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Students Selected as Interns at State Professional Society Gathering


Two students majoring in radiography at Pennsylvania College of Technology were among six from across the state selected to serve as interns for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting in Wilkes-Barre.

As interns, Abigail M. Hricko, of Nicholson, and Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, shadowed the society’s board of directors members throughout the two-day meeting, helping to run event registration, introducing speakers and keeping time for speaker presentations. Alongside their mentors, they attended the society’s executive board meeting, at which they were encouraged to give input from the student perspective.

Penn College radiography students Jessica L. Reed (left) of South Williamsport, and Abigail M. Hricko, of Nicholson, were selected to serve as interns for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting.
Penn College radiography students Jessica L. Reed (left) of South Williamsport, and Abigail M. Hricko, of Nicholson, were selected to serve as interns for the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting.

Hricko shadowed Maria Messner, chair of the society’s board of directors and clinical instructor at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences. Reed shadowed Sharon Miller, board member at-large and assistant professor of medical imaging and radiation sciences at Mount Aloysius College.

In addition, Hricko and Reed attended several presentations, where they learned about current and future medical-imaging topics and participated in a review session to help prepare them for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam.

While students generally wait six months to a year after graduation to take the registry exam, both Hricko and Reed have indicated they want to sit for the exam the Monday after their anticipated August graduation.

“The experience taught them many things, but most importantly, how they can have a voice in their chosen profession and make a difference to future technologists by being active in professional societies,” said Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director of radiography at Penn College. “Both students were asked to stay on as student board members.”

To be considered for the internships, Hricko and Reed submitted an application, personal profile and essay, along with a letter of reference from Cletus G. Waldman, interim director of radiography at Penn College.

To learn more about medical imaging majors at Penn College, call 570-327-4519.

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