Savannah Shortz, DC

Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Savannah Shortz

Email: sashortz@uws.edu

Phone: 503-251-5797

Program & Concentration: MS in Diagnostic Imaging, Radiology Resident

Hometown: Lafayette, California

Prior Education or Experience: DC - Life Chiropractic College West, BS in Biology - Sonoma State University

Brief Bio: Coffee-addicted, science-fascinated, animal-loving, always-starving, outdoors-appreciating, radiologically-appropriate introvert. That’s me, to put it simply.

Why did you choose to specialize in diagnostic imaging? Why did you choose UWS?
Believe it or not, one of my first concrete memories from childhood is staring into an X-ray view box at age four. I’ve been hooked ever since. Choosing the University of Western States diagnostic imaging residency was an easy decision. UWS has everything I was looking for in a residency, such as opportunities to teach, conduct research, work within a clinical environment, and most importantly, master the art of interpreting diagnostic images.

What has been your favorite part of the diagnostic imaging residency program?
Teaching. Not every residency provides the opportunity to teach. The day-to-day interactions with the students and witnessing that light bulb moment when the X-rays begin to make sense; that is absolutely my favorite part of the residency.

What has been the most surprising part about working/going to school at UWS?
As a native Californian, I was a little nervous about the rainy reputation of the Pacific Northwest. Thankfully, with a little bit of vitamin D supplementation, I have found that the rain really isn’t that bad. If anything, it just helps make staying indoors to study seem that much more appealing.

Who has made the most impact on your education and experience at UWS so far?
One of the greatest features of the radiology residency here at UWS is the fact that you have access to multiple radiologists for mentoring and guidance through the program. Every radiologist has their own unique way of approaching a case and is eager to help you learn. Collectively, they have all made a strong impact on me and a difference in my career as a future radiologist.

What do you hope to do after you complete your residency?
Upon completion of the residency and passing Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR) boards, my goal is to return to my hometown in the California bay area, where I hope to teach and work in the clinic as a radiologist at Life Chiropractic College West. Additionally, I plan to have a private reading practice offering radiographic consultation to fellow chiropractors.

Wild Card: Favorite way to get some stress out from school?
For my sanity, it is critical to have an outlet for all the day-to-day stress. Thankfully, Portland has multiple trails that are perfect for a great run, my go-to stress reliever. And if running can’t solve my problems, there’s always my four-legged canine and equine beasts, Clyde and Mac.