Student Spotlight: Andrzej Moniuszko
Major: Nuclear Medicine
After Andrzej Moniuszko passed the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, he began applying for residencies. When he was not accepted into the program of his choice, he decided to pursue a career in nuclear medicine.
“I was considering a few different programs, but after the interview with (retired professor) Joanne Metler, Nuclear Medicine Technology program coordinator at College of DuPage, I knew I found the right place.
“Joanne’s expertise in nuclear medicine opened my eyes to nuclear imaging. I realized that the dualistic nature of nuclear medicine that combines interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging with the softer side of taking care of patients and helping people perfectly fits my personality. Classroom learning and clinical rotations at different hospitals only solidified this impression and reinforced my decision.”
Moniuszko graduated with high honors in 2002 and accepted employment with Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago. Describing himself as having a “strong determination and constant thirst for knowledge,” he earned his ARRT (N), PET and NCT certifications.
After realizing the fast-evolving field of nuclear medicine requires constant studying, Moniuszko and Patel Dharmesh wrote “Nuclear Medicine Technology Study Guide: A Technologist's Review for Passing Board Exams,” which was published by Springer Publishing in 2011.
“I realized there was a need for a comprehensive nuclear medicine textbook combining practice questions with the study guidance,” Moniuszko said.
He then teamed with Dr. Adam Sciuk to write “PET and PET/CT Study Guide: A Review for Passing the PET Specialty Exam,” published in 2012. This was followed by “Nuclear Cardiology Study Guide” by himself and Dr. Adrian Kesala.
Moniuszko enjoys his work in the Nuclear Medicine field and tracks the revolutions of treatment regimens and transformations of imaging protocols.
“The only things that have not changed over time are the patients’ fears, worries and concerns,” he said. “I call it a lesson in humbleness.”
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