Wallace State Diagnostic Imaging students win Student Bowl trophy for 2nd year

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Wallace State Community College Diagnostic Imaging students Rebecca Watkins, left, Haileigh Turner, Loronda Dodson and Brandon Gentry brought home the Student Bowl trophy for the second year in a row during competitions held during the 72nd annual meeting of the Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists (ALSRT) at Lake Guntersville State Park.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Wallace State Community College Diagnostic Imaging program held on to the trophy it claimed last year when students came in first place at the Student Bowl for the second year in a row during competitions at the 72nd annual meeting of the Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists (ALSRT) at Lake Guntersville State Park.

The purpose of the ALSRT is to advance the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy; to maintain high standards of education; to enhance the quality of patient care; and to further the welfare and socioeconomics of radiologic technologists in the state of Alabama. During the three-day event, the Society conducted business, provided quality educational opportunities for students and technologists, and of course fun and fellowship.

The weekend also included several student activities and competitions such as scientific essays, scientific exhibits and the student bowl. Wallace State Diagnostic Imaging students submitted two scientific exhibits and also participated in the student bowl. The students on the winning Student Bowl team included Loronda Davidson, Brandon Gentry, Haileigh Turner and Rebecca Watkins. Tayler Lindley won second place for her scientific exhibit and Rebecca Watkins won third place for her exhibit.

“The annual conference is always one of the highlights of our year,” said Jim Malone, Director of the Diagnostic Imaging program. “It allows our students to participate in professional activities and network with potential employers.”

One of the highlights of this year’s meeting was the topic of state licensure for radiologic technologists. Alabama is one of four states that does not currently regulate individuals who perform radiologic exams. The Alabama Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Patient Safety Act was introduced this legislative session by Sen. Tom Whatley of Senate District 27. The emphasis of this legislation is to ensure that the residents of Alabama receive quality patient care through standardized education and demonstration of competency by medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. To ensure the safety for you and your family when having radiologic exams, contact your representative and voice your support by clicking on the following link: http://cqrcengage.com/asrt/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=498505

The Diagnostic Imaging program is accepting applications through June 1 for Fall 2019 entry. Visit www.wallacestate.edu to learn more or contact Malone at 256-352-8309 or james.malone@wallacestate.edu.