Leigh, Radiologic Sciences: Nuclear Medicine | email
Washington Township High School '06 >> Gloucester County College '08 >>
Before applying to Jefferson, I called Admissions to find out more about the Nuclear Medicine program. They suggested that I shadow a Nuclear Medicine technician at Jefferson Hospital and even arranged the visit for me. Jefferson’s Admissions counselors are fantastic. They kept in constant communication with me, through email and regular on-campus visits, and made sure that I was prepared to succeed at Jefferson. Compared to someone who isn’t a part of the PACE program, I knew my way around campus very well. Whenever my PACE cohort came to campus, they’d take us on a tour, so I had seen Jefferson five times prior to starting classes.
When you come to Jefferson, be prepared for a lot of work. I’m much busier now than I was at county college. You don’t have a lot of free time or the luxury of a part-time job. It’s a time commitment; an average week consists of clinical three days a week and class two days a week.
My experience at Jefferson has been unique because I actually started clinical before I started class. I was expected to show up at the clinical site immediately after Orientation, ready to learn right away. The attending technicians know that you haven’t been to class yet, so they teach you but don’t expect you to understand everything right away.
There aren’t a lot of schools in the Philadelphia area that have a Nuclear Medicine program. Jefferson’s program and clinical affiliations are superb; there are a lot of top hospitals to choose from. Completing my degree at Jefferson allows me to complete two modalities – Nuclear Medicine and Cardiac Sonography – in the time it usually takes to complete one. The two modalities are complementary because in Nuclear Medicine, we perform stress tests which usually result in sending the patient to the Cardiac Sonography department for an echocardiogram. Also, Nuclear Medicine technicians generally work on-call, so I’m hoping to do Cardiac Sonography during day and Nuclear Medicine on-call.