Interview with QMU student, Ross Carrie, PgCert Medical Imaging (MRI Clinical Reporting)
Ross Carrie, 33, is from Glenrothes in Fife. He’s married with a three year old daughter and another baby due in April 2017.
As well as balancing his full-time work commitments with family life, Ross is studying PgCert Medical Imaging (MRI Clinical Reporting) part-time at QMU.
Ross has been a diagnostic radiographer since graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree from QMU in 2005. He started his career with NHS Fife as a band 5 general radiographer and in 2008 he obtained a training post within the specialised imaging modality of MRI. He secured a full-time permanent band 7 post and is currently deputising as superintendent MRI radiographer.
Ross is currently a Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) Union Learning Representative (ULR). In this role he encourages learning and development and supports members with Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
Why did you choose to study at QMU?
“I’ve always been keen to develop my own clinical skills, obtain a formal postgraduate qualification and lead by example. I was delighted when QMU developed these MRI modules as there was previously no institution in Scotland offering such postgraduate academic opportunities.
“Having studied at QMU as an undergraduate in 2001-2005, I knew I was going to receive a high standard of academic learning. I was keen to start using the fantastic facilities and resources available at QMU.”
What have you enjoyed most about the course?
“The first 15 credit module (Principles of MRI) has been very enjoyable and all content has been relevant and can be applied to current clinical practice.”
What are your plans after completing the course?
“With financial support from National Education for Scotland (NES) through the Allied Health Professionals Careers Fellowship Scheme and clinical support and mentorship from NHS Fife, I hope to achieve my professional goals of becoming an advanced practitioner undertaking the role of clinical reporting of MRI lumbar spine examinations.
“I believe there are MRI reporting radiographers in NHS England and Wales but I’m not aware of any other radiographer with this qualification who is currently practising this role in Scotland.”
Top tips for future students?
“Although teaching days at QMU are kept to a minimum to ensure that all content is delivered, it’s essential that you have the support from your employer as well as support from a Consultant Radiologist (if doing Clinical Reporting module).
“Networking and getting involved in discussions with other students on the course has given me ideas and suggestions for improvements that I can take back to my own clinical department.
“It’s been hard work juggling home life, full-time employment and part-time study. There often doesn’t feel like there are enough hours in a day but hopefully it will all be worthwhile in the end. I may even return in the future to complete the full Masters programme and achieve an MSc degree.”
MSc Medical Imaging
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