“I administer radio active drugs to people and then image them in our gamma camera,” said Mosquera.
But Mosquera, a 2012 Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) alumna who works for Children’s of Alabama, is actually more like a super hero using cutting edge technology to help diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.
“I have always had a desire to work with technology, as well as with people, and the NMT program provided the right balance between both,” said Mosquera.
She was born in Quito, Ecuador, and raised in Homewood, Ala. She graduated UAB in 2010 with a degree in sociology but she wanted more. She just wasn’t sure what “more” was until she looked around the UAB School of Health Professions (SHP). Her self-discovery of the NMT track led to a job she loves as well as advice to share.
“Don’t be afraid to explore your options and look into something you might never thought of trying because that is basically how I found my career,” said Mosquera. “I investigated my own options and quickly realized NMT was a great fit for me. Plus, it is the only program of its kind in the state of Alabama.”
Mosquera is a member of the 2013-14 SHP Jr. Advisory Board. Established in 2011, the main responsibilities of the junior board are tending to the needs and perspectives of recent graduates. However, the board is also concerned about current students - future graduates - so they are working tirelessly to create an endowed scholarship fund.
“I felt drawn to this board and our mission because I know how blessed I was to receive scholarships throughout my career at UAB and I want to be able to make a difference in the life of someone else who needs assistance,” said Mosquera.
Helping others is a theme in Mosquera’s life and work. In the NMT program, the native Spanish speaker worked on translating medical procedures to Spanish. In her current position she works with Hispanic patients and families to make them more comfortable in expressing their thoughts and concerns. She does this because she believes it is the right thing to do; but she also understands it is another way to set oneself apart in a competitive job market.
“Do your best to make a lasting impression with those that you encounter because anyone you work with can become a job reference – for good or for bad,” said Mosquera. “In this field you want everyone to know your work ethic, your ability to do the job and your desire to help others.”