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Jefferson Named Best Radiologic Technologist Training Program

12/11/14

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At the RSNA’s 100th annual meeting in Chicago in December, the Department of Radiologic Sciences in Jefferson’s School 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.

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Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research.   Founded in 1824, TJU includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), one of the largest private medical schools in the country and ranked among the nation’s best medical schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Jefferson Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Population Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Jefferson University Physicians is TJU’s multi-specialty physician practice consisting of the full-time faculty of SKMC.  Thomas Jefferson University partners with its clinical affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.