Q&A With Radiologic Technology Senior Class President Madisyn Aleks
Q: What inspired you to study radiologic technology?
A: I have always known that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field one day. I was looking into professional health programs at Wayne State University and realized they had a Radiologic Technology program. After learning how I could assist patients and be a part of the diagnostic process, I was inspired to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist.
Q: How is your Wayne State experience so far?
A: I love the program! Now that I’m in my last semester, I am amazed by how much I have learned and experienced within the past two years of the program. I have had the opportunity to work alongside registered radiologic technologists, doctors and many other personnel at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Q: Why WSU Applebaum?
A: I am a legacy student. My grandfather and father both graduated from the Wayne State University Mortuary Science program — my grandfather in 1947 and my father in 1980. Their success encouraged me to choose WSU, along with the Radiologic Technology program’s partnership with Henry Ford Hospital.
Q: Tell me about your leadership role in the college.
A: As class president, I have organized fundraisers for educational opportunities, attended Dean’s Student Activities Committee meetings, held class meetings regarding important matters, and am currently looking forward to speaking at the Radiologic Technology program completion ceremony. With the help and support of my fellow classmates, being class president has been a wonderful experience.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: After earning my degree, I hope to gain employment shortly after passing my board exams. I am also considering furthering my education within the field.
Q: How has the pandemic affected your plans or the way you think about a future in health care?
A: After experiencing the pandemic while in the Radiologic Technology program, I appreciate the overall significance of our position as health care workers. As frontline workers, we play an important role in patients’ well-being. The pandemic has definitely emphasized how important it is to follow safety protocols and precautions in the medical field.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for students following in your footsteps?
A: Some advice I would give to those considering the Radiologic Technology program:
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
• Take any help or suggestions that come your way.
• Learn what study habits work for you.
• Treat others the way you would want to be treated as a patient and as a human being.
Radiologic technologists are health care professionals who administer prescribed radiation to help diagnose medical conditions. They perform procedures such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI exams. The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Radiologic Technology program was Michigan’s first accredited bachelor’s degree program in the field, with an application deadline of Dec. 15.