Greenwood Native Wins Award at Radiology Conference

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Kali Patterson

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Kali Patterson of Greenwood attended UAFS after reading about the success of its radiography program, and she recently was able to be a part of the program’s success by placing first in an essay competition at the Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologist Conference held on the UAFS campus.


Patterson placed first in the essay category for her paper on Osgood-Schlatter Disease, a common cause of knee pain that especially affects adolescents involved in high-impact sports. For winning the award, Patterson received a glass plaque.


“I was very surprised and did not expect to win,” she said. “There were hundreds of students from around the state at the convention, and it was such an honor that out of all of the essays submitted, mine was chosen.”


A Greenwood High School graduate, Patterson attended UAFS to earn an associate degree in radiography and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sonography afterwards. She said the program has helped prepare her for a future in the healthcare field.


“The professors want to see us succeed and push us to do our very best,” she said. “I think that is a big reason why this program is so great.”


Patterson was one of a number of students who won awards at the conference. UAFS swept the exhibit competition category, and student teams placed first and third in the Quiz Bowl category.


The radiography program at UAFS boasts a 100 percent job placement for its graduates over the last five years, as well as a 98 percent first-time pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam in that same span. 


More than 150 students from across the state attended the conference, which was held in the Pendergraft Health Sciences Center on campus.


For more information on the radiography program at UAFS, contact Angie Elmore, executive director of the radiography program, at 479-788-7845 or


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Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017