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Presenters must know their subject. MRI is taught in the context of many different disciplines and we encourage an interdisciplinary approach. However the approach varies according to the intended audience. Pure physics is best taught by physicists, but they may have limited knowledge about applying the learning to clinical scanning. Cross-sectional anatomy and abnormal pattern recognition is probably best taught by radiologists, but they may not have a deep understanding of the underpinning principles of MRI. Cathy and John are both clinical MRI specialists having worked in both the healthcare diagnostics field, and MRI research (Oxford University) from the early days of MRI. Importantly, in addition to their postgraduate qualifications in MRI and education, they are also both qualified radiographers. Having a background in clinical radiography allows Cathy and John to tailor the lecture content to be at exactly the right level for the target audience. In CPD - application to practice is everything and it is something that lecturers from other disciplines - such as physics or radiology are not likely to be able to provide.
We can also keep right up to date with current technology, because unlike other "learning companies" we have access to state-of-the-art MRI scanners right on site at our teaching venue, including 3T high-field and 1T open systems. We also foster close links with the major manufacturers, being a preferred education provider for Philips Healthcare, Toshiba, Oxford Magnets, Schering and Bracco and Cobalt Imaging. This allows us to keep keep fully up-to-date with clinical and educational advances and link theory with practice in a way that no other educator can match.
As professional academics, Cathy and John both hold Master of Science degrees in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and are both fully-qualified doctors of (medical) education.
These qualifications are important because In addition to mastery of their subject, credible course presenters should be qualified in teaching and learning because that is their role.
Cathy and John are also both Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The HEA vision is for students in UK higher education to enjoy the highest quality learning experience in the world and we bring that philosophy to everything we do - including MRI in Practice - The Course.
We are not aware of any other MRI course of this type that is presented by a faculty who are all qualified in both MRI and Education at this level. Please consider this when choosing which MRI course is likely to address your needs. If a course provider is not qualified to teach, it is ethically questionable as to whether they should be selling educational services. Some commercial MRI courses are delivered by speakers who are not qualified in either MRI or Education!
Dr Cathy Westbrook is a senior lecturer and post-graduate pathway leader at the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge where she is pathway leader for the post-graduate Masters degree course in MRI. Cathy supervises MSc and PhD students in MRI related research.
Cathy is also an independent teaching consultant providing teaching and assessment in MRI and radiographic related subjects to clients all over the world.
Cathy has worked in MRI since 1990 and has a Doctorate in education, an MSc in MRI, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and a Fellowship in Advanced MRI. Cathy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified Clinical Teacher.
Cathy has taught the MRI in Practice Course for many years and also teaches and examines on many other national and international courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In particular Cathy was involved in the development of the first reporting course for MRI radiographers and the first undergraduate course for Assistant Practitioners in MRI.
Cathy is the author of “MRI in Practice” - the World's best selling book in the field of MRI*, “Handbook of MRI Technique” and “MRI at a Glance” and many other chapters and articles.
Cathy has been President of the British Association of MR Radiographers, Chairman of the Consortium for the Accreditation of Clinical MR Education and Honorary Secretary of the British Institute of Radiology.
John developed an early interest in MRI as a school-leaver in 1979. He was one of the first cohort of practitioners to gain an MSc in the field of medical imaging (MRI) in 1997. His doctoral thesis examined cognitive task load in the field of mobile learning.
Academically, he oversees distance learning and mobile learning delivery in the fields of medical & healthcare education, research methodology and magnetic resonance imaging at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a senior lecturer in MRI and supervisor for students undertaking masters degrees (MSc). He is module tutor for medical education and research modules including Core Concepts in Learning and Teaching and Curricular and Structural Concepts for Lifelong Learning, Research Methodology and Research Design.
He was formerly Education and Research Radiographer at Oxford MRI/Oxford University.
In publishing, John is co-author and illustrator of MRI in Practice (Blackwell/Wiley), the world's best selling book in the field of medical imaging. He is the illustrator of MRI at a Glance, and Handbook of MRI Technique (Blackwell/Wiley) and co-author of Medical Imaging- Techniques, Reflection & Evaluation (Elsevier).
In ePublishing and mobile learning John is a registered Apple developer and also an app developer for Google Android.
John's main interest is exploiting the parallelism between technology and learning and he is currently researching into how cognition is affected by technology-enhanced learning. His previous contributions to the field include the construction of a "virtual reality" MRI scanner for learning and teaching and other web based interactive learning materials. More recently John has been creating computer generated high definition movies and diagrams of MRI concepts for the all-new update of the MRI Course. Some of these CGI resources are included in the web content for the latest edition of MRI in Practice (the book).