OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Department of Radiologic Sciences was named the best training program in the country by Auntminnie.com, the web site of a national organization of radiologists and medical imaging professionals.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by the society,” said Robert Walker, chairman of the radiologic sciences program.
WSU’s program was selected from a pool of 18 institutions, representing 15 states. The departments were recognized for contributions and achievements made during the 2001-02 academic year beginning September 1, 2001.
The Auntminnie.com selection process included three rounds: nominations, semifinals and finals, which concluded November 17. This year’s competition featured 228 candidates in 15 different categories. The winning candidates were selected by radiologists and other professionals in the radiology field.
WSU’s program will be honored at a formal presentation during the Radiologic Society of North America’s (RSNA) national convention in Chicago next month.
WSU’s Jane Van Valkenburg, radiologic sciences professor, was the runner up for Most Effective Radiologist Technologist Educator of the year. She was among 17 candidates nationwide vying for the honor.
The Department of Radiologic Sciences prepares students for careers in health care by teaching them about human anatomy and physiology along with the latest developments in medical technology. They learn to produce medical images that are indispensable diagnostic tools for the medical community. Students also develop patient care and assessment skills. The department’s graduates are employed in hospitals across the state and Intermountain region, working in such fields as radiography (X-ray), nuclear medicine, sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammography.
The department has been recognized as a model program by a variety of groups. In 1990, it received the Secretary's Award from the U.S. Secretary of Education as an outstanding vocational education program.
AuntMinnie.com provides an online forum for radiologists, business managers, technologists, members of organized medicine, and industry to meet, transact, research, and collaborate on topics within the field of radiology.
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