Three senior students in the Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) program in the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) will combine exploration with education during a study abroad program to Copenhagen, Denmark June 22-30. Sydney Baker, Jaid Gampp and Hailey Stiverson will be learning about and using the latest in medical imaging technology while also getting a taste of the Scandinavian culture.
This is the third time AMIT students have gone on a study abroad program, according Barry Southers, associate professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences in CAHS and MRI program director of the UC AMIT program. To qualify for the trip, the students have to apply through UC International by filling out an application and a questionnaire about why they want to go and how they think it will benefit them.
"Our AMIT students don’t really get a chance to do study abroad very often,” says Southers. "They have busy schedules, they’re doing clinical rotations all the time. It’s like a five-days-a-week job in this program.”
Baker, Gampp and Stiverson will keep a busy schedule while in Denmark. Southers has lectures planned for them, in addition to lectures from faculty at the University of Copenhagen. There is a clinical component to the trip as the students will do rotations at Rigshospitalet Glostrup in Copenhagen.
Southers says the biggest attraction to the trip is technology.
"It’s an MRI-focused trip,” says Southers. "Most of our scanners here at UC and around the world have a certain common magnet strength and scanning capability. However, we are now starting to see scanners with higher field strength systems, which are a rarity. There is one of those in Copenhagen and one in Lund, Sweden, and they will go to see those, which is something most people in the world don’t get to see.”
The schedule includes experiencing some local culture and history. The visit coincides with the longest day of the year, which is celebrated in Copenhagen with a music festival in a park. Southers says they plan to explore some local Viking historical sites and also make a brief visit to neighboring Sweden.