The Society of Radiographers has announced the winners of their 2011 competition.
Natasha Kirby and Natasha Jevdet, both diagnostic imaging students, will each receive an international elective placement of up to four weeks to be taken in 2012.
Both winners had to submit an 800-word personal statement, including what they hoped to achieve from the elective placement, what they would give to the host country and the personal qualities that would enable them to deliver this.
Natasha Kirby, currently studying at London South Bank University, wrote of her desire to experience diagnostic radiography in Ghana. She is particularly interested in understanding how poverty, poor sanitation and educational problems are overcome to deliver an effective and safe hospital environment.
As well as looking at how the patient journey from incident to diagnosis and then treatment may vary from a cultural perspective, Natasha would also be interested to explore the use of traditional healing alongside medical approaches.
Natasha Jevdet, a student at the University of the West of England, would love to have a life-changing experience in Arusha in Tanzania. Natasha has discovered, from other students’ blogs, that the hospital only consists of a general room and ultrasound, the reality of a limited healthcare system.
Here she would also enjoy the hands-on opportunity to pursue film radiography, having even more of an input to a patient’s recovery.
Samantha Jewell, Professional Officer (Education and Students), said: “There were very strong entries and the judges were very pleased with the high quality of submissions. It was very difficult to decide, but these two students stood out.”
Last year, students David Evans and Samantha Lightfoot won this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Samantha's report is on the Student Talk page - follow the link here or check out our blog as we'll shortly be publishing a abridged version!