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Interview: drs. F. Oldenburger

drs. F. Oldenburger

At that time the head of the Department of Radiation Oncology & Nuclear Medicine was Prof. dr. Ismail Kazem. He was of Egyptian descent and had received his medical training in the UK and Germany. He was quite a character, best illustrated by the fact that apart from being an excellent physician, he was also a poet. As a teacher he believed in throwing his trainees in at the deep end, which was challenging at times, but also resulted in rapid acquisition of knowledge in a very short time. He considered his trainees ompetent physicians from day one and considered every treatment plan you came up with carefully before making some suggestions for improvement. During my training he left and was succeeded by Prof. dr. W.A.J. van Daal. I finished my training in 1986. During my training I was also involved in pediatric radiotherapy.

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Interview: prof. dr. P. Wesseling

prof. dr. P. Wesseling

Some MD’s already know in their infancy what they would like to become (pediatrician!; brain surgeon!) and manage to make that dream come true. However the road to my ‘final destination’ in Medicine was quite different. After finishing highschool I had figured out that I wanted to become a dentist. I assumed that this would allow me to combine intellectual challenges with workmanship (sic!). Nevertheless a few weeks into the  first lectures in dentistry (UvA, 1977) I started to doubt whether  dentistry was really the right choice for me.

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