My summer at the OAMRS

Alexandra Balsdon

Hello everyone, my name is Alexandra. I am a recent graduate from the Radiation Therapy program at Mohawk-McMaster. I first heard about the field of Radiation Therapy through my mother, who is a Radiation Therapist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Like many people, I have had family affected by cancer. I chose to enter the field because I want to be able to make a difference in these patients’ lives. I personally understand the difficulties and struggles that come with a cancer diagnosis and want to help make their journey easier. Radiation Therapists will treat a patient every day throughout their course of treatment. You get to really know the patients and form a very special bond with them and this is what really made me realize that I wanted to become a Radiation Therapist.

For the summer, I have been working with the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS) as well as working part-time at my local YMCA as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor. My role with the OAMRS is to build a database of key contacts from different clinics and hospitals across the province so that the OAMRS can keep MRTs and Sonographers updated with the latest industry news and information. While I’ve been working for the association, I have gained a new appreciation for all the behind the scenes work that is done. It has been a lot of fun working for the OAMRS!

I first heard about the OAMRS from Greg Toffner, the President and CEO, who at the time was my anatomy professor. He encouraged everyone in my class to become student members. I have now been a member with the OAMRS for almost 3 years.

For such a big name, the OAMRS is a small company with only 6 or 7 employees working out of the office. They serve over 3800 people. Before working for the OAMRS, I never realized how much they advocate for the profession. They lobby for MRTs and Sonographers at Queens Park by discussing key issues with elected government officials. With the limited healthcare budget, it is essential that we have an organization like the OAMRS to advocate for our profession. This is why it is so important to become a member of the OAMRS.

I want to thank everyone at the OAMRS who has welcomed me with open arms. I have truly enjoyed being a part of this amazing team!

Alexandra Balsdon,

Student RTT, McMaster University (writing CAMRT exam in September)


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