April 08, 2014

Radiation Therapy Student Encourages Volunteerism in ASRT Scanner Article

Andrew Rieck, RT(R), of Mohnton, Pa., a student in the one-year advanced placement program in radiation therapy at Thomas Jefferson University, had an article published in the August/September 2013 issue of the ASRT Scanner. The article, “Jumpstart Your Career As a Volunteer: Stand Out by Getting Involved,” offers readers several ways they can advance their careers by getting involved in the profession.

Rieck speaks from experience: he is an active volunteer in the profession and beyond. In fact, “I became an ASRT member before I started classes by sending them a copy of my acceptance letter,” he says. “I was anxious to become a part of the profession and begin receiving their publications.”

In June 2012 Rieck entered an essay contest and was selected to participate in the ASRT Student Leadership Development Program, through which he attended the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting. After attending the conference he volunteered with the organization and was appointed to the 2013 ASRT Commission by the Speaker of the House, Sandra Hayden.  “I served on the commission by attending meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico and helping with changes to the practice standards for several different modalities,” he shares.

Rieck attended the annual conference again this past summer to maintain his connections. In his article in the Scanner he writes that meeting leaders of the ASRT and other professionals in the field through the program was encouraging because they “expressed sincere interest in students as the future leaders of the profession and are important connections as you prepare for your career.”

Currently Rieck is working with an ASRT subcommittee for RT Advocacy. In addition to his involvement with ASRT, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Philadelphia Society of Radiologic Technologists, and RAD-AID, a nonprofit organization focused on assisting developing countries to implement and optimize radiology and health imaging services while improving the role of radiology in global public health initiatives.

Earlier this year, Rieck received the Varian Radiation Therapy Advancement Scholarship through ASRT. Following graduation in 2014, Rieck plans to pursue a career in radiation therapy, to maintain his involvement in the professional organizations and encourage students and colleagues to get involved, too.