ALEXANDRIA - LSUA Radiologic Technology students and faculty attended the 64th Annual Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists meeting in Baton Rouge earlier this month. Three students, Caitlin Belgard, Zoe Mc Robert, and Kallie Zerangue, participated in the Student Leadership Development Program. Caitlin Belgard received a scholarship from MD Anderson and was recognized as the Outstanding SLDP student! Morgan Speyrer was elected to serve as the central regional representative on the LSRT Student Advisory Council. Professor Sarah Barnes was elected and installed as President-elect of the society, while Melissa Whitley, Department Chair of Allied Health, was recognized for her service to the LSRT Board.
"During the Student Leadership Program at the LSRT conference this year, I learned valuable skills that I am able to take with me into the future and put to use within my profession,” explained LSUA Rad Tech student Zoe McRobert. “These skills will help me stand out in the crowd as well as help the profession as a whole. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and network with students from other schools while seeing their perspectives on the issues that were discussed. This program truly helped me to step out of my comfort zone a bit and take some initiative."
"The Student Leadership Program at the LSRT convention was greater than I ever expected,” said Kallie Zerangue, LSUA Rad Tech Student. “It made me step out of my comfort zone and pitch in my personal opinions and ideas while also being able to listen to other students' thoughts. We all have different experiences, so it was extremely interesting to see the similarities and differences we each had while being a Rad Tech student."
The Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (LSRT) is the only professional organization in Louisiana to represent Radiologic and Imaging professionals. LSRT's purpose is to advance the professions of radiation and imaging specialties, to maintain high standards of education, to enhance the quality of patient care, and to further the welfare and socioeconomics of Radiologic Technologists. At the annual meeting, students and technologists from across Louisiana come together to hear lectures from medical professionals from various part of the US, gain continuing education, and explore networking opportunities. At this year's conference, our students heard from the President-elect of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Brandon Smith on building professionalism and community among health care professionals.
Caitlin Belgard, LSUA Rad Tech student, said, "Being a part of the Student Leadership Development Program was a blessing in disguise! In the program, not only was I pulled out of my comfort zone, but I also revealed a part of me that I may never have been able to find on my own. It is interesting to meet all the different people and develop professional relationships before ever graduating and entering your career."
Dr. Haywood Joiner, Dean of the College of Health & Human Services, concluded, "We are delighted that our radiologic technology students had the opportunity to attend the recent meeting of the Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (LSRT). The meeting gives students the opportunity to network with students from across the state, participate in continuing education activities, and connect with potential employers."
Written by Melissa Whitley
Photo credit - LSUA Allied Health