by Laura Maginley
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) student Jonathan Kivlin, Schwenksville, was recently accepted into the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Student Leadership Development Program. The program, which will take place in New Mexico from June 13-16, selects 50 students to attend educational sessions and network with medical imaging and radiation therapy leaders.
“When I look back on my journey to get to this point I feel like I didn’t choose this field, it chose me,” shared Kivlin, president of MCCC’s Radiography Club.
Kivlin, who will graduate in May of 2014 with degrees in both liberal studies and radiography, was also one of only 13 students nationwide to receive a scholarship from Lambda Nu, the national honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Kivlin was inducted into the Pennsylvania Psi chapter of Lambda Nu last fall along with three other students from MCCC.
When asked what he was looking forward to most about the upcoming ASRT Leadership program, he responded, “everything!” Kivlin hopes to make connections and leave with a better understanding of the field.
“You never know what kind of doors something like this could open,” he said.
Participating in clinical rotations at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and Einstein Medical Center, Kivlin is rapidly adapting to the radiography field.
“I have so much to learn still, and I am pulling every ounce of knowledge I can from those I am fortunate enough to come in contact with during clinicals,” he added.
Some of Kivlin’s duties at PMMC last semester included taking x-rays of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities and shoulder.
“As the semester progressed and I learned procedures at school, I gradually progressed within my internship, taking on more responsibilities toward the end,” he shared.
Upon graduating, Kivlin will evaluate the job market and optimistically take a position to gain additional hands-on experience. He plans to continue his education at Thomas Jefferson University and to obtain a master’s degree in Dosimetry.