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City’s School of Health Sciences welcomes radiography students from Indiana University, United States

Our diagnostic radiography students compared healthcare provisions between the UK and US with visitors from Indiana University’s School of Medicine, during a collaborative week-long visit.

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

Twenty-two students in their final year of the Associate Degree in Radiography programme at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine recently visited City, University of London’s School of Health Sciences.

They were supported by faculty of the IU Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department: Emily Scaggs, Acting Lecturer in Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences,  Ashley L. Marshall, Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences and Kellie Cranfill, Radiography Clinical Coordinator.

The visiting students and staff enjoyed a week of activities, hosted by the School and our clinical placement partners, which included seminars, lunches, a networking event at Bart’s Pathology Museum, a tour of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the opportunity to shadow practising radiographers at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

The week began with a tour of City’s Clinical Skills Centre and a warm welcome from Dr Lia Litosseliti, School of Health Sciences Associate Dean, International, who said of the visit:

"In the School of Health Sciences, we understand the importance of training health professionals to operate in a fast-changing, globally interconnected world and to be part of an engaged global community. We know that students who have opportunities to get some global experience, however small, tend to have higher employment rates and higher starting salaries and are more likely to be engaged in innovative practice later on and more culturally aware and open to others' perspectives. Today offers an excellent opportunity for students from both our institutions to have such an experience and I am delighted to welcome the Indiana University delegation to our School."

Indiana University radiography students during tour of St Bartholomews Hospital

Comparing UK and US education and healthcare provision

City’s diagnostic radiography students and the IU visitors participated in a seminar comparing radiography education and healthcare provisions in the UK and US. The seminar included talks delivered by Indiana University’s faculty staff, and the School's Dr Sophie Willis, UG Programme Director Diagnostic Radiography and Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean, Director of Undergraduate Studies, who delivered an overview of the UK healthcare system.

The seminar generated plenty of discussion, as the students reflected on the differences and similarities between the deliverance of healthcare and radiography education in the US and UK. Some of the questions asked by students included a comparison the costs of X-rays in the US and the UK, the cost of US health insurance and the political structure of the NHS in the UK.

Cynthia Isakpa, a second-year diagnostic radiography student at City, found the seminar highly beneficial, and said:

It gives you a wider idea of what’s out there, how other countries work and a greater knowledge of their different provisions.

Angel Jones, a final year student from IU, shared that international exchanges enable students to “see another point of view, which impact on how we interact with the world and different people”.

The week was concluded with a visit to the Royal Free Hospital, London, where the IU students were able to engage in a tour, clinical tutorial seminars and shadowing.

Indiana University radiography team bid their hosts farewell from the Coca-Cola London Eye

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