Hello Missouri Radiologic technologist, technology students and all my other bros!!
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to each of you for the honor of serving as your President of the MoSRT. What an exciting time we are in! If you will indulge me a bit, I would like to talk about our upcoming year for Missouri Society of Radiologic Technology. I have several goals in mind for this upcoming year; I would like to mention a few here.
I would like to invite anyone who is interested in attending our board meetings. Have you ever wondered what the board does? Interested in checking out how your state affiliate is ran? If you have ever wondered about your organization, please feel free to join us for a meeting. When I first became curious about the affiliate, I began attending the board meetings. I want to continue this open door policy by inviting you to attend our meetings. Please check out the mosrt.org website or email any of the board members for additional information.
I will ask each of you to investigate how other technologists view our society. What motivates them to join? What motivates them to stay? What do we offer Missouri technologist? I feel we need to make sure we are where they need us. We need to step outside of our comfort zone and look at what we can do to appeal to someone who are not active in our society.
I would also like to reintroduce a student track into our annual conference. We have done this in the past and I feel it was very successful. When I look at the majority of participants in our annual affiliate conference, it is students! Let’s get them what they need during conference, a track for them.
Now my next passion! As many of you are aware, we are in a march toward state licensure in Missouri. Why is this important? Why do we want state licensure? When you were first considering your calling in life, what do you automatically think of? It is our patients. We need to ensure that each Missouri patient who needs medical imaging studies has someone there who has been educationally prepared and are clinically competent. We do this through education, make sure that someone who is utilizing ionizing radiation knows what they are doing. They need to have basic understanding of radiation safety, proper positioning, and quality technical factors when imaging.
In summary, I have a firm belief that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it”. We have wonderful leadership in our state affiliate. You people really know what you are doing! I love that at our national organization, the ASRT looks upon the Missouri affiliate as a very productive and active organization. My job will include representing this active, productive, and on-fire organization into the next year. What can I do to enhance this well oiled machine? I look forward to working with each of you; it is an honor to represent you.
Let me leave you with a wonderful quote by one of my favorite authors:
Sometimes me think “what is a friend?” and then me say, a friend is someone me will share last cookie with. Cookie Monster.
Let’s go get some cookies!! Thank you friends!!