CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: April 28, 1999
UI radiation therapy students take first place in national
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two students in the Radiation Therapist
Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics took top honors in
an annual competition for radiation therapy trainees April 25-26 in Chicago.
Robin Bierman and Amy Cook finished first in the national
competition, which used a question-and-answer format -- similar to the TV
show, "Jeopardy" -- to test competing students' knowledge and expertise.
The UI team's victory snapped a 10-year string of first-place
finishes by students from the Mayo Clinic. It marked the first time UI students
finished first in the competition, sponsored annually by the organization
Chicago Area Radiation Therapists.
The Radiation Therapist Program at the UIHC trains students
to administer ionizing radiation to cancer patients for the treatment of their
diseases. Currently there are six students enrolled in the program.