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Profession

Medical radiation technologists (MRTs)

MRTs with specialized clinical skills work in three different disciplines:

  • Magnetic resonance technologists produce diagnostic images with equipment that generates radio waves and a strong magnetic field. Extensive knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology allows MRI technologists to obtain images, monitor and care for the patients during scans.

    The Medical Imaging (MI) Department currently has a total of 24 full-time and part-time MRI MRTs at the General site.

  • Nuclear medicine technologists have technical expertise in the use of radiopharmaceuticals and radiation physics, allowing them to perform diagnostic imaging procedures with sophisticates technology. Their use of exceptional quality assurance techniques provides for patient safety.

    MI currently has a total of 14 full-time and part-time nuclear medicine MRTs across the General site and the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre.

  • Radiological technologists produce images of body parts and systems by performing exams in general X-ray, angiography/interventional radiography, CT, breast imaging, and operating room procedures. They are expert in the operation of complex medical radiation equipment, while providing comprehensive, compassionate care to each patient.

    The Medical Imaging Department currently has a total of 59 full-time and part-time radiography MRTs across the General and Branson sites.

Ultrasound

  • Sonographers
MI currently has 20 full-time and part-time sonographers across the General and the Branson sites.

Education program

  • MRI and MRT students start their 10-week clinical rotation at North York General Hospital in September and finish in May of the following year. MRI accepts MRI MRT students from The Michener Institute (Michener) and has accepted students from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

  • Currently, Nuclear Medicine only takes Michener students who are learning to perform bone mineral densitometry examinations. This is a one-day placement.

  • MI accepts Michener first- and third-year MRT students for their clinical placement. The first-year students complete a two-month rotation, May to June. The third-year students complete a three- to six-month rotation from September to April. We accept two first-year students and two third-year students at a time.

  • MI accepts one sonography student from Michener. Their first semester starts in September and ends in December. This student may also be placed at NYGH for their second semester from January to March the following year. The student may choose to complete their second semester at another site or we may be requested to take a second semester student from another site if that site does not perform obstetrical sonography.
Seeking a placement

MRI and MRT students interested in a placement should contact Michener or the BCIT for program enrolment or contact Jennifer Zadravec, Clinical Coordinator, MRI, for additional information. Bone Mineral Densitometry placements are one day. Interested students may contact Karen Papas, Clinical Coordinator.

For more information MRT students should contact :
The Michener Institute for program enrolment
Karen Papas, Clinical Coordinator, Radiography, at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
Lena Bell, Clinical Coordinator, Radiography, at the General site.
 
Starting a placement

Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:

  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
       • Date mask fitted
       • Location mask fitted
       • Size/Model

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.
Prior to first day

Online registration

All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education. You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training

The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day

Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance — if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) —  Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
 
Contacts

Jennifer Zadravec
Clinical Coordinator, MRI
jennifer.zadravec@nygh.on.ca

Karen Papas
Clinical Coordinator, DI
Branson Ambulatory Care Centre
karen.papas@nygh.on.ca

Lena Bell
Clinical Coordinator, DI
General site
lena.bell@nygh.on.ca

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1

Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805
ann.bickram@nygh.on.ca
 
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