Radiological Sciences students compete at conference
A dozen students from Penn State New Kensington’s radiological sciences program not only learned valuable lessons but had a chance to test their knowledge at the Pennsylvania Society of Radiological Technologists conference, held April 13-14 at Seven Springs Resort.
The conference not only welcomed those from around the state but was open to any radiological professional in the country.
The event, which Penn State New Kensington radiological sciences students have a chance to attend every year, offers a valuable experience, said Debra Majetic, program director of Penn State New Kensington’s radiological sciences program.
“As part of this profession and their future, what myself and the clinical coordinator (Marcia Curler) want the students to see is how a professional society is run,” she said. “We want them to see what a professional society is.”
Students had a chance to not only do that, but to compete in a number of ways, including poster presentations, image analysis and in the Techno Bowl.
Two Penn State New Kensington students won a top spot in the latter, a quiz-style competition featuring questions about radiological science. Bill Henry and Lydia Johnson, both second-year students in Penn State New Kensington’s two-year radiological technician associates degree program, placed second.
Keaton Truitt and Caitlin Gallagher, both second-year students in the program, also fared well, winning $25 Sheetz gift cards in a contest to identify the pathologies on x-ray images.
“Our students always present themselves well, no matter where I’ve taken them,” Majetic said. “I think they were very professional. They had the opportunity to interact with other students and other technologists (from) across the state.”
For Carlise Cramner, a 31-year old second-year student from West Sunbury, that opportunity was a welcome one. She liked having a chance to interact with those in the field, including those who oversee the society.
“It was a nice experience because you get to see the technologists that are out there in the community and also it was good to see how the board works and what they do for the technologists,” she said.
Cramner also gained valuable insight from the speakers, she said.
“We got to hear about the research that’s going on,” she said. “I’d say that’s the most important thing.”