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Jefferson Named Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program

12/11/14

Training program faculty with award

At the RSNA’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago in December, the Department of Radiologic Sciences in Jefferson’s College of Health Professions received top honors as Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program.

This award is part of an annual competition held by AuntMinnie.com, one of the most respected and comprehensive websites for radiology professionals. The awards, known as the “Minnies,” are the website’s effort to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging.

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Frances Gilman DHSc, RT(R)(CT)(MR)(CV), shares that a key differentiator of Jefferson’s program is that graduates finish with a Bachelor of Science (BS), rather than the more typical Associate’s degree (AS).

Gilman believes that a BS degree aligns well with hospitals’ increasing emphasis on quality. Frequently, this translates into employers’ desire to hire staff members who are more credentialed and better educated.

Gilman adds that trainees who graduate with a BS have greater flexibility. Rather than exclusively focusing on one modality, Gilman sees many Thomas Jefferson graduates working in radiography one day and MRI the next.

As a whole, Jefferson’s program offers eight different imaging tracks, including radiography, MRI, CT, radiation therapy and medical dosimetry. Each program takes one year to complete.

“A BS degree will open more doors," Gilman says. "If graduates want to move into management or education, they have the degree. Our students do very well in the job market."

Dr. Gilman was also named first runner-up as Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator at the 2014 RSNA conference.