Diagnostic radiography student Bridget Muller was attracted to the course at St George’s because of its focus on teaching alongside other healthcare professions. Now in her third year, she talks about living in London, placements and what’s surprised her.

Brigitta Muller

Why did you choose St George’s?

It seemed a good choice as it has a multi-disciplinary learning environment, where you are able to get to know the other professions. It makes you feel better connected to health care.

How is the Diagnostic Radiography course taught?

We spend the first term in the lecture theatres with the other students, working together in Interprofessional Programmes (IFP) and case-based learning (CBL) groups. In January we have an introduction to the placement hospitals, where we can get a feel for how it will be to work there.

Then we start to learn more and more about radiography, and as we learn positioning and imaging in practice, we are able to do just that to our placement at the end of the year. By the time you reach your final year you will feel confident enough to have a go by yourself with minimal supervision. Then you realise that in just a few more weeks you can decide where you want to work.

The most useful teaching style is learning anatomy in the dissection room. Learning anatomy from cadavers is useful as you can really see the anatomy and what is connected where and how and what it does. 

What was the most surprising element of your course or St George’s?

A lot of things, especially when I started to discover more about radiography. I now know a lot about the human body and its functions and examinations. Most importantly I've learnt about the variety of work that can be done within diagnostic radiography.

Tell us about your placements studying Radiography.

We have placements in different hospitals (trauma and non-trauma). In the first two years we learn the basics, and if the hospital doesn’t have some of the modalities we are allocated to another hospital for those weeks. We have a specialist placement in our third year. 

Basically, the study and placement terms are the same amount, which makes the learning and the practicing better connected.

My first placement was in a smaller hospital, which I really enjoyed as I had more time to practice then in a busier environment. It is very important to find someone who is good at explaining stuff.

My second placement is in a military hospital. I really enjoy it, and even though it is far out from London., it's worth the travelling.

What is the highlight of being a student in London? 

In London there is always something to do; there is always an event somewhere. Covent Garden is one of my favourite places. It is really lively with its market, performing artists, shops, museums and the nearby theatres.

Portobello Road market in Notthing Hill is also a very good place to visit especially on Fridays and Saturdays when the market is at its busiest. 

You won’t get bored in this city.

What about on campus activities? Do you get involved in any Students' Union activities?

I am a student leader at the knitting for charity volunteering group where I teach knitting and crochet skills to others. The items we make are donated to Knit for Peace.

Also I am a member for RADSOC, our radiography society. We have events through the year relating to our subject, which give more insight on a radiographer’s duties within different modalities. It's also great for your CV.

If you had to sum up studying at St George’s in three words, what would they be and why?

Diverse, eye-opening and a wide spectrum. You can learn about a lot of things within your chosen subject. When I joined radiography I never thought it will involve so many different things.

It’s really interesting and everyday there is a new challenge as every patient has a different problem  and they behave differently in situations.

You will need all your skills and experiences to get everything done. 

What is the best thing about your course?

Placement and my classmates. I enjoy that I can already practice before graduation. 

 


Last Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:26