IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Morgan Reynolds
Radiologic Technician embraces Golden Rule
For SJR State graduate Morgan Reynolds, the Radiologic Technology program was an ideal start to his long-term goal of becoming a doctor. The program gave Morgan a solid academic foundation in the health care industry while preparing him for employment. “While continuing my education is very important to me, I did not want to accrue a lot of debt,” Morgan said. “I can now work while I put myself through medical school.”
For Morgan, earning his Associate in Science degree and becoming a technician provided him with vital, personal patient contact. “It is an essential stepping stone in my path toward becoming a doctor,” Morgan said. “The medical knowledge I gained from the program will also aid me throughout any medical career, without a doubt.”
“It’s very important to me to experience patient contact. I’ve learned how to sympathize with every kind of patient, ranging from small children to the elderly,” he said.
“I specifically remember one elderly patient who couldn't do much on her own and required a lot of assistance. The doctor had ordered a lot of radiographs, so the procedure was going to take a while. We began to talk while I was taking her X-rays. She told me all about her grandchildren and great grandchildren and how she was so proud of them. I could relate to her because my grandparents are very proud of me and my accomplishments. I also told her about my future plans of becoming a doctor,” Morgan recalled.
The patient then told him to stop the procedure. As he did, she grabbed his hand, looked him straight in the eyes said, “‘You will make a great doctor one day, Morgan. We need more doctors that treat patients the way you have treated me. Even though I am sick and don't feel well, you have made my entire day by just talking to me.’”
Morgan said her comment touched him beyond words. “I make sure I treat every patient the way that I would want to be treated,” he said.
As part of the program, the Healthcare Education Alliance (HEAL) grant project also provided Morgan with workshops and training on how to improve his study skills and prepare for his job search.
Morgan said the services were vital to his success in finding employment as a radiologic technologist. “The instructors taught me how to study for the ARRT exam and how to apply for a job,” Morgan said. “I think the best service that was offered was the mock interview. Having never officially interviewed for a professional position, I had no idea what to expect. They walked me through how an interview works, gave me pointers on dressing and presentation, and even helped me write my resume.”
Morgan said the grants and financial assistance he received was very helpful as well. “The HEAL office wants to see you succeed in the program, and they will help in any way possible,” he said.
After graduation, Morgan began working at the Medical Express of Palatka. “It allows me to perform additional medical-related tasks, such as taking vitals, assisting the doctor in treating wounds and patient intake,” he said. “Although the program is primarily focused on radiology, I feel prepared to take on a wide range of medical duties.”