By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL
Pima Community College radiology student Aimee Peck has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2011 Student Initiative Program.
Peck will receive an all-expenses paid trip to an ASRT educational symposium June 16-19 in Albuquerque, N.M. She will attend a student program and be assigned a professional mentor.
“This is an amazing opportunity to advance my future as a radiology tech,” Peck said. “There will be opportunities to meet other students, to talk to them to see what they’re going through.”
ASRT members perform medical imaging procedures and deliver radiation therapy treatments.
Peck was one of 62 students chosen from more than 180 entries submitted by radiologic science students nationwide in a “Welcome to Your Future” essay competition.
“The Student Initiative Program is a great way to get radiologic science students involved in the ASRT early in their careers,” ASRT President James Temme said in a press release.
Peck said she chose to enroll in Pima’s radiology technology program because she was feeling unsatisfied in her job as the director of service excellence at a veterinary hospital.
Having a sister who is an emergency room nurse was another factor. She liked the idea of interacting with people.
Peck is currently performing the 1,800-hour clinical portion of her training at Tucson Medical Center.
After passing the radiology test at the end of next semester, Peck hopes to specialize in radiation for cancer patients. That will take an additional two years of training.
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