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CollaborationRA

Working together to recognize the Radiology Technologist and Radiologist Assistant profession. The thoughts and views expressed in this podcast are their own and not affiliated with any groups, organizations or societies. read less
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Finding Ways To Advance
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Finding Ways To Advance
This week our featured guest host is Kenzi Samuelson.  Mrs. Samuelson has been practicing in the industry as an ultrasound tech for almost a decade and wanted to come on the open mic to share her experiences in the profession.  Listen in as we engage in conversations and learn more about our struggles, how to overcome them and ways that we can continue to progress in our profession.   In this episode we start out by sharing what inspired Mrs. Samuelson to enter the industry and where her experiences have brough her up to know.  She speaks on entering the profession and some of the challenges new sonographers face and how to work towards working together to build a better future.  In her current role she seems many opportunities for the profession to grow and progress and speaks on how we can work together to achieve those advancements.    Mrs. Samuelson found is while looking into radiology specific advanced practice providers and that lead us into further conversations.  Listen in as we learn more about the advanced roles in medical imaging and how we can come together to understand what it is that each of us can bring to our medical imaging departments to aid in our radiologist daily workflow.   If you are interested in entering the ultrasound industry, Mrs. Samuelson’s advice is to attend an accredited program.     https://www.caahep.org   Our podcast doesn’t represent any societies; these conversations/thoughts/views expressed in this episode (as with all our episodes) are our own.
Leading By Example
May 29 2024
Leading By Example
For this episode we invited A Couple Of Rad Techs Podcast, Chaundria Singleton, on to collaborate and connect as one platform for the evening.  We speak candidly on current events and the effects they have on our profession and how we can lead together to continue the rise in our voices.  Check out the timeline below an listen to the conversation flow.   Timeline: (00:52) Opening and introduction(03:13) How Chaundria got her start in the medical imaging industry and finding her passion.(06:11) Finding the pathway from graduating, constraining, and then going into multiple modalities.(07:55) What radiology-based podcasts, value in conversations, and investing in yourself can bring to you and your profession.(12:32) What others have learned on our platforms and likewise, what we have learned from our guests and conversations.(17:04) Recognizing the positive change, removing the competition mentality, and how educational standards have made an impact.(22:04) How setting and leading by example can make a big impact.(23:33) Social media and podcasting; connecting the two to increase understanding and engagement.(25:50) Recognition doesn’t mean competition. (27:11) How recent events have pulled us together, articles that impact us, and finding our voices to continue raising the bar.(29:27) Advocacy and its various forms.(34:22) How positive leadership can make positive impacts in the workplace.(36:38) Wrapping up the conversation and closing the episode out.   We really wanted to thank Chaundria for coming on and sharing a platform together.  Together we share in the passion of continuing to inspire, educate, and elevate our profession.  This was such a treat for us to put together this episode, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Sharing Value
May 15 2024
Sharing Value
In this episode we spend time in casual conversation with fellow RA and friend Wesley Shay.  We hit on many topics but during the whole conversation you can hear how social media and word of mouth impact our profession.  As we look at moving forward, consider what impact you want to make and how to make it more constructive.   Timeline: (00:51) Intro and introducing Wesley Shay.(02:39) Meeting Wesley and presenting at the conferences.(04:41) Coming together and validating the information of our profession through the RA 101 lectures.(10:03) Job market trends, credentialing, and new RA graduates coming into the industry.(12:12) Credentialing and being the first in the industry to introduce the RA profession.(17:10) Inspiring RT students to see the value in the RA and educators understanding our roles.(19:49) Recognizing differences in advocacy and the changes we have noticed over the past 2 yrs.(24:00) Value in the podcast and giving others networking and freedom of connection.(27:38) Recognizing the role of radiologic technologist, the value you in numbers and elevating their voice.(29:02) Value in CEU conferences and upcoming events.(32:17) Impacts of our comments on social media and how we can move from non-constructive to constructive ways on promoting and elevating the profession.(36:24): Closing the episode out and sharing in some laughs.   We want to thank Mr. Shay for taking the time to come on and visit with us.  Our mic is always on and we want to share in conversations with you!  Join us!
Speaking Respect
May 1 2024
Speaking Respect
This week host Marcelene Forbus took to the open mic to share the inspiration for our recent social media post on recognizing the foundation that radiology has.  Listen in as she takes you on an in-depth look into developing self-recognition, speaking respect, and understanding that we all already have everything we need to make an impact.   Timeline: (00:51):  Marcelene opens the show.(01:32):  Sharing on recent conference, collaborating among societies, and reaffirmed support for the RA.(03:15):  Speaking on the post “just going to be blunt for a minute” and changing the narrative.(04:50):  Inspiration for the post, comparing ourselves, and our foundation.(06:35):  Our education and supporting those who desire to pursue higher learning.(08:44):  Advancing into multiple modalities and learning this is our opportunity specifically for us.(09:19):  Radiology based mid-levels and the value of supporting this pathway.(10:21):  Radiology professionals advancing into hospital administrative roles and added value to the profession.(11:51):  Learning where radiology has room to grow, finding our voice, gaining unity and self-recognition.(15:27): Closing remarks   Below is the ASRT’s national campaign Be Seen link and commercial site!   https://www.asrt.org/beseen   Thank you everyone for finding value in the podcast, opening conversations with us, and listening in as we speak and inspire each other to learn more about who we all are.  Your support is always of great value to us.
Climbing The Ladder
Apr 3 2024
Climbing The Ladder
On this episode we get the honor to sit and visit with Jason Newmark and Kim Evans with the AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management.  We wanted to know more about the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credentials and the value that this certification can bring to those of us in leadership positions!  Enjoy the listen as we hit many of the topics that are happening in our departments, as we all learn and grow stronger together!   Timeline: (00:51) Introduction: Jason Newmark and Kim Evans.(04:49) Finding how we connect with common backgrounds.(05:49) Learning about the AHRA and what their society can offer to our imaging leadership/management teams and developing into upper administrative roles.(13:03) Value in corporate partnerships, AHRA website, the 2024 conference and CEUs.(20:27) Learning about the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) and the value it brings.(23:29) Eligibility for the CRA certification, education behind obtaining this certification and climbing that corporate ladder.(27:21) Practice test and education material to aid in obtaining the CRA credentials.(28:52) Personal experience of the CRA certification and what management roles look like with this certification.(31:30) How the CRA can offer benefits to those who may not be climbing the administrative ladder but want to engage in better understanding and team dynamics.(36:05) How the CRA credentials can sort of verify the experience of those in leadership roles and the future of recognizing the CRA certification.(38:00) The Radiologist Assistant (RA) role and leadership impacts on the professional and technical side of daily tasks.(43:23) Rebuilding what is “Radiology”, building our bonds, and the “BeSeen” campaign.(47:43) Closing the episode.   A special thanks to Mr. Newmark and Mrs. Evans for coming on and sharing about the AHRA society and the CRA credentials and certification.  Please check out the websites below to learn more about the AHRA or the CRA. https://www.ahra.org/home https://www.crainfo.org https://www.crainfo.org/CRA/Take_the_CRA_Exam/Study_and_Reference_Materials/CRA/Take_the_Exam/CRA_Study_Reference_Materials.aspx?hkey=8687f757-c981-4942-9997-143c0dcc3c34
Learning Through Connecting
Mar 5 2024
Learning Through Connecting
This week we got the opportunity to visit with James Armo, who joined us all the way from Ghana, Africa.  In this episode we look at some of the differences between the educational programs overseas in comparison to the United States and what are the things that connect us as professionals.   We were so grateful to have had this chance to visit with Mr. Armo and we are wishing him the best as he hits the career force and works towards higher education!   Timeline: (00:53) Introduction and meeting James Armo.(02:12) Education, future certifications, learning apps, and education on equipment.(04:58) Degree level programs, workforce outlook, and pay range based on location.(08:02) Learning forensics and medical imaging embedded into radiology programs.(10:30) Being recognized as professionals, society involvement and getting your community to get to know you.(14:09) Learning about their imaging degree plan, difference from the US, and what is embedded in our different programs.(20:17) Future plans post graduate and making goals.(23:27) looking at global recognition, working towards something bigger, and the impacts of social media/podcasts.(26:00) How social media worked to unite us for this episode.(27:00) Diversity in medical imaging and finding several ways to embrace our differences.(27:37) Closing remarks.   Thank you Mr. Armo for coming on with us, sharing about you education, and what you are hopeful in the future of our profession.  Connection always brings higher learning, and we were excited to have these discussions.  We are wishing him all the best in all that he does!
Building Bridges
Feb 27 2024
Building Bridges
Today’s episode we get to sit down with featured guest host, James Reaves (RT, CT, MR), to learn more about how the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologist (GSRT) is working towards strengthen recognition in their state.   One of the ways that they are doing this, is through visiting the Georgia Capitol and educating on the importance of our profession.  This episode gives you an inside look at the rules being promulgated and HB 434 and how other states can put together their own capitol visits.   Timeline: (00:51) Introducing guest host James Reaves (05:04) The inspiration and involvement to better recognition. (13:07) Discussing the promulgation of rules and what HB 434 means for Georgia. (14:31) The process of putting together a capital visit for 60+ students, technologist, and Radiologist Assistants (RA). (19:36) Setting yourself apart and the importance of meeting in person. (21:11) Tips and tricks for making the most success out of a capital visit. (22:49) The success of lining legislation up, following through, and visiting with representatives. (24:11) The inspiration that set James into motion on putting together multiple capitol visits. (26:42) The power of teaching advocacy at the start of medical imaging education and ASRT programs to help encourage student technologist to become more active in advocacy. (31:16) What “We’re working for you” looks like behind the scenes. (34:29) The start of the RA lectures, Georgia’s impacts, and learning more about the RA. (38:12) Educating at a state and national level to make a greater impact. (39:54) The power of negotiation to better achieve legislative success. (40:39) Closing remarks.   A big thank you to Mr. Reaves as he took time after a busy day at the capitol, to come on and share with us their experiences.  We are humbled by his continued excitement in working towards advocacy efforts and seeing success for the state of Georgia.  We are wishing them all luck with the promulgated rules and HB 434!
Lobbyist: Becoming Fixtures
Feb 13 2024
Lobbyist: Becoming Fixtures
On this episode we share our mic with Texas Lobbyist, Kyle Frazier, as he shares open advice on what advocacy for radiology-based professionals should look like.  He spends time sharing the importance a lobbyist can play in the legislative role, how to advocate effectively, and the importance of making connections with representatives.  This episode of all about empowering our process and educating consistently on our roles, with/without legislation in process.   Mr. Frazier joins us with an extensive history in advocacy and has spent more than 3 decades in his role as a lobbyist.  As we look at gaining higher recognition as the 3rd largest healthcare professional, we he about about how we have to be willing to advocate at the highest level.  Gain better insight and help us work towards raising that recognition bar!   Timeline: (00:51) Introducing Kyle Frazier.(03:00) The unity of the RRA and RPA in Texas, leading to unity in states moving forward.(06:25) How, who, and what is a Lobbyist?(09:15) The importance a Lobbyist can bring during advocacy in support/opposing legislation.(11:46) Monetary value and personal advocacy, evaluating time and necessary support.(17:07) Advantages of having a lobbyist, society involvement, grassroots, building connections, and becoming the expert for seeking advice.(26:39) Making that local level impact in the most effective ways.(28:49) Advocating like the 3rd largest professional and making it a constant.(36:33) Final thoughts and closing the episode out.   A huge thank you to Mr. Frazier for taking time out of his busy schedule to come on and share ways that we can become stronger advocates in our industry.  We are beyond grateful for the continued connect and support over the years!
RA: Billing And Ongoing Discussions
Feb 6 2024
RA: Billing And Ongoing Discussions
This week our featured guest is Melody Mulaik, President of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies.  Listen in as she takes time with us to shed light on some of the questions that continue to be raised about billing for the Radiologist Assistant (RA) profession.  We take and extensive look into the 2019 CMS billing guidelines, incident to, value in the RA, seeking support, MARCA, and how Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy professionals can advance into the medical billing and coding profession.   Disclaimer: This podcast episode was record for the purpose of offering an opportunity to openly discuss some of billing guidelines and gaining better clarification for RA professionals.  Opening conversations help us know where we need better support and can lead to a more unified understanding as we progress the profession forward.   Links to the content discussed can be found below the timeline.   Timeline: (00:52): Opening remarks and guest host Melody Mulaik(03:14): Speaking about supporting national legislation to halt or stop Medicare cuts.(07:18): Going through 2019’s changes that now RA to perform diagnostic imaging procedures under “direct” supervision.(10:32): Breaking down Transmittal 251 and “concept does not apply”.(14:42): Exploring the gray areas of billing and lack of billing for inpatient procedures.(16:55): Value in various pieces of utilizing the RA while also bring mindful of tracking/billing.(18:27): Speaking about MARCA, rural communities, seeking CMS guidance and having conversations.(24:32): Incident to guidelines and what falls under the incident to rules.(29:43): Brief discussion over prior MARCA language.(31:31): Radiologist shortages and how extenders can play a vital role in assisting with departmental flow and a type of triage process for procedures and case workup.(34:48): E&M coding and who can provide those services.(35:14): Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy pathways into medical billing and coding.(37:30): Having the hard conversations, gaining better understanding, and becoming more unified as to why we are seeking CMS/MARCA support.(39:17): Thanking Melody Mulaik for coming on with us and closing remarks.   To support the halt or stop to Medicare cuts go to https://fixmedicarenow.org/take-action?vvsrc=/Campaigns/108965/Respond and submit a letter to your state representatives.   Transmittal 251: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Transmittals/2018downloads/R251BP.pdf   We were truly grateful to have this conversation with Ms. Mulaik.  While there are no new rule changes, we wanted to come together and educate why the RA is seeking CMS and MARCA support.  The more we can all understand and unify, the more consistent our message will be.
Natural Progression
Jan 30 2024
Natural Progression
Fellow Radiologic Technologists and guest hosts Travis Winsett and Cade Little, join us on the open mic to ask questions as they consider advancing their career into the extender role.  We share on the various opportunities that are out there and how to assist in making the right decisions when looking at advancing your career in medical imaging.   In this episode we also share extensively on the RA role, the definition of supervision, how supervision is determined, and what RA’s can and are credentialed to perform.  We share on what life in the roles of Marcelene and Reece are typically like and what others considering this field can gain from these conversations.   Timeline: 00:51: Introducing our guests03:25: What piques the interest in the Radiologist Assistant (RA) role.05:41: Key factors to consider when looking at the RA role vs the PA (Physician Assistant) role.11:17: The roles do the RA’s fill and how involvement of the Radiologist.15:00: Defining supervision, how supervision is defined, and credentialing.18:08: Billing components (Technical and Professional).20:01: The extent of the scope of practice (image guided biopsies).22:37: Different definitions; “Preliminary” and “Initial Observation”.24:33: Working towards better recognition.30:03: Dual role; Radiographer and Radiologist Assistant.31:48: Open discussion on how others outside the podcast view the RA concept.35:57: Post conversation and consideration for going the RA pathway.39:10: Closing out the episode.    We want to thank Travis and Cade for taking the time to come on with us and sharing about the many considerations that they have when looking to consider the RA pathway.  While there can be many answers to the same questions, we hope that we were able to give a little bit of clarity on what many of us considered when we went through the process. Thank you everyone for tuning in and finding value in every episode!  We are grateful for the growing fan base and the elevation of each of our voices.
Investing In The Future
Jan 23 2024
Investing In The Future
Join us as we get to sit with UT Heath in San Antonio’s program Director, Laura P. Vasquez (Ph.D, MS, RVT, RT, MR, MRSO), as she shares about the program they are offering.  This is the first ver entry into the program at a master’s level that offers students the education, training, and opportunity to become multimodality certifications.   We hit on several topics during this discussion with the order of the content below: The demand for education, market trends, and what multimodality trained technologist have to offer our industry. Changes in education that has been seen over the years, leading up to programs of higher education and training. The definition of professionalism, COVID trends, advocacy and the trends that are happening in medical imaging (and all of medicine). UT Health San Antonio’s masters level program, what it offers to it’s students, what entering the program looks like, and what students can expect to achieve.Investing in our own, heightening awareness of levels of education and the importance of the education medical imaging professionals have in advocacy. The rigor of programs at UT Health in San Antonio and the start of the first cohort.Face to face vs hybrid programs and investing resources in earlier education with STEM programs to drive more students into the medical imaging pathway.Current workforce issues and looking to fill the void with traveling technologist; missing the opportunity to build and maintain a team.What students are looking at as they go through these programs and working in the industry.Educating on the Radiologist Assistant role and how it plays a key part in where our industry if currently at. Understanding the importance of advocating for new industry growth and investing in those who are trailblazing the process. Closing the program up and sharing on the future hope of the students currently enrolled in this masters level program. It was such an honor to have Dr. Vasquez on with us and share on the importance of recognizing professionals and investing in the future of the profession.  Our thoughts and views align as we each look at how we want to see the industry grow and maintain recognition.
Something To Offer
Nov 14 2023
Something To Offer
This week we are joined with guest hosts Christine Eckenrod (R, CT, MR) and Tiffany Shaffer (RT) come on the air to share about the value of being a clinical instructor (CI) can bring.  There are many benefits outside of financial gain and we share each of our experiences in teaching and the ways in which it has given back during our careers.  In this episode we all learn that “everyone has something to offer” -Christine Eckenrod.   A special congratulations to Ms. Shaffer as she won Clinical Instructor of the year award at Penn College. What an amazing accomplishment to receive from the students you are educating and training.   Timeline: ·      (00:37) Intro ·      (02:36) Teaching others offers its own unique perks ·      (05:16) Reflecting on being a student and picking up on the tools to better your skillset. ·      (06:40) Difficulties in finding those who want to be a Clinical Instructor and bringing value to an unpaid role. ·      (09:22) Requirements to become a Clinical Instructor and what extra it requires out of their typical work day. ·      (14:38) The difference between a Clinical Instructor and a Clinical Coordinator/Director. ·      (15:16) Cohort sizes and per/post covid. ·      (17:32) Clinical rotations offered to those who attend Penn College’s radiology based programs. ·      (18:34) RT students working with RA professionals ·      (19:56) How being a Clinical Instructor can lead towards advancing your career to transition into the educational career path. ·      (21:01) How teaching others has its benefits as we each share what we gain in the process. ·      (24:58) Advice for those considering becoming Clinical Instructors and recognizing that we all have something to offer. ·      (28:54) Light bulb moments and the ability to enhance others skillsets. ·      (30:01) CEU Courses that the ASRT offers to those who want to make the tack into becoming a Clinical Instructor. ·      (31:35) How educators can use podcasts and directed readings during their didactic training and how those discussions can make an impact on students. ·      (34:21) Working with the RA/PA, learning about the role, and getting the right information out. ·      (38:11) MARCA legislation and a special congratulations to the Anesthesiologist Assistant. ·      (40:22) Discussions as we come closer to wrapping things up ·      (40:35) Closing    We want thank Mrs. Eckenrod and Ms. Shaffer for coming on with us and sharing on the value Clinical Instructors have in the industry.  Students are the future of our profession and the clinical skills that technologist have to offer brings value to future generations.  We were honored to have these conversations.
RA: w/wo State Licensure
Oct 31 2023
RA: w/wo State Licensure
This week’s guest hosts are Terrence Licciardi  (RA) and Elizabeth Eslich (RA) who come on to share in conversation with us about how we practice in state with/without licensure of the Radiologist Assistant (RA). Please check out our website at www.collaborationra.com for any of the information regarding how RA’s practice.   Timeline: ·      (00:37) Intro ·      (02:00) Opening discussing about the episode and the coming together of the RRA and RPA in state-by-state legislation. ·      (04:09) Defining what certification, licensure, and Physician Delegation Act are and what purpose each of them serves. ·      (05:57) Advice on where to find the best and accurate information when looking for licensure information. ·      (07:09) The importance role of credentialing and Physician Delegation Act in states with/without licensure. ·      (10:20) Why states resist licensure and the cost/resources of forming a state board. ·      (13:23) Different ways that state licensure/recognition can happen and how the RA does practice when there is no licensure. ·      (17:07) The huge piece, credentialing and how that works. ·      (21:03) How state licensure can affect the future of the profession and MARCA legislation. ·      (26:21) Closing remarks   A special thanks to Mr. Licciardi and Mrs. Eslich for coming on with us to share an open conversation with us. We hope this helps gain some clarity on how we do, what we are able to do!
Equity Earned (ASRT Part 2)
Oct 17 2023
Equity Earned (ASRT Part 2)
Part 2 of the continued ASRT discussion!! We sent an open invitation to the ASRT to hear about some of what's happening behind the scenes of the imaging profession.  We were thrilled to share the open mic with ASRT CEO, Melissa Pergola (ED.D., RT (R) (M), FASRT), and ASRT President, Brandon Smith (M.B.A., M.S.R.S, RT (R) (VI), CIIP).  Listen in and join us in a discussion on gaining perspective about the value of membership and what engaging the profession can do.  You are going to get an inside a look at some of the upcoming things happening in the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy profession.    Timeline (Part1): ·      (00:37) Picking up where we left off!   ·      (01:46) Discussion about “initial observations” and the responsibilities of a technologist to understand what’s on the images that we obtain. ·      (03:18) Championing the people and the processes while recognizing that it is not a threat to others expertise.   ·      (05:28) A discussion on legislation and encroachment from other specialties while the ASRT/Technologist has never attempted to encroach on other medical professionals. ·      (12:38) Radiology is taking on social media to gain awareness and perspective of who we are as professionals and the work we do on a regular basis. ·      (14:47) Taking the time to thank those in the process while also recognizing that our roles are of value. ·      (20:39) ASRT’s PR campaign and what that is going to look like when it is released. ·      (23:16) Celebrating a profession that is over 103 yrs old and the equity that we have earned as imaging professionals.  How we can move forward to be “seen”. ·      (31:31) The juggle of working on a professional society and being a “person” and working on a board that has a goal of being more approachable to Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy professionals. ·      (36:01) Working in state societies and recognizing the boots on the ground efforts that are made.  Speaking on how those experiences can better enable you at a national level. We spend some times sharing on vacant spots or chairs that are being filled by the same person term after term. ·      (39:13) Being active in a society doesn’t always mean sitting on the board, volunteering is a great opportunity to be involved. ·      (42:26) Ways to get involved in your profession. The ASRT encourages others to reach out directly with the board to find ways to help keep the profession moving forward. ·      (44:48) As we near closing out the episode we openly discuss the work that it takes to keep societies and recognition of the profession on the forefront of the work that is being done. ·      (46:39) Closing statements.  A huge thank you for the ASRT, Melissa Pergola, and Brandon Smith for helping make this episode to happen!  We hope it was able to give listeners a front row seat to learning some of the things our national society is working towards, respecting the value we have always had, and learning how we are pushing the bar to recognition of our value.
Raising Visibility (ASRT Part 1)
Oct 11 2023
Raising Visibility (ASRT Part 1)
Engage in this 2-part series!  We sent an open invitation to the ASRT to hear about some of what's happening behind the scenes of the imaging profession.  We were thrilled to share the open mic with ASRT CEO, Melissa Pergola (ED.D., RT (R) (M), FASRT), and ASRT President, Brandon Smith (M.B.A., M.S.R.S, RT (R) (VI), CIIP).  Listen in and join us in a discussion on gaining perspective about the value of membership and what engaging the profession can do.  You are going to get an inside a look at some of the upcoming things happen in the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy profession.    Timeline (Part1):   ·      (00:37) introductions. ·      (04:05) Congratulations to Melissa Pergola and Brandon Smith for being sworn in and recognized in their new positions with the ASRT! ·      (04:37) A personal look into what the day to day is like as CEO of the ASRT. ·      (07:05) Budling the relationship between Radiologist and Technologist. ·      (09:46) Learning more on the role of the President’s role on the ASRT and the indicatives that are being set forth and a first-hand look into how we are going to achieve recognition and visibility of the profession. ·      (19:26) It’s not a “me thing” it’s a we thing” and fulfilling a promise. ·      (20:19) Recognizing and honoring the past to be able to build for the future and pushing the bar. ·      (22:25) Being aware of state by state legislation, being tapped in, elevating/progressing the profession and seeing beyond the CEUs. ·      (26:38) Sustaining a society through COVID and being a contributor to the future of the profession. ·      (31:18) ASRT’s avenues and programs to teach on advocacy and engaging in the profession. ·      (33:08) Learning about those behind the scenes working in the ASRT; their contributions and value that they bring to the profession. ·      (35:59) How politics plays a huge role in your career and putting yourself in the middle of the work that is being done. ·      (39:35) Finding value in not only the work you do, but the value in the work others are doing to care for our patients and loved ones. ·      (40:46) The purpose and work from the ASRT and recognizing the work they are doing to uphold the investment of membership. ·      (43:14) Finding value and passion in the work that we do and leaving the profession better than we found it. ·      (46:26) Exit…To be continued   A huge thank you for the ASRT, Melissa Pergola, and Brandon Smith for helping make this episode to happen!  We hope it was able to give listeners a front row seat to learning some of the things our national society is working towards, respecting the value we have always had, and learning how we are pushing the bar to recognition of our value.
AI is Our Friend
Oct 3 2023
AI is Our Friend
On this week’s episode Hosts Marcelene Forbus (RT, RPA) and Reece Burgoon (RT, RRA) invited an AI based company to come on and share how this technology is advancing the MRI space!  Our featured guest host, Gil Shetrit, takes time to share about Medic Vision Imaging Solutions and how this integration enhances image quality and improves the overall experiences of patients, technologists, and physicians.   A special thanks to Rotem Koren for sharing with us about this unique company and helping pull everything together to make this episode a success!    Timeline: ·      (00:37) Intro ·      (00:37) Meeting Gil Shetrit ·      (01:55) Introduction into Medic Vision, enhancing image quality, improved workflow, improved scan time, and improved patient experiences. ·      (03:37) Opening up to embracing AI and global trends. ·      (05:23) Personal experiences during MRI scan and how AI can shorten time in the bore, enhance image quality, and improve efficiency. ·      (07:33) Educating and seeing professional processes in play can demonstrate the positive impacts it can have in a department. ·      (09:33) Positive impacts while keeping image quality first! ·      (11:13) How the Medic Vision software works from a technologist standpoint. ·      (13:01) Integration of AI software on single/multiple scanners and different model types. ·      (15:06) How this software is global, FDA approved, and ways the post processing can be completed. ·      (17:04) How AI is our friend ·      (20:38) Decreased scan times offer the ability to perform exams without sedation in some instances, possibly decreasing additional risks. ·      (22:03) Evidence and support in the process utilizing AI. ·      (25:25) Implementation of technology with seamless integration among technologist and radiologist. ·      (30:09) Seeing is believing with advancements in people and processes. ·      (33:11) Closing discussions and future conferences for networking with Medic Vision. ·      (35:21) Closing We truly want to thank Medic Vision for taking the time to visit with us and educate us on how AI is being used in the MRI space.  It was truly our honor to have made these connections that turned into a great podcast episode!   To learn more, be sure to check out their webpage at https://www.medicvision.com
Sticking Together
Sep 19 2023
Sticking Together
On this episode we are joined with Ryan Rosario (RT, CT, MR) who you may know by his handle “Radiographerryan”.  He joins us to share on how he has been tapping into social media to better educate on the role of Medical Imagers and the value we bring to medicine and patient care.   Below the timeline is a link to the RA role and practice standards set forth by the ASRT   Timeline: ·      (0:37) Intro ·      (1:39) Tapping into social media to share on our roles as Medical Imagers. ·      (6:48) Ryan’s start as a technologist and what he aspires to see in the future. ·      (8:00) Advice for others considering tapping into social media to share about our profession. ·      (12:11) Unity and forming bonds to continue in the strength of our profession. ·      (15:22) Encroachment in other states and understanding the importance of that voice. ·      (16:37) The Radiologist Assistant (RA) and understanding of RA/RT initial observations. ·      (19:37) The RA programs, preceptorship, completing education, and credentialing. ·      (22:39) Others in Medical Imaging understanding that elevating others and education offers many benefits. ·      (25:49) Sharing recent thoughts on programs offering management shadowing to RT students. ·      (27:47) Going through CT to cross train into MRI and the benefits. ·      (29:58) Discussion on interest into the RA pathway and how management type skillsets assist in the RA roles. ·      (34:40) Ryan’s personal thoughts on the podcast and what it was like to be a guest with us. ·      (35:03) Closing remarks. Pages 23-31: RA and initial observations guidelines: https://www.asrt.org/docs/default-source/practice-standards/ps_raa.pdf?sfvrsn=1ae076d0_22
RA Roundtable 2: Survey and Education
Sep 12 2023
RA Roundtable 2: Survey and Education
A group of RA's comes together to share on debunking the myths that surround the profession and share on the growth within the profession. Together we hit some of the harder topics surrounding salary, the current job market, how we practice in states without RA licensure, and how we can better educate on our profession. Marcelene Forbus and Reece Burgoon were joined by some of our fellow RA's ( Wesley Shay, David Hardwick, Elisabeth Eslich, Derek Medeiros, Joseph Ferreri, and Heather Berge) to help gain different perspectives in these discussions. Timeline: (0:37) Intro(4:07) State recognition and discussion over states without RA licensure.(11:09) RA 2018 and 2023 salary survey through the SRPE.(14:32) Current job market and turn over of RA positions that are going unfilled.(19:42) Understanding that various types of midlevels can work well together in the different roles.(21:53) Finding the solution to educating properly on the RA at the RT educational programs.(29:20) RT offers advanced pathways similar to other healthcare professionals.(32:05) Doing your own research and using caution when seeking information out from others or the internet.(36:29) Educating on how professionals societies work towards better recognition.(39:30) Rise in applicants to RA programs and are there enough programs to filled the job market demand.(42:43) Attending RA specific conferences to better learn about the profession and gain perspective.(46:04) closing remarks. Information below explains salary survey and practice standards from the SRPE, ASRT, and ARRT and is all current to date: https://www.srpeweb.org/about-us/order-compensation-surevey.htmlhttps://www.asrt.org/docs/default-source/practice-standards/ps_raa.pdf?sfvrsn=1ae076d0_22https://www.arrt.org/pages/earn-arrt-credentials/credential-options/registered-radiologist-assistant