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Radiologic Technology Program • Summer 2022

Sarah Borland's letter from the director

When I see our alumni in the hospital, they often ask “what’s new?” The answer is that nearly everything is new, but not much has changed. After almost two years of remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are relieved to be back in the classroom. Patients still need imaging exams, and our students are still here learning to perform those exams competently and proficiently. But now, we sit further apart and wear masks.

Congratulations to our newest WSU alumni, the Class of 2022. They graduated in May, and many of them have positions waiting as soon as they can schedule the ARRT registry exam. We are really proud of them! They were admitted a month prior to the start of the pandemic when none of us saw it coming or understood the changes we would face together. They embodied the flexibility and adaptability that we always stress throughout the two years of the program.

The wonderful administrators and technologists at Henry Ford Hospital – many of whom are alumni of the program (before and after we partnered with WSU) – have been so supportive of our program, especially during the pandemic. We could not do what we do without their continued support and assistance.  

To all of the technologists in General Diagnostic Imaging, GI Fluoroscopy, Orthopedics/Center for Athletic Medicine, Mobile X-Ray, the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mammography, CT, MRI, Interventional Radiology, and Surgical Services, Radiology nurses, and anyone else who has taken the time to work with us, thank you for teaching and training our students to be the best possible technologists!

Your work helps us to meet our mission: to prepare students to perform competently and independently while providing exceptional patient care to a diverse patient population. Program Director Sarah Borland with RT students outside

I also want to thank Clinical Coordinator Jarrod Thorwart and Assistant Clinical Professor Melissa Hibbert for all of their hard work, especially with all of the changes over the past two years.  

We are looking forward to another successful year in Radiologic Technology!

I hope you enjoy our first newsletter.


Sarah Borland 
Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Wayne State University

Our growing family

We are proud to announce our new arrival... It's a girl! With this addition to the RT family, students can simulate pediatric imaging exams. Here she is making her debut with students Melina Maggio, Gadier Elmoussa, and of course Skeleton Sam.

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Students with the pediatric imaging simulator

Jarrod Thorwart, BS, RT(R), joined the program as Clinical Coordinator in March 2020. He has been an employee at Henry Ford Hospital for 5 years in General Diagnostic Imaging. In addition to placing students in clinical rotations (with the changing COVID-19 requirements), he teaches Procedures I and sections of Procedures II, and is responsible for reviewing relational anatomy in other courses as well, including Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Cross Sectional Anatomy. His current project involves moving us from the previous online scheduling and evaluation system to Trajecsys.

Melissa Hibbert, MA, RT(R)(CT), joined us as Assistant Clinical Professor in August 2020. Melissa is responsible for teaching Introduction to Radiologic Technology, Radiation Biology and Protection, Medical Terminology, Patient Care, and Jurisprudence. She is the current MSRT President-Elect, and continues to work in CT at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. 

Brian Duszkiewicz and girlfriend with keys to their new condo

Q: Why did you choose radiologic technology?

Brian Duszkiewicz: I served in the United States Marine Corps from 2015-2019. I was an infantryman that deployed to Europe and Okinawa, Japan. While in the Marine Corps, I unfortunately ran into some injuries that lead to me needing a lot of imaging done. Coming in and out of exams and seeing the images really piqued my interest and also helped me understand my own medical issues. In this field, I hope to help others with their medical situations like those professionals did for me. 

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College leadership changes

 RT students and faculty with WSU Applebaum administrators

The 2021-22 academic year brought significant changes to the WSU Applebaum administration. Brian Cummings was appointed dean, and Associate Dean for Health Sciences Peter Frade retired, opening the path for Sara Maher to fill his role in an interim capacity. Finally, Diane Adamo stepped up to chair the college's Health Sciences Division, Maher's permanent position. This past fall, a select group of RT students and Program Director Sarah Borland met with Dean Cummings (center), Dr. Maher and Dr. Frade to help guide the future of RT program and the college.

Know a potential RT student?

Help us spread the word: The Wayne State RT program has a 100% completion rate, a 100% first-time credentialing exam pass rate AND a 100% job placement rate! Program effectiveness data is available on our website, and the video below is a great overview for prospective students. 

Radiologic Technology Program Video

We want to hear from you!

If you have story ideas for future newsletters or just want to drop us a line, reach out to Program Director Sarah Borland.

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