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Lead Diagnostic Technologist Zale Lipshy University Hospital UT-Southwestern Medical Center
“I’ve known I wanted to do something in the medical field since I was in high school. I once thought of going to med school, but organic chemistry got in the way.
“A funny thing is that even though I minored in biology, I had to take anatomy and physiology over again in the DCCCD system, which I did at Eastfield. I was really fortunate to get to take the class that Sal Frisella taught there. I got so much from his class because he made the concepts so easy to understand. I made it a point two years later at graduation to thank him for how well he taught that class.
“I was working 12-hour days and not making much money. It was to the point where I thought maybe it was time to find something different, but I really didn’t want to go back to school. Then my wife saw a program on TV about the shortage of health care workers. I thought, with my minor in biology, being an X-ray technologist was a profession that I could do, and classes shouldn’t be that difficult.
“It’s a career that’s not economy-driven, and I knew I would be able to support my family. I went to an information session at El Centro, applied and was accepted into the program. In the program’s second year, a new instructor arrived at El Centro. She came straight from the working world to teaching. I received a tremendous amount of real world advice from her. It was a no-nonsense approach, and I learned exactly what would be expected of me on the job.
“Now I really enjoy what I do.”
Scott Ewing earned a bachelor’s degree in health fitness management with a minor in biology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He completed two years of graduate school at Texas Woman’s University, where he met his wife, April. Scott worked for several years in his wife’s family’s varied businesses, including the trucking industry. He earned an associate degree in Radiologic Sciences from El Centro College in May 2004. He was hired in his last clinical rotation at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, where he was named lead technologist after two and a half years on the job. His current job duties include direct patient contact from surgeries to fluoroscopy exams, managing the daily workflow, ordering supplies, managing staff schedules and serving as a liaison between patients, doctors and nurses.