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Freshman Seminar Project: Radiology 2017

Freshman Seminar Project: Radiology 2017


Thank you for coming. You are welcome. Did anyone encourage you to go into the radiology
business? No actually, I didn’t because when I was pregnant
with my first son, I just thought that it would be very interesting and started in nursing
and didn’t like it very much. I didn’t like hurting people so that’s how
I got into the ultrasound aspect of it. What advice would you give to someone who
wants to choose this type of career? Do well in school. You have to like math, there’s lots of physics
involved. It’s very rewarding but it’s very challenging. We have to deal with a lot of sick babies,
babies that don’t live and babies that have a lot of problems. And you have to have an emotional backbone
to be able to deal with that kind of struggle. Would you consider this your work or, like,
your life’s work? Uh, it’s my career. I mean it’s, uh, it’s a great career, I love
what I do. It’s very rewarding, both financially and,
you know, I feel like I give something to the world. Did anyone pressure you into changing your
career? No. Going along with that question, was there
anybody that discouraged you from going into this career? No. Good! Is there, like a certain personality trait
that you have to have? You have to have a very strong personality
because some of the people of you work with. . .you have to believe in what you do and,
um, be, uh how do I say it? You just have to be confident in yourself
and your work so you can explain things, and um, just do a good job. And what about the personality traits for
going through all the schooling? It takes a lot of dedication. I got my bachelor’s degree first and then
I went into nursing. And then I went through an additional 4 years
of sonography because I do genetic stuff, not just like regular stuff. How do you deal with the emotional connection
when you have to tell somebody their baby is dead? Uh, you have to be sympathetic, you have to
be empathetic, you have to give them the facts and let them make decisions themselves. You can’t sway them one way or another. If there’s something wrong with their baby,
it’s their option to either terminate the pregnancy or continue the pregnancy. You have to be sensitive, as well. You can’t be cold about it because it’s not
good. You should care. What would you say the hardest part of your
job is? Telling people when their baby’s dead. That’s awful. Are there any, um, high school classes that
you can take in advance that would help in this career? Biology, physiology, math, physics. OK. Did you have any small failures along the
way? Oh, I had a lot of failures. I got pregnant while I was still in school. I wasn’t married. It was, you know, it was a struggle. You know, I didn’t know if I wanted to do
it and I had to work to take care of a kid and go to school. So yeah, it’s not easy. It’s not easy, but you know, anything worth
having isn’t every gonna be that easy. Anything that you really want that’s going
to pay off is going to be hard work. What’s one thing you’d want us to know if
we wanted to join this work space? What’s one thing I’d want you to know? Be ready for challenges. Don’t think it’s gonna come easy. There’s lots of tests and credentials. Lots of long nights studying. But it’s worth it. Is there anything that you regret doing? Like, did this career make you miss something? Did you have any regrets about choosing this
career? No, the only, the only issue I had with it
is it’s very physically tiring. It’s hard on your body and it’s not easy. It’s, it’s very physical and that would be
the hardest part about it. But no regrets. If you weren’t working in the radiology field,
what else would you want to be doing? Um, that’s a good question. I don’t know, I’d probably be an actress or
something.

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