Amanda Potasnik ’16 did not come to RMU expecting to participate in the many professional experiences she had. From her two clinical rotations, one at The Washington Hospital and one at Heritage Valley Health System, to her work-study position in Academic Affairs, Potasnik’s involvement has secured a position as an Imaging Research Associate at Avid Radiopharmaceuticals near Philadelphia.
She earned her bachelor’s of science in nuclear medicine technology, and valued the faculty.
“All of the professors in the nuclear medicine program left a huge impression on me,” she said. “Since we have smaller class sizes, we get to know our professors quite well as professionals and individuals.”
During her two years of working in Academic Affairs, Potasnik discovered a mentor. Her supervisor, Vice Provost Lawrence Tomei, always made time for her personally and academically during his busy schedule as a professor and administrator.
All nuclear medicine technology students complete a capstone project in the positron emission tomography (PET) class, taken during their senior year. Potasnik and her partner Taylor Gall titled their research “The Effect of Weight Change on Standard Uptake Values in Positron Emission Tomography,” which was accepted for presentation at the National Nuclear Medicine Conference in the summer of 2016.
Potasnik was actively involved on campus. She was a sister of Sigma Kappa, involved in the National Residence Hall Honorary, Alpha Chi, Order of Omega, Nuclear Medicine Club, and the Dean’s Advisory Board for Nuclear Medicine.
“I could not be happier with my new career thanks to the outstanding preparation from RMU I received,” she said.
Potasnik has set some goals for her future. She wants to earn her Computed Tomography (CT) certification, as well as a master’s in clinical research while working full-time. She hopes to one day be in a management position in the research industry