Ashley Joia ‘19, a radiologic technology student in the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, was one of only 94 students nationally to be selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2017 Student Leadership Development Program in Orlando, Fl. This program offers students a chance to get to know the ASRT, attend educational sessions, and network with medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.
“I now know I am prepared to take on leadership roles in my profession,” says Joia. “This is a unique opportunity for students to experience meetings about legislature and standards that affect radiologic science professionals. I am inspired to tell others about my experience and encourage them to become involved with ASRT,” Joia concludes.
While she attended the program from June 22 to June 25, Joia attended the Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting and participated in educational courses. One of the courses that she really enjoyed was a forensics lecture where she learned how imaging can be applied to police investigations. The program also introduced her to mobile computed tomography (CT), a new technology that is currently only available in five locations in the country. Computed tomography is a diagnostic imaging test used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels. The machines used for this test today are very large and heavy and require patients to travel. The mobile device, which is currently in trial for distress calls related to strokes, may allow for a faster diagnosis with scans taking place in an ambulance.
“It is no surprise that Ashley applied for and was granted a place in this year’s ASRT Student Leadership Development Program, as she has already established herself as a leader here on campus and in her clinical work with our affiliate partners,” says Dan DeMaio, chair of the Health Sciences and Nursing department at the University of Hartford. “Ashley is the sixth student from our program to be selected for this opportunity over the past five years. Our program is committed to not only educationally preparing and clinically training radiographers, but to help foster the growth of future leaders in the radiologic sciences. The ongoing participation of our students in the ASRT program is a key component to this commitment.”
The ASRT is the largest radiologic science association in the world, representing more than 150,000 members who 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.