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Kristen Waterstram-Rich

Interim Associate Dean
Dean’s Office
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor

585-475-5117
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Kristen Waterstram-Rich

Interim Associate Dean
Dean’s Office
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

Professor Waterstram-Rich is a certified nuclear medicine technologist. Since returning to RIT in 1983, Kristen has served in several different positions and is currently the interim associate dean for the CHST. She has co-authored several publications including a Curriculum Guide for Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine, and is the co-editor of the textbook Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT: Technology and Techniques, now in its 8th edition. In addition to publications, she has served on numerous national and international committees including a term as the president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, a national organization with international membership. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, which accredits nuclear medicine technology programs throughout the US and has served as Chair and Exam Chair of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) which administers the professional certification exam for nuclear medical technologists. She has given presentations on various topics related to nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine education, and ethics in health care across the country and around the world.

585-475-5117

Currently Teaching

MEDS-201
3 Credits
Language is a systematic means or method of communicating ideas, events, or feelings. It is a combination of words or symbols used to encode and decode information. Medicine has a language to communicate information regarding the human body, its functions, diseases, tests, and procedures. This course explores the language of medicine, the rules of “language,” language mechanics that apply how to create words, define terms, and identify abbreviations. In addition to learning the fundamentals, the student will gain experience in writing, using the language of medicine, as well as interpreting that language into everyday English.
MEDS-470
3 Credits
This course builds off of the clinical experiences of students currently working or volunteering in a clinical setting. The course will include informal and formal writing assignments. Topics addressed include the following: the roles of the various healthcare professionals; understanding sensitivity and diversity; logistics of the health care system – in-patient and out-patient; privacy and safety issues associated with patients and care providers; documentation methods. (Currently volunteering or working in a healthcare setting)
MEDS-105
3 Credits
This course will provide first-year students with an enhanced understanding of critical issues in global health, science and technology. It will explore cultural awareness and perspectives as well as the consequences of individual and group decisions on the health of communities.
MEDI-705
3 Credits
This course presents concepts related to organization and retrieval of knowledge-based information in the health sciences. It includes a study of classification schemes, controlled vocabularies and thesauri, metadata, and ontologies. Major schemes and systems examined, for example, include MeSH, UMLS, and PubMed. Also covered are the topics of knowledge retrieval at the point of care, and knowledge discovery.
MEDS-599
1 - 4 Credits
This course will provide students the opportunity for independent study in a topic of strong interest.
MEDS-489
1 - 4 Credits
This course is an upper division course on a topic of special interest that is not part of a formal curriculum. The course design may differ by topic or faculty member but will include prerequisites, contact hours, and examination/assessment procedures. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.

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Formal Presentation
Hogg,Peter, K.Waterstram-Rich, S. Dennan. “Technologistand Radiographer Advanced Practice in Nuclear Medicine - an InternationalPerspective.” World Federation of NuclearMedicine and Biology. Cape Town, South Africa. 19 Sept. 2010. Presentation.
Waterstram-Rich, Kristen; K. Hunt, C. Nielson. “Molecular Imaging.” World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology. Cape Town, South Africa. 21 Sept. 2010. Presentation.
Waterstram-Rich, Kristen; P. Hogg.” Report from InternationalNM Working Party.” Annual Congress ofthe European Association of Nuclear Medicine. Vienna, Austria. 11 Oct. 2010. Presentation.