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Abdi Abdalla

Radiography - Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc (Hons)
Abdi Abdulla

Abdi is studying BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology), and plans to be a Therapeutic Radiographer and work on cancer research projects.

How did you develop an interest in Radiotherapy, and why did you choose to study BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)?

Having had interest in the physiology of the human body from a young age, I’ve always wanted a career where I could learn anatomy and apply it to aid those who are in need of help. I have been fortunate enough to shadow various healthcare professionals and experience a variety of healthcare professions that are out there. Radiotherapy stood out to me because of how the Therapeutic Radiographers bonded with their patients, the variety of things you can venture into once you are a Therapeutic Radiographer (dosimetry planning, pre-treatment etc.) and finally, the satisfying feeling of relieving others of their pain.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

City, University of London is located in the heart of the city of London. This means there is always something to do such as activities that you and friends can partake in. Furthermore, there are many activities organised by the university that you can take part in e.g. football, boxing etc.

What has been your favourite module on the course, and what have you enjoyed most about your time at City?

All the modules have aspects of them that are really interesting. The modules I found the most exciting were the anatomy and oncology modules. You will learn what the body is made out of, how it functions and all the types of cancer out there including their diagnosis and treatment options.

I’ve really enjoyed the social aspect of university. You get to meet students from all walks of life. The sporting activities available have certainly made my time in university truly memorable.

How have you found the teaching on your course, and the Radiotherapy facilities available at City?

The lecturers have used various tools to engage and encourage us to work efficiently and learn everything we need so that we become the best Therapeutic Radiographers we can be. They have been supportive and encouraging the whole way through, which in turn increased our confidence.

Clinical skills suits and VERT (Virtual Environment for RadioTherapy) sessions have really been helpful in implementing what we have learned onto the virtual Radiotherapy machines.

Could you tell us about your placements; what you’ve enjoyed most, and any challenges you’ve overcome?

I was based in University College of London Hospital (UCLH). I truly enjoyed taking part in the treatment of patients. As a student, I thought that I would only be observing the Therapeutic Radiographers but however, I was hands on with patient’s treatment from the start which was really exciting.

What I found most challenging was balancing my studies, competencies and objectives that need to be completed during placement and social life during my placement period. I was in placement from 9-5pm, four days a week throughout the year.

How will your placement experiences help you with your future career?

Placement period allows you to implement your theory into practice. It also improves your communication skills and your team work during that time. Likewise, it increases your drive to help others thus motivating you to work harder.

What would be your advice to anyone considering studying the BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) course?

Manage your time efficiently so that you are on top of your work and still have a fun time during university.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan on developing my skills as a Therapeutic Radiographer and taking part in cancer research projects in the future which will hopefully increase survival of patients with cancer.