November 1, 2022
By Edidiong Idong-Bassey, Communications Assistant
A Northwest Missouri State University graduate student’s passion for nuclear medicine technology and new cancer treatments led her to co-author a manuscript that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.
Diane Soulek, who is pursuing her MBA at Northwest, is the Senior Nuclear Medicine Physician at the University of Iowa. (submitted photo)
Diane Soulek, who is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northwest, has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to publish “Practical Considerations for Implementing 177Lu-DOTATATE Neuroendocrine Tumor Treatment Programs.” Paper focusing on the cancer treatment program to treat neuroendocrine tumors and the potential for physicians to apply the program to cancer treatments around the world.
“I never thought I would have the opportunity to help publish a scholarly manuscript, let alone be the lead author,” Soulek said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a great group of co-writers. You are brilliant and already have several publications in the literature. They have guided me throughout this process and I am so grateful to them.”
Soulek has been a technologist for 22 years and is employed as the senior nuclear medicine scientist at the University of Iowa. In 2021, she decided to pursue a general MBA at Northwest based on recommendations from friends who are Northwest alumni.
Most importantly, Soulek says, Northwest’s MBA program has equipped her with skills she needs to address issues related to employee compensation and satisfaction.
“My current class, compensation and benefits has really reflected a lot of the struggles that employers or employees are currently facing, especially in the post-pandemic work environment,” Soulek said. “How do we administer benefits and pay compensation? How can we navigate hybrid work environments while keeping businesses financially stable and employees happy?”
She added, “I’ve been able to take the components I’ve learned and have one-on-one meetings with our staff representatives so it has a direct impact on our clinic.”
Soulek, who lives in Iowa City, Iowa, said the affordability and flexibility of Northwest’s MBA program appealed to her and allowed her to continue working full-time while pursuing a college degree.
“It’s amazing and humbling to be able to interact with so many different people from different professions, whether it’s your instructors via Zoom or classmates from across the country and online discussions,” Soulek said. “If I ever have questions, I don’t hesitate to ask my classmates. The instructors were extremely responsive, friendly and respectful in their interactions. It was great.”
For more information on Northwest’s MBA program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/graduate/mba/.