Diagnostic Radiography student wins opportunity to Work the World
27 July 2015
A BSc Diagnostic Radiography student has won an amazing opportunity to head overseas to experience how radiography is practiced in the developing world.
Bethany White travelled with Work the World, an organisation that tailors healthcare elective placements in developing countries across the globe.
Bethany is in her final year on the Diagnostic Radiography course and visited Muhimbili National Hospital in Da Es Salaam, the Work the World’s base in Tanzania.
She was ‘ecstatic’ to have won a Work the World placement, having been inspired to enter the competition after reading past winners’ experiences.
Bethany said: “To have found out I would be following in their footsteps feels completely surreal.
"I was looking forward to being able to experience the healthcare system in a different country and comparing the differences with the UK, and to interact with local people, to learn about their social norms, and the provision of healthcare and service they receive – especially when visiting the imaging departments. I was especially interested in learning how the prevalence of different diseases that is not as commonly seen in the UK, has affected their health system and imaging departments.”
Bethany said the experience was ‘a catalyst’ that changed her perspective on healthcare and another country’s principles and value, adding: “I firmly believe these first-hand experiences could enhance the way I, and others, think and act as health and social care professionals.”
Work the World also provided language lessons to help overcome and barriers during Bethany’s visit. The lessons taught her useful everyday language, but also clinical terminology relevant to placements, tailored for healthcare students.