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Students and Faculty Present at the SNMMI 2023 Annual Meeting

The SNMMI 2023 Annual Meeting is recognized as the premier educational, scientific, research and networking event in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. The four-day event, taking place each June, provides physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals and scientists with an in-depth view of the latest research and development in the field and insights into practical applications for the clinic.

Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) faculty Sarah Frye, Ph.D., MBA, CCRP, CNMT, PET, NCT and Crystal Botkin, Ph.D., M.P.H., CNMT, PET, FSNMMI-TS attended the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in Chicago, from June 24-27, 2023. Frye and Botkin both presented continuing education sessions during the meeting. Six graduates from the Doisy College of Health Sciences 2023 NMT class also attended and presented.

NMT students and faculty standing together in front of a blue and gray wall

From left to Right: Sarah Frye, Carlos Delgado, Jacob Hamblen, Marie Johnson, Hannah Flickinger, Leila Alsarag, Crystal Botkin.

Not pictured: Nicholas Onderak.

"The SLU NMT faculty, students, and alumni participate in the SNMMI meeting every year. This group never ceases to amaze me with their hard work and dedication," Botkin said. "The students gain a perspective of the full scope of the field of nuclear medicine and have the opportunity to begin building relationships with lifelong colleagues. I am proud to be a part of this team and look forward to many more opportunities to work with them in the coming years."

Botkin attended the governance meetings which preceded the formal conference. She was recognized for completing four years of service (two terms) as SNMMI-TS Speaker of the National Council of Representatives (NCOR). In addition, the SNMMI-TS had the first-ever student career interest event. This event included presentations from technologists and college recruiters. The students had an opportunity to interact with NMT program directors to gain more information about the NMT programs across the country. Botkin attended and spoke to students at this event. 

Crystal Botkin and Sarah Frye standing in front of a white backdrop together at the conference

Nuclear Medicine Technology faculty Sarah Frye, Ph.D., MBA, CCRP, CNMT, PET, NCT (left) and Crystal Botkin, Ph.D., M.P.H., CNMT, PET, FSNMMI-TS (right).

Faculty member Frye received a $1,000 SNMMI-TS Travel Award to present her research abstract titled "Anxiety Survey for Standard of Care PET/CT Patients with Music Therapy: Preliminary Analysis," which was awarded First Place Technologist Oral Presentation.

The six students in attendance received $6,000 in SNMMI-TS travel awards to present their research abstracts. Five presented orally and one presented a poster:

About SLU’s Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences:

The Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared healthcare professionals since 1929. The Doisy College of Health Sciences offers healthcare education at the baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and professional levels in a variety of health-related fields.

About Saint Louis University:

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.