Nîmes: the first medical imaging students on the right track

Opened in September in d’Alzon, DTS is recruiting its second promotion.

While today’s high school students’ desires must be realized through the Parcoursup software, the Institut d’Alzon has already received more than 300 requests for its 25 open places in DTS medical imaging. The 27 students of the first year finished their internship yesterday and so far no one has been left behind.

Baptiste, 19, entered shortly after high school without really knowing what to expect. He has just completed his internship at Carémeau with Marion who was a nursing assistant and has decided to retrain. Both evoke primary qualities to pursue the profession of medical imaging technician “Benevolence, Taste for Contact”. Even if medicine is becoming more and more technical, the manipulators of radios, scanners or MRIs are also and above all caregivers who are confronted with suffering and death.

Three-year training

“We have voluntarily opened places for students with different profiles. More like scientific high school graduates, but also technology high school graduates and people in retraining. These imaging professions have different facets”, explains Virginie Cote, director of higher education at the Lycée d’Alzon.

For Professor Jean-Paul Bérégi, who directs the training, progress in imaging is so rapid that the programs are almost obsolete before they are even applied… “Medical innovation is permanent and today imaging affects all specialties. The appetite for imaging, diagnosis, screening and follow-up is found in all doctors… In France there are 100 million cases per year!”

It’s not a working student diploma, but it boils down to the same thing

The young people trained in three years must therefore be both versatile and excellent technicians. The training mixes anatomical-physiological aspects to bring everyone up to speed, then technological (how a scanner, MRI works) and finally digital (how to use and understand image reading software). “When I startedsmiles Agnès Amblard, Health Manager at CHU, We were trained in chemistry: how to develop x-rays, developers, fixers, etc. The job isn’t the same anymore!

Over three years, during the course, the students will be visited by 80 different speakers, professionals from the public or private sector, who will come to give lessons. Internships are also essential. “It’s not a work study diploma, but it boils down to the same thing. We are at a turning point in national education where we are adapting education as closely as possible to the needs of professionals in the sector. We’ve been working on it for six years, we got the green light in February 2021 to open in September, but we knew it would work.” underlines Yvan Lachaud, who works on other projects.

Medical equipment maintenance training would find its employment pool in Nîmes (University of Lille holds the title, its dean is due to be changed soon in Nîmes), as would physiotherapist training. The observation is easy; Of the last hundred physiotherapists passed by the CHU in recent years, 64 of them were trained in Spain and 22 in Belgium.

High age pyramid and increasing demand for images

In Nîmes as elsewhere, in the hospital (with 120 technicians) as in the private sector, the average age of imaging technicians is high. Replacing retirement and meeting the growing demand for medical images, two reasons to encourage young people’s education. If the DTS corresponds to a degree of license (Bac +3) and therefore allows the continuation of studies in the master, they are only 6% to continue in France. It must be said that everyone else finds a job immediately.

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