The Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT) has selected Misericordia University medical imaging major Rachel Naylor of Duryea to represent the Keystone state at the 2019 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program in Orlando, Florida.
Naylor, the daughter of Mark and Sharyn Naylor will participate in the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting from June 20-23.
PSRT selected the Misericordia University student after reviewing essays from radiologic technology students throughout 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.
In her essay, the Pittston Area High School graduate wrote how she has "always taken an interest in trying to make the world a better place for everyone'' and how service opportunities at Misericordia have enabled her to expand upon that noble goal.
"Misericordia pushes its students to get involved in volunteer services and help others in the community,'' wrote Naylor, a senior in the medical imaging program. "Misericordia has provided me with countless amounts of opportunities that have allowed me to grow as a person through service. I believe the Student Leadership Development Program would be the next step for me to get involved in something bigger.''
Naylor has been a member of the Medical Imaging Club since her sophomore year, enabling her to participate in numerous volunteer activities with Cougars Connect for Cancer, the Wish Upon A Star program, Relay for Life and more.
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 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.
For more information about the medical imaging program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/mi.
The Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists has selected Misericordia University medical imaging major Rachel Naylor of Duryea, Pa., to represent the Keystone state at the 2019 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program in Orlando, Fla. Naylor, a Pittston Area High School graduate, will participate in the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates meeting in June. Paula Pate-Schloder, M.S., R.T., (R) (CV) (CT) (VI), F.A.I.E.R.S., left, associate professor and chair of the Department of Medical Imaging, poses with Naylor after learning about her selection.