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Robert Oliver, A.A.S., ARRT (R) (MR)

Diagnostic Technician
Emergency Room
Methodist Dallas Medical Center

“I was in telecommunications until the bottom fell out of the job market. I was making decent money and had no plans to go back to school, but then people started getting laid off. I wanted to retrain for a career field that had more stability — my nephew was a radiation therapist, and I saw what a stable area health care was.

“What I like about my job is that I feel like a part of the team. It’s satisfying when you know that you contribute in some way to save someone’s life. You can see how important X-rays are to make the right diagnosis.

“For me, starting out as a Radiological Sciences student and now in MRI, one thing that sets me apart is that I care — and that’s not something that can be learned in a classroom. Patient care has always been my strongest asset; I truly care about the people who come through my door at work. That could be me, my mother or father, and I’d want the best care for myself and my own family. I try to put myself into other people’s shoes, and everyone’s concerned for their loved ones. When my patients and their families appreciate what I do and tell me so, it really makes me feel good.

“One of the things I’ve learned from my experience is that everything works out better if you treat everyone with the level of respect that they deserve. You get back that respect in return. Honestly, some of the things we have to ask our patients to do are just not easy. So you make respect a part of the process, and it usually works out fine.

“I took the MRI certification to branch out — it will give me a lot more flexibility in my job. Having the MRI certification not only adds initials to my name and more experience, but it’s a step up on modalities and a step up in my career.”

Robert Oliver has worked in his current position at Methodist Dallas Medical Center since 2006. He earned an associate degree in radiologic technology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and is earning a one-year certificate in MRI from El Centro College with plans to graduate in May 2010. He is credentialed as a radiologic technologist.