ASMMIRT Sydney 2012: A Chance to...
… Meet the Key-Note Speaker
James Butler is a tireless volunteer for numerous cancer causes for over ten years, having been a cancer survivor himself. James is the Chairperson of The Hills Cancer Network based at the Rouse Hill Hub at Rouse Hill Town Centre. He is the Vice-Chairperson of the Hills Relay for Life Volunteer Committee, having been a chair for numerous years. James is also on the Cancer Council Advocacy group, having been one of the key advocates for smoking to be banned in restaurants in Parramatta Council and organising extra radiation services for cancer patients at Westmead Hospital.
… Hear what we think about being ‘Nationally Connected’
To be connected means access to other states’ ideals and learning structures which will broaden your knowledge and motivate you to think larger. This is exactly what the student conference aims to achieve by bringing together hundreds of students from all over Australia! It also means the ability to develop a deeper understanding of the entire patient process from when they enter into the hands of administration, through all the different specialties, until the moment they are discharged with their final scans. And why is this all so important? - Because this knowledge helps us become more efficient and informed when it comes to being on the work-floor.
… Get Friendly and Dressed Up
If you decide to stay for the main conference, it is definitely not all serious! There are a lot of opportunities to socialise: meet prospective employers, meet the people who make the equipment you use at work, and definitely to meet students from all over the place.
First, there's the trade exhibition, which runs during the whole conference, meaning there is lots of time to mingle, check out state-of-the-art technology, and score heaps of free pens! All of the sponsors have stands where helpful people will explain things to you. For example, last year we got to ultrasound a plastic part of the body that, frankly, we wouldn’t be quite so happy to on a real person!
Then there is the gala dinner: a great moment to hang out with friends, favourite members of staff and many big names in the medical imaging industry! Last year, there was a little comedy show, live music and we danced our way through the best of the eighties, nineties and noughties! This is such a perfect way to spend a Saturday night in a new city: celebrating the bonds of friendship and our profession!
… Step out of Your Comfort Zone
As students who were willing to have the “whole” experience, we stayed on for the rest of the main conference. It was a truly eye-opening time during which we were exposed to many informative and interesting talks presented by experts in their field. This included keynote presentations like “breast imaging - the impact of digital magnification on the detection of mammographic microcalcifications” which talked about how microcalcifications were correctly identified at higher magnifications rather than at full, original resolution. There were people were shared their thoughts on advanced practice as a solution to increasing ED workflow if radiographers were able to assist junior doctors with patient management by detecting normals and abnormals. Paediatrics was of interest, particularly with reducing dose in cases such as using US to guide the hydrostatic reduction of an intussusception. The conference even expanded into other areas such as CT scanning in forensic pathology which deals with “disaster victim identification and underwater crime scene investigation”. This year’s Sydney conference is sure to bring together more exciting and intriguing topics and ideas for the conference participants!
… Get your Crawl on!
The ASMMIRT student conference proves to be an excellent way to expand your network and meet peers. We had the pleasure of conversing with many students from all around Australia, including a few students flying in all the way from New Zealand. It was great to discuss past experiences with them and making connections in general. What better way is there to socialise over pizza at the networking session then to pub crawl the night away in our pub crawl t-shirts, a quintessential element.
Following the thrilling success of last year’s student conference, the tradition is being continued with its 2nd conference being held in Sydney this year. Prior to the student conference a meet and greet session will be organised for students where they will get the opportunity to meet everyone which will be followed by a trade exhibition and pub crawl on Friday night where they will get VIP entry to party at some of Sydney’s spectacular bars!
… See what Sydney has to Offer
We would be lying if we said we flew all the way to Adelaide just for the sake of taking part in the student conference. Arriving a few days earlier, we definitely seized the opportunity to be actual tourists! And yes that means taking heaps of photos and wanting to see and do EVERYTHING even though we really can’t. Though, I must say we did a pretty good job of doing that – being just on time for both our wine tour at Magill estate and Haigh’s Chocolate Factory tour but of course with a lot of huffing and puffing involved.
This year, it’s YOUR turn to fall in love with Sydney! First of all, you have to go see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Whilst you’re in the area, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and marvel at the works displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can catch a ferry to Darling Harbour where you can visit the Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney so be sure to grab yourself an “attraction combo pass”. There’s definitely heaps more you can do here such as our numerous beaches and the endless choices of where to go eat.