Student attendees at the annual Florida Nuclear Medicine Society convention recently had an opportunity to show what they can do. Four students in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (FHCHS) were able to showcase their knowledge of the field by giving 10-minute presentations on relevant issues and interesting case studies.
Krystal Kirk, Rebekah Fana, Nicole Henderson, and John Merrill were the only students to give presentations at this year’s convention, meaning FHCHS was the lone school represented by students.
With topics ranging from Gallium 67 imaging, F-18 PET bone scans, incidental hepatic findings of cardiac imaging with sestamibi, to even a history of Tc-MAG3, it comes as no surprise that these students were there to impress.
"The more you research your topic the more you learn about it, which gives you an advantage when you graduate and enter the field," noted Merrill.
However, not all of their time was spent demonstrating comprehension of their chosen subjects; a greater portion of their stay involved meeting practitioners with the ability to hire new graduates.
"It’s a great way to network and to be noticed," commented Kirk.
For students looking to follow in their footsteps, Nicole Henderson had this advice: "I definitely recommend presenting if given the chance," stated Henderson. "[Nuclear Medicine Technologists] are going to remember your face if you present and maybe your name if a resume winds up on their desk."
This was the first and last time the four were able to present at the convention as students, since their graduation is quickly approaching. Yet, they agree that the trip was a success in more ways than one.