16 January 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — A team of future X-ray technologists and radiographers from Indiana University Kokomo outscored 23 other groups to win a state championship.
Lindsey Barnes, Kenzie Daniel, and Stephanie Parton won the campus' second Indiana Society of Radiographic Technologists Quiz Bowl championship during the recent state conference.
Daniel said the win demonstrates the quality of the radiography program, as the quiz bowl questions cover topics ranging from radiation protection and imaging procedures to patient care and education and equipment operation.
"Understanding the material we are taught in the classroom, as well as at our clinical sites, is the foundation for our development as technologists," she said. "We have amazing professors who take a genuine interest in our education. It was gratifying to show them all those hours we spend in class and at clinicals are paying off."
John Hughey, chairperson of allied health sciences, coached the team.
A second IU Kokomo team, including Hollie Boyles, Evan O'Connor, and Jenna Pfeiffer, also competed, coached by Diana Mishler, clinical assistant professor and coordinator of medical imaging technology.
Heidi Sebastian, clinical assistant professor in radiographic science, said IU Kokomo's team tied with Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne after the first 60 questions, and then earned a perfect five out of five in the tiebreaker. They received a traveling trophy, and each student also won a medal and cash award, which they will use to attend another professional conference.
Questions are displayed at the front of the competition room, and teams then may confer briefly and write down their answer on a scorecard within 30 seconds. Each team has a judge, a coach from another team, who scores their answers at the end.
"We are proud of both of our teams," Sebastian said. "They worked hard, and scored well on some difficult questions. This is a great honor."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
10 July 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Clinical Assistant Professor Diana Mishler will have a voice for patient care as a council member on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
Mishler recently began her four-year term on the ASRT – a professional organization that provides research, education, and advocacy for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. The ASRT also reviews and revises the practice standards for all imaging modality technologists.
"As a council member, I will be part of shaping the educational standards for medical imaging professionals," Mishler said, who serves as the ultrasound representative on the national council. "I will know and teach the most up-to-date standards to my students. This profession changes rapidly, and it's exciting to have an impact on patient care."
She said her appointment reflects the quality of IU Kokomo's medical imaging programs, and the respect those programs receive.
"We have the only bachelor's degree program in the state that you can graduate from and be board certified in any imaging modality without additional practice or exams," she said. "Our program is distinguished in the state for that."
John Hughey, chairman of the Division of Allied Health Sciences, said Mishler's appointment gives IU Kokomo a voice on the national board as it develops policies and procedures. It also makes the programs more visible in the radiology community.
"It also shows that our programs and professors are recognized as exemplary in the medical imaging professions," he said. "For the students, it increases the visibility of the program. This means greater employment possibilities, because our program is recognized on a national level."
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
26 May 2011
KOKOMO, Ind. – “RT in DC” may sound like the name of the latest rock band, but for John Hughey it’s all about patient safety.
Hughey, chair of the Division of Allied Health, took to Capitol Hill recently to join more than 100 other radiologic technologists to lobby for a bill that will improve the safety of patients undergoing medical imaging or radiation therapy. He was selected among hundreds of Hoosiers in his field by the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT). John was accompanied by his wife, Karen, who is also a radiologic technologist.
The meetings were in conjunction with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) campaign called “RT in DC.” The ISRT contacted Hughey to attend and seek support from Indiana Congressmen and Senators of the CARE bill – Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in medical imaging and radiation therapy.
Hughey was able to meet with U.S. Reps. Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, and Mike Pence, as well as representatives of Sens. Richard Lugar and Andre Carson.
“Passing of the CARE bill will improve patient safety by setting federal minimum educational standards for individuals who perform medical imaging examination and who plan or deliver radiation therapy,” said Hughey. “The ASRT, along with the Alliance for Quality Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy – an organization of manufacturers of radiation producing equipment – have been working to pass this legislation for the last few years.”
The CARE bill could potentially save the federal government more than $92 million over a five-year span by preventing mistakes and reducing repeated examinations, according to the Congressional Budget Office, added Hughey.
“The CARE bill is important to us as radiologic sciences professionals because it directly benefits patient care,” said Hughey. “Part of the concern regarding medical radiation errors has been to determine where the root cause is occurring. Equipment manufacturers have been designing software and other safeguards. We, as a profession, must do our part in educating radiologic technologists in ways that can reduce radiation.”
18 October 2010
KOKOMO, Ind. –A group of radiography students at Indiana University Kokomo recently took first place in a statewide quiz bowl competition, and now will head to Florida for a nationwide contest in the spring.
IU Kokomo's Team X-Posed, comprised of Erika Boyd, Will Day, Leslie Schumacher,Emily Casper, alternate, and Coach John Hughey, brought home a first-place plaque and traveling quiz bowl "Bowl" trophy to campus. Each member of the team also received a First Place Medal.