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What is Medical Sonography?
What is Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive and painless medical test that uses sound waves to create images of blood flow, organs, and tissues to assist doctors in confirming or ruling out a specific diagnosis. Also known as ultrasound, sonography is a common tool used by doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) to monitor a woman’s pregnancy.

What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers help to prep...
Brain Foods
Brain Foods
Back in the day (whenever that was) it was common to think that foods shaped like particular organs or body parts would help keep the actual corresponding body part healthy and well.

As scientific thought began to work its way to the forefront, those ideas were treated like wives’ tales or folklore. So, in today's world we can rely on science to point the way towards foods that contribute to optimal cognitive function and we n...
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.

A team of resear...
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
By Emily Hayes, contributing writer

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found brain damage in patients who died of COVID-19.

The 25-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with symptoms including anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Experience with her case was ...
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants and the demand for their services is so good that government analysts predict more than 1,000 positions will open up every month, on average, for the next decade.

Trained and licensed Physical Therapist Assistants should have little trouble finding job opportunities for the foreseeable future.

There is a high demand for physical therapist assistants, especially due to the ag...
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
If you have ever had an MRI scan before, you’ll know how unsettling the experience can be. You’re placed in a claustrophobia-inducing tube and asked to stay completely still for up to an hour while unseen hardware whirs, creaks, and thumps around you like a medical poltergeist. New research, though, suggests AI can help with this predicament by making MRI scans four times faster, getting patients in and out of the tube quicker.

Blind Test Show...

Employee Spotlight

Cyrill Reiser

This month’s Employee Spotlight highlights Cyrill Reiser, Casa Loma College’s MIS Director. We don’t think about what all goes into the job of IT and for the most part the job is behind the scene, but Cyrill and his IT support team keep the College running smoothly with monitoring and maintaining the computer systems and network, installing and configuring computer hardware, software, systems, networks, and printers and providing technical support and training to employees. But Cyrill is more than just IT – as you will read below …

Tell Us About Yourself?
I was born and bred in a tiny village in Switzerland. After high-school I went to school in Zurich and got a degree in IT Systems Engineering. Shortly after turning twenty-one I followed my heart, packed all my belongings and moved to Los Angeles. I’ve been living and traveling in the U.S. ever since.

 Before working at Casa Loma, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When I was about 14 years old, my best friend and I spent the summer working at a local flower shop. We both were obsessed with these really cool sneakers but couldn’t afford them; so trimming roses, watering plants and carrying around heavy soil bags for two weeks was totally worth it!

What Inspired You to Pursue A Career in IT?
Education in Switzerland works a little bit differently than it does here in the U.S. Once you get out of high-school you have a handful of professions you can chose from (IT, banking, car mechanic, etc.). Out of all the choices – a career in IT seemed the most fun to me.

What Areas Within This Field Are of Interest to You? Is There an Area You Are More Focused On?
In the beginning I worked with hardware systems a lot, but quickly realized that it wasn’t the direction I wanted to pursue. Repairing broken servers and computers all the time wasn’t that fun to me. Configuring and troubleshooting software systems is much more satisfying, so that is what I focus on most now.

What Have Been Your Most Important, Proudest And/or Favorite Experience in Your Career?
One of my favorite and most rewarding experiences thus far has been the planning and executing a migration from local servers and software to the cloud.

Who Has Influenced You the Most in Life and Why?
I never had any role models or people that had major influences in my life when I was younger. I often observe the people and situations around me and then take action based on what felt best or most interesting to me.

If you could do another job, anywhere, for just one day, what would it be? And why?
Don’t know yet, because if I did, I would be doing it right now!

If You Could Have Dinner with One Person, Living or Dead, Who Would It Be and why?
Probably Gavin DeGraw because his music has been resonating with me for a long time. I would love to know more about his creative process when writing new music.

How Do You Like to Spend Your Free Time?
During my free time I’m always traveling, recording footage for my documentary or writing new music.

Best vacation you’ve ever had?
Hmm…that’s a hard one. I enjoy all the places I travel to but if I had to pick one it would be my volunteer trip to Zimbabwe. I spent one-month volunteering at the Nakavango Conservation Programme which was an amazing experience.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I used to be very shy and introverted which is really surprising to people that didn’t know me back then.


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