A large group representing Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences traveled to Las Vegas the first week of February to attend the 43rd annual Association of Collegiate Educator in Radiologic Technology (ACERT) conference. The conference is dedicated to improving the quality of education at the collegiate level in radiologic technology. This year over 800 educators, students and vendors from across the country attended the conference.
Over the course of three days, experts in the field gave presentations on a wide variety of subjects related to medical imaging. In addition to the presentations, there were a number of student competitions such as an essay and research poster contest. The opportunity to share best practices, learn new trends in medical imaging and education programs, as well as meet faculty and students from across the country was invaluable for educators and students alike.
College of Health Sciences faculty Leslie Kendrick and Travis Armstrong joined 21 members of the Boise State Student Association of Radiologic Technology (SART) in attending the conference. The conference allowed for the promotion of Boise State’s online Imaging Sciences A.S. to B.S. and Kendrick also served as a judge for the poster competition.
Continuing the long tradition of Boise State students performing well in the competitions, the top two places in the student essay competition were claimed by Boise State. This is the 11th year in a row that at least one student or student group has placed in the top three of the competition. In first place was Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, and Amy Woolley with their essay, “Effects of Hand Washing Versus Hand Sanitizing on Various Pathogenic Organisms in the Hospital.” In second place was Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, and Ingred Stokes with their essay, “The Differences in Dose to the Thyroid in a Stationary X-ray Unit Versus a Portable Unit.”