• Suffolk Students Win National Radiation Therapy Competition

4/13/2011

Senior students in the Clinical Radiation Therapy program competed last weekend in The Chicago Area Radiation Therapists (CART) Conference and took home top honors in the Student Scholar Bowl competition.

The Student Scholar Bowl is a “Jeopardy!” style competition between top therapy schools from across the United States. Suffolk team captain Kelli Ross and her teammate Jilan Alturkistani competed against teams from Nebraska State University and Swedish American School of Radiation Therapy, and defeated Saint Louis University with a score of 45-10 in the championship round.

Ross said, “I think our victory has certainly put Suffolk on the map in terms of Radiation Therapy programs nationwide, and I hope that this achievement will provoke future students to take interest in the radiation biology program.”

The students also participated in a comprehensive registry review in preparation for their board review. Topics of the review included clinical oncology, treatment delivery and patient care, treatment techniques, and problem solving.

Medical Sciences Program Director Gina Passmore said "the review helps students prepare for the national licensing exam which requires a passing grade of 75% or higher in order to be a licensed Radiation Therapist and to practice in the field. It was comprehensive, covering all the major categories studied during the last two years of the clinical track."

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