The Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists (PSRT) has selected Misericordia University medical imaging major Emily Morahan of Pittston Twp., to represent the Keystone state at the 2020 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The daughter of Richard and Diana Morahan will participate in the ASRT Educational Symposium and House of Delegates Meeting from June 24-28.
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 High School graduate and Misericordia University junior wrote how life circumstances and the desire to help others led her to pursuing a career in the medical imaging sciences. "Radiation therapy was an obvious career path for me once I learned more about it," Morahan acknowledged in her essay. "From a young age, I have heard all these imaging terms and talk of hospitals, and it captured my attention.
"My mother has fought multiple cancers since I was five years old, and every time she got through it. I am very fortunate. Therefore, I feel I have a responsibility to pay the service forward. My career goals are to give people years with their loved ones, enhance the quality of their lives, and make their time with me as comfortable as possible," added Morahan, who also has a minor in management.
The ASRT Leadership Program also will enable Morahan to polish her already notable leadership skills from the classroom and in the community. A member of the Medical Imaging Club since her freshman year, she has volunteered for programs benefitting the Weinberg Regional Food Bank for the Commission of Economic Opportunity, Relay for Life, Cougars Against Cancer and Habitat for Humanity.
"I know if I try hard enough, one day I will be a strong asset to an even stronger team," Morahan wrote. "To become a strong leader, I will keep pushing myself to do something better than I did the last time and grow from my experiences. The ASRT program will be the experience that pushes me forward in my education and career.
"Having the opportunity to learn from experienced radiation therapy professionals at this stage of my career would be very helpful," she added.
Morahan will complete an internship in radiation therapy during her senior year at Misericordia University. She plans on attending graduate school to major in dosimetry after graduation in spring 2021.
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 Emily Morahan of Pittston Twp., Pa., to represent the Keystone state at the 2020 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Morahan, 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 chairperson of the Department of Medical Imaging, poses with Morahan after learning about her selection.