The University of Exeter Medical School has fast-tracked graduation for 32 final year medical imaging students to support the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.
Students who were able to finish their academic programme two months early celebrated via an online ceremony. They are now all qualified diagnostic radiographers.
Medical imaging concerns the analysis of body parts to diagnose disorders and diseases. In times like these, this service is extremely convenient.
Emily James, from Swindon, is one of the many graduates keen to get going. Emily was due to start at King’s College Hospital in London after the original graduation date, but instead offered to start earlier. She recalls her first ever X-ray as a qualified radiographer was on a patient in a COVID-19 intensive care unit whilst wearing full PPE.
“We know our graduates will do a fantastic job.”Head of Medical Imaging, Dr Karen Knapp
Dr Karen Knapp, head of Medical Imaging at the University of Exeter Medical School, commented that adapting the course to fast-track student’s graduation has been a success and is proud of the Exeter students who are contributing to the NHS frontline. She said, “We know our graduates will do a fantastic job. We’re providing ongoing support for them during their first year of work because we know they are going to be starting their careers during this unprecedented period.”
Editor: Emily Im