The Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT) has selected Misericordia University medical imaging majors Naejana Carredo of Dallas and Megan Mary Meckling of Centennial, Colorado, to represent the Keystone state at the 2018 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program in Las Vegas.
The Misericordia University students will participate in the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting from June 21-24.
PSRT selected the Misericordia University students after reviewing essays from radiologic technology students in the state. In the 500-700-word essays, the students outlined how they expected to grow professionally by participating in the all-expenses paid program and trip. Up to 100 students – two per state – were eligible for the program, which also includes educational programs designed for students, professional mentorship meetings, and an insider’s look into the largest association for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.
The daughter of Bill and Ginny Meckling has always envisioned herself working in health care. She loves the career diversity the field of medical imaging offers professionals, and also believes the special ASRT program will enable her to one day realize another goal. “I am truly passionate about medical imaging,’’ wrote Meckling, a junior. “Some days I dream of working on the heart in cardiac catheterization, while others I dream of treating cancer with radiation therapy. It is absolutely incredible that with medical imaging I am able to do all of these things.
“I know that I would like to hold a leadership position in whichever specialization I choose. Attending the ASRT Student Leadership Development Program is a crucial way to help lead me towards my goal, by showing me what it takes to be a leader in the medical imaging field,’’ Meckling wrote in her essay.
Carredo, a native of the Philippines, wrote in her essay how the combination of collegiate extracurricular activities and knowledge gained at the national symposium will enable her to share best practices in medical imaging with other parts of the world in need. “Through this leadership program, it would help me share the knowledge that I learned through the speakers and gladly incorporate it to real-life terms,’’ wrote Carredo, who served as the communications coordinator for the Medical Imaging Club, mentored underclassmen and more.
“The growing love I have for this field makes me want to advocate for the need of safe radiography practice and patient care back to my home country in Southeast Asia, and God-willing to other third world countries,’’ she wrote. “I plan to do international radiology outreaches, where resources are viable and limited which can be made possible by being an ISRRT (International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists) member after I graduate all while dedicating my time to volunteer towards RAD-AID International.’’
ASRT represents more than 152,000 members that perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The society also provides radiologic technology students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Misericordia University Medical Imaging Program is the only Bachelor of Science-level medical imaging program in northeastern Pennsylvania and one of only two in the state. The program features six full-time faculty members with more than 90 years of combined professional and academic experience who are also cross-trained in multiple modalities.
The program also has strong relationships with 29 clinical sites in the region, some of which have been with the program since its inception in 1973. This relationship affords Misericordia students valuable clinical internships at prestigious facilities that provide real-world experience.
Medical imaging students at Misericordia concentrate on radiography until their senior year. During their fourth year, students participate in an internship that affords them clinical education experience in advanced imaging modalities. A career in medical imaging offers numerous opportunities due to the myriad of specialty fields. A medical imaging major, for example, can specialize in radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and computed tomography, to name a few. There also are opportunities in education, management and sales in the imaging sciences.