Meet Greg Shaeffer, RT(R), CT, VI | Radiation Sciences Programs

Meet Greg Shaeffer, RT(R), CT, VI

Meet Greg Shaeffer, RT(R), CT, VI Greg Shaeffer

Originally an English major with a large U-bill, Greg decided to join the National Guard. Within this, he chose to learn how to take x-rays. This schooling lasted 23 weeks, including a six week on-the-job training at a hospital in Ft. Leonard Wood. He enjoyed the job and was soon accepted into the RT program here at UIHC soon after finishing military school.  Greg got a great job out of school, working 3rd shift x-ray here at UIHC.  Roaming the hospital, keeping the peace while the rest of the world sleeps.  A dream job for a young, single guy.  Greg met his wife, a nurse from SICU and after ten years, Greg transitioned into a position on day shift in Interventional Radiology.  “Interventional has been endlessly exciting, with the coolest gadgets and daring procedures that push the edge of the medical field.” 

Greg’s favorite exam is a Code Stroke or a neuroangio for stroke treatment. “I still get goosebumps when I remember the patient who had aphasia and couldn't get his words out croaking 'thanks' as we wheeled him out of the room after successful treatment.”

Greg’s advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in IR: “Most will fear the amount of call involved in working in Interventional, but it really isn't such a bad thing.  It is really rewarding working so closely with the doctors and I still seem to learn something almost every day.”



Thursday, November 12, 2020