RIC Medical Imaging student chosen for $5,000 Siemens Clinical Advancement scholarship

A practicing x-ray technician and student enrolled in the Certified Radiologic Technologist (RT) Management program at RIC is the recent recipient of a $5,000 Siemens Clinical Advancement scholarship awarded to her by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Robin Giacomini, a current resident of North Providence, has been the only RIC student to receive this scholarship in 2012, and is just one of three students from R.I. to receive funding from the ASRT this year. According to the ASRT website, only four scholarships of $5,000 are awarded by this organization annually.

“We are so excited to have you as part of the [American Society of Radiologic Technologists Education and Research] Foundation family,” said Debbie Freeman, community and program manager of ASRT, in an email to Giacomini.

The Siemens Clinical Advancement scholarship assists medical imaging professionals seeking to enhance their clinical practice skills and provide exceptional care to patients.

“This is a feather in her cap as well as ours,” said Eric Hall, co-director of the RIC Medical Imaging program and chair of the biology department

Giacomini attended The Rhode Island Hospital School of Diagnostic Imaging from 2006-08, where she graduated and became a certified radiologic technologist. She is now licensed in R.I., and is a registered member of the ASRT and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

She advanced her education at RIC after the college and Rhode Island Hospital collaborated to create the Medical Imaging program in the fall of 2011.

“I was able to learn my craft while immersed in the environment of a level on trauma facility from individuals with extensive institutional knowledge,” said Giacomini of her experience in the Medical Imaging program.

“I am very proud to have been chosen for this scholarship,” added Giacomini, who is currently fulfilling core education and other requirements of RIC’s Certified RT Management program. “This will allow me to continue my education at Rhode Island College and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in my professional field.”

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Giacomini hopes to compliment this program with coursework designed to support her future interests, she said, listing the field of biomedical imaging informatics as one of her top priorities in the field, among others including picture archiving systems administration, radiation protection and quality management.

Biomedical imaging informatics is an emerging field of discipline that focuses on using images, knowledge and data associated with various images both in research and clinical care, said Giacomini.

The ASRT is the world’s largest and oldest membership association for medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists that offered all members the opportunity to apply for the 2012 Siemens Scholarship. This organization is known for providing its members with various educational opportunities, and is responsible for establishing the standards of practice for radiology as a profession.

Giacomini’s name is listed on the ASRT “Scholarship Recipients” page located here.