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MOHH – In High Demand – Diagnostic Radiographers

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Sarah Huda is proud to be part of the medical team that enables patients’ recovery.

Why did you choose to take on the Healthcare Scholarship?
I have always been interested in healthcare and science, particularly the human anatomy. I also enjoy helping and working with people. The Healthcare Merit Award scholarship, offered by MOH Holdings (MOHH) enables me to fulfill my dreams and offers excellent career prospects for my future. Also, knowing that I will be able to start work and serve the community immediately upon graduation gives me a strong sense of security and purpose.

What do you think are the strengths that helped secure your place for the ­scholarship?
I believe that I am dedicated, passionate, people-centric, easy-going and friendly. These are the strengths that I strongly believe have helped me secure the Healthcare Merit Award.

Why did you choose to take up ­Diagnostic Radiography?
Diagnostic radiography offers me everything I ever wanted in a career –learning about science and anatomy, providing the opportunity to work both as an ­individual and as part of multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals with specialist training and advanced skills.

I focus on the specialised delivery of high quality imaging service that aids in the diagnosis of illness and injuries. What I also enjoy about diagnostic radiography is the independence it gives me in my ­professional work, and the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology.

There are also many benefits in becoming a radiographer including excellent job prospects in a highly skilled and rewarding profession. Qualified radiographers are in high demand in Singapore.  There is also continuous learning and training on the job, as radiographers have to ­constantly ­improve their knowledge and skills, to ­deliver the best care to patients.

How do you feel the scholarship has helped you and why?
It puts my mind at ease as I do not have to worry about paying for my tuition fees. I can fully focus on my studies instead of working part-time jobs to support myself. This in turn means more time for learning and studying, which can lead to better grades and retention of knowledge.

On top of financial assistance, the scholarship also gives me the strength and motivation to keep on striving in this field, as well as the exposure and support to ­develop myself through courses, seminars and other professional areas.

Describe the role of a diagnostic radiographer and the challenges that one may face?
A radiographer’s role is challenging, rewarding and highly skilled. He or she is an important member of the diagnostic healthcare team and is responsible for producing high quality medical images that assist doctors to diagnose or monitor a patient’s injury or illness.

A diagnostic radiographer is required to have a detailed knowledge of anatomy, as well as being trained to safely administer the radiation used widely throughout their job. Patient contact and care is a key part of the job and a crucial responsibility of diagnostic radiographers is to provide the necessary images of the highest quality, whilst maintaining patient safety and comfort. This means having to adapt techniques according to the patient’s condition.

Diagnostic radiographers operate extremely technologically advanced equipment such as CT (computed ­tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and ­mobile X-ray machines. The fields are ­diverse and challenging, but radiographers are usually trained in some specialized ­areas.

What do you look forward to in your future career as a diagnostic radiographer?
One of the many things I look forward to in my future as a diagnostic radiographer is the variety and scope for professional development and progression. Apart from performing radiographic examinations like chest and extermities X-rays, radiographers also have the opportunity to specialise in areas like CT, MRI, angiography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound. Radiographers can also aspire to progress on different career tracks such as clinical leadership, management, education or research track within the public healthcare sector.

What are the benefits of taking on this scholarship?
This scholarship covers the tuition fees for the entire duration of my course, and also covers ­monthly allowance, pre-studies allowance and any other compulsory charges.

As part of the scholar development framework, I can also look forward to participating in local or even overseas seminars, professional conferences or student exchange programmes, to enrich my scholarship experience. I was really blessed and honoured to be given the opportunity and sponsorship to attend two ­radiology-related conferences – one held in Seoul, Korea in 2013 and the second held in Vienna, Austria this year. As I was all alone in a foreign place, I learnt to be more independent and it has allowed me to pick up useful knowledge and best practices. I am glad that I took on these developmental ­opportunities to further stretch myself.

Tell us about the non-clinical activities you took part in?
I am proud to be part of the executive committee for the Singapore Healthcare Society (SHS). This society comprises local healthcare scholars from various ­disciplines and seeks to foster a strong sense of ­identity and camaraderie through various ­engagement and bonding activities such as senior-junior bonding sessions, ­community involvement programmes, Christmas parties, etc. We also organise dialect classes to help healthcare scholars interact better with elderly patients in the course of their work.

Sarah Huda Bte Sulaiman
Healthcare Merit Award
Age: 22
Now: 2nd year studying ­Diagnostic Radiography at ­Nanyang ­Polytechnic