Before starting his education at AIMS, Ron Barrett attended the University of Arizona as an English major and then the Chubb Institute for computer programming. He went on to work for a life insurance company as a mainframe programmer for twelve years and then as an application support specialist at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals for another twelve years. At Sanofi he helped doctors, nurses and pharmacists in the Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology department.
When Ron’s position was outsourced, he was forced to make a difficult decision. He could stay in the same field and risk being outsourced again or he could search for a new career. With the encouragement and support of his wife, he decided it was time to try something new. The decision to pursue a career in the medical field felt very natural to Ron. He’d always had a strong interest in biology and medicine, and the idea of helping someone get better rather than helping a corporation get richer really appealed to him.
Ron researched all of the possible careers he could pursue in the allied health field and eventually came across the MRI program offered at AIMS. MRI stood out the most because he knew it would not only allow him to help patients, but also give him the opportunity to work with a fascinating new technology.
Despite the challenging nature of the MRI program, Ron found his time at AIMS very rewarding. Cross-sectional Anatomy and MRI physics in particular were subjects that he found difficult but very enjoyable. They forced him to think in completely new ways. He also found the AIMS instructors to be both knowledgeable and supportive.
“I had some fun classmates and some excellent instructors, all of whom really want you to succeed.”
After completing his classroom education, Ron went to Edison Imaging at JFK Medical Center for his clinical internship. He was fortunate enough to learn from and work directly with the MRI program director, Sheetal Desai, and her staff. Recently Mrs. Desai finished writing an MRI clinical handbook for MRI Technologists. Ron offered his assistance by editing the book for grammar and clarity.
Immediately after graduating from the MRI Technologist program at AIMS, Ron was hired by Sheetal Desai. He currently works with her at several different healthcare facilities. He also passed the MRI Technologist certification exam offered through the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). Ron is extremely excited about the direction his life has taken. Right now his primary focus is to continue to develop and improve his scanning.