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Alumni Board visits VERT Lab

The Jefferson School of Health Professions Alumni Board came together for their quarterly meeting in November 2012. For their meeting they enjoyed a field trip to the VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training) Lab where they received a special tour and information session. Matthew Marquess, MBA, BS, RT(T), program director for radiation therapy and a Jefferson alum himself as well, led the tour with Shirley Ann Johnston, MS, RT (R)(T) CMD demonstrating how the software functions and how it used in the school’s curriculum. The JSHP Alumni Board were back in the classroom and proudly wore their 3D Goggles for the demonstration.
This Alumni Board consists of JSHP graduates across all departments serving as ambassadors for the school engaging other alumni in events and networking opportunities. Other goals for the group in 2012-13 include the launch of Alumni Spotlights where graduates and their career paths are profiled in the online JSHP community encouraging alumni to reconnect and network with one another.

The new technology that the board saw in action allows you to practice controlling all three linear accelerator models encountered in hospitals. Using replica control panels, you can position the virtual patient and deliver a targeted dose of radiation. The software allows you to see the impact of the beam (which is invisible in real life) on the patient’s internal anatomy. Jefferson is one of three schools in the U.S. – and the only one on the east coast – to use VERT.

Photos from the VERT Lab:

3D googles are used to see the radiation dosage being given to a patient

Fellow JSHP alum, Matthew Marquees, begins the VERT Lab tour

Shirley Johnston uses a remote control to navigate the live demonstration

The board learns how the VERT Lab is used to train students

The JSHP Alumni Board is back in the classroom

The JSHP Alumni Board learns why VERT technology is so important

VERT Lab technology uses 3D imagery

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