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Mesa - Respiratory Therapy
I always knew I want read moreI always knew I wanted to be in the medical field. Since my brother had attended PMI’s Radiography program and experienced success, I decided to check it out. A week later, I found myself starting the Respiratory Therapy Program. My experience at Pima was great; I loved my instructors and, upon graduation, I felt well prepared to start my career.
One of my clinical rotations was at Banner Good Samaritan. Because of its size, there were many opportunities to learn, and I loved it. When I graduated, they hired me! In the last seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to gather experience in trauma, ED and ICU.
A number of years ago, I began working part-time with students. Because I’m a hands-on learner myself, I thoroughly enjoyed demonstrations with students one-on-one, particularly in a hospital setting. Several years ago, I opted to complete the circle by coming back to teach full-time at PMI. It has been a great joy and an incredible experience to share what I’ve learned – topped off by the huge reward of witnessing my students’ professional success.
Mesa - Radiography
Prior to coming to P read morePrior to coming to Pima Medical Institute, I started a premed degree in North Dakota. After relocating to the Phoenix area, I decided to continue my professional endeavors in the medical field. My research led me to the Radiography program at PMI’s Mesa campus. I enjoyed my classes and my externship was completely invaluable! It was the real deal and I was exposed to so much. I was hired by Phoenix Baptist Hospital, one of my clinical sites. Within a few short months I had an opportunity to become a co-clinical instructor and I found myself supervising PMI students!
This field allows so much flexibility. I worked in hospital settings and outpatient facilities as well as education and research. During our early years of marriage, my job allowed me opportunities for swing shifts and extra hours. When I began having children, I was able to switch to night shifts to make life work for our family.
When I was getting weary of night shifts, I answered an ad on Craig’s List for an x-ray tech to sell film and printers. It was a good ‘foot in the door’ into sales and a year and half later I was approached by Phillips Healthcare, where I have been working for 5 years. I am currently the National VP of Sales for our Mobile Surgery Division and have a team of 13 Modality and Product Specialists reporting to me selling or demonstrating portable surgical imaging equipment throughout the country.
I believe Radiography is one of the best fields in medicine. It has changed my life. Little did I know when I entered PMI’s Radiography Program where it would lead me? Thank you Pima!
Chula Vista - Dental Assistant
In 2008 I lost my job as a director in early childhood development after twenty years in the field. The social service program I was working for got hit with a massive funding cut, and I came to the realization that no matter where you are in life, you sometimes have to learn to embrace the change. My change would be reinventing myself professionally.
When I walked into Pima Medical Institute in January 2009, I wasn’t sure if there was a specific program I would be interested in. My eventual decision to go into the Dental Assisting Program wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement of the staff, and I would not be where I am today without them.
Being a PMI alumnus makes me extremely proud, and I feel confident in my skills and what I learned from my instructors at Pima. In spite of our economic situation today, I was fortunate to be hired during my externship. I am a member of the PMI Advisory Board and continue to be a positive example to the externs that I come into contact with. It is my desire to instill in them the highest expectations and standards we hold for them as Pima Medical graduates, and I know I will help enable them to be some of the best-trained dental assistants in the field.
I fell in love with this field because of the transformation and satisfaction of each patient we handle. It gives me such joy every time I see one of our patients smile and I am proud to be a part of that.
Las Vegas - Pharmacy Tech
My experience at Pima was great! The area where I gained the most from Pima was through my externship. Working hard 8 hours a day every day of the week, feeling tired at the end of the day and knowing I did a good job felt great. This feeling and experience of working was especially gratifying because I have never had a job before. This experience was invaluable in my life. My externship not only prepared me for a job and a profession but it prepared me for life.
I was hired by CVS pharmacy for a few hours a week right after completing my externship. When another location was available with more hours, I was able to transfer within the company. I am now at a store where I make a great difference in people's lives every day.