I Am A Valley Girl Essay

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I’m a valley girl, a Santa Maria Valley girl to be exact! Naturally, then, I chose to fulfill my shadowing requirements at Santa Maria’s newly built Marian Regional Medical Center. I needed to see for myself what human kindness, paired with a state-of-the-art hospital, offering advanced technologies, is truly all about. On Wednesday, October 6, 2016, I had the privilege of spending eight hours exploring six different modalities conducted within Marians Radiology department. It was an opportunity that I took full advantage of; a truly invaluable experience.
I arrived at 7:45 am that Wednesday morning and introduced myself to Mandi Yanagibashi, a supervisor to the Radiology department. Mandi wrote out a schedule consisting of six different modalities within the department. I was granted one hour of observation in each area and was instructed to keep an eye on the time, as it would be my responsibility to get myself from place to place. My day was arranged as follows: Nuclear Medication (NM), X-ray (XR), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound (US), lunch, Magnetic Resonance (MR), and finally CT/XR Emergency (ER).
Round 1, 8:00 am, NM. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that I would begin my day in NM. After all, this was the modality I chose to explore earlier in the semester. However, to my disappointment, the first study of the day, canceled! Little did I know most of the day would follow suit. Not to worry though, Eric, a twenty-five year

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