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Advanced Medical Imaging Technology graduate has acting/modeling past

by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Aug 01, 2016
Sharita Bone is one of many Advanced Medical Imaging Technology students who will be walking across the stage on Saturday August 6th.

Actress/Model completes new dream of an Advanced Medical Imaging Technology degree

AMIT Student, Sharita Bone

Sharita Bone, a 2016 graduate of UC’s Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (AMIT) program, is no stranger to the camera. While working in the corporate world, she modeled on and off and began acting about 7 years ago.  You’ll even spot Sharita as an extra in popular movies like The Avengers, Draft Day, Criminal Activities, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

Her 19 years in corporate America had begun to cause her to feel "burnt out" and wondering what her next journey would be. Sharita knew she still hadn’t quite found her calling.  “For months I went through a mental “what if” obstacle course, trying to decide what to do and when to do it” says Sharita.  

After visiting the University of Cincinnati’s website, she knew where she wanted to go next.  The idea of starting over was daunting but she felt drawn to Advanced Medical Imaging Technology. “The idea of working with radiation held a certain appeal to me. What can I say? I love isotopes” says Sharita. Cancer and radiation therapy had also taken its toll on her family, so helping people was a big motivational factor in her career change. 

Now Sharita is using images in an entirely new way as a graduate of the advanced medical imaging technology program. The program allows students to sit for board exams in two imaging modalities: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT).  There are more similarities in imaging and acting/modeling than you think she says. Being professional is key in both careers.

Her professors have seen first hand that Sharita has the professionalism that it takes to have a successful career in AMIT. “She has been the de facto leader of her cohort and she understands clearly the mindset of a professional” says Alan Vespie, director of the Advanced Medical Technology program. 

Sharita has represented the program at numerous research conferences and events. One of her favorite memories was presenting her research poster entitled, “Primary progressive multiple sclerosis and MRI: The disease, diagnosis, treatment, and research” in Singapore at the Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists (SMRT) of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.

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The field of Radiology has taken also note of her perseverance, maturity and passion for the field.  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) awarded Sharita with the Jean Turner Minority Scholarship for Radiologic Technology in 2014. Shortly after that the American Society of Radiologic Technologists awarded named her one of only five students to receive the  $4,000 Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship.

“The scholarships took a huge amount of stress off my shoulders” says Sharita. “My tuition, books and scrubs became more manageable costs, and the peace of mind it provided was invaluable.”

To other minority students considering a career in AMIT, Sharita would say “What’s stopping you, do it now!” There are resources and mentors out there that will help you along the way.

Sharita will graduate with the rest of her 2016 AMIT class on Saturday August 6th at 9:30 a.m. Graduates of the AMIT always graduate during the summer commencement due to their clinical rotation schedule.

Her plans after graduation include finding a career in challenging and exciting field of research. Which yes, is a career change from her modeling/acting roots, but by following her passions and love of isotopes she is sure to have a long a successful career in the field. 

 

 

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