Third-year Therapeutic Radiography student, Josiah Rickman, talks about the benefits of studying at St George’s, alongside other healthcare students.

Josiah Rickman

How is the Therapeutic Radiography course taught?

Radiotherapy comprises of a mixture of traditional lectures, group practical learning, and clinical placement.

Each one contributes towards making you the best practitioner possible. Traditional lectures prepare you with academic knowledge, group learning promotes communication skills and invites you to challenge yourself, and clinical placements prepares you for working in a hospital - by letting you work in a hospital!

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

I loved the cadaveric dissection! I knew that it was something St George’s offered, but actively participating in anatomy and learning on a real human body was both surprising and valuable.

Tell us about your placements studying Radiography.

Clinical placements for Radiotherapy take place in top hospital departments in and around London. They are essential for learning, not only reinforcing your academic teaching with real-life examples but also conveying dozens of soft skills necessary for working after graduation.

Whilst working on a practical placement you will experience challenging moments, for example just the challenge of waking up every morning for 12 weeks at 5am, if necessary. Healthcare work can be exceedingly stressful, but St George’s supports you every step of the way.

Clinical placements aren’t all work. It’s no exaggeration to say that patient interaction is the greatest part of studying this degree. The feeling that you’ve managed to improve someone’s life, to help someone, even fractionally, is indescribable.

What’s the best element of studying at St George’s?

The best thing about the Radiotherapy course is clinical placement. Although it may be tough, and definitely demanding, working day-in, day-out as a member of the hospital team, actively helping patients, is both rewarding and validating.

What is the highlight of being a student in London?

Tooting is amazing. It has great food, easy access to Central London and lovely people. 

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

Real, engaging and challenging. 

How does our focus on the health and medical sciences impact your studies, studying only with other health focused students?

Studying alongside other healthcare students has some massive benefits.

People in societies, sports teams and music groups all understand the pressures and difficulties of balancing extra-curricular work with clinical placement, or lectures. 

You also know that no matter who you make friends with, they will understand if you can’t make it out one night because you have a placement in the morning.

What’s the student union like?

The Student Union is great, and the bar is well recommended if you need a place to meet up or relax.

Are you a member of any societies? If so, which ones and what do you do?

I’m a member of many groups, and currently lead the brass section in the St George's Orchestra, and love to act in the annual musical with the Musical Society. I'd highly encourage new students to enjoy. 

St George's also offers RadSoc, the Therapeutic and Diagnostic society for Radiography students, which I'd also recommend. 

What is the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the Radiotherapy course is clinical placement. Although it can be tought, it's also rewarding. 

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:02