This month’s Rising Star is MRI technologist Joseph Kim. He is currently pursuing an Associate of Science degree in nuclear medicine. His imaging education includes knowledge obtained from the United States Navy and Gurnick Academy. His certifications include venipuncture and MRI technologist.
ICE magazine learned more about this MRI technologist via an online interview.
Q: Where did you grow up? Or, where are you from?
A: I was born in Hawaii but grew up in California and currently reside here.
Q: Where did you receive your imaging training/education? What degrees/certifications do you have?
A: I received my education form Gurnick Academy. I currently have an AS degree in MRI technologist.
Q: How did you first decide to start working in imaging?
A: During my service in the military, I learned about my passion to serve others. I always loved patient care, so I decided to go into a field where I can promote the best possible patient care.
Q: Why did you choose to get into this field?
A: I chose this field because I love pathology, patient care and human anatomy.
Q: What do you like most about your position?
A: The day-to-day interactions with patients and learning something new every day.
Q: What interests you the most about the imaging field?
A: Patient interaction and being able to use technology to diagnose a patient are what interest me the most about imaging.
Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far?
A: My greatest accomplishment would have to be the ability to be compassionate, being able to adapt to constantly changing imaging scenes and successfully imaging and I also built protocols for three clinical sites and taught students.
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years?
A: I would like to become a dual-modality technologist and a manager in the radiology department.