Letter from the President

 

Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc. President

Jose E. Rodriguez, MHA, BSRS, RT(R)(CT)(QM), CRA, CHFP

Hello Texas Imaging and Radiotherapy Professionals!

I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude to each of you and the amazing work you do each and every day. I can only say “thank you.” It is amazing being able to serve all of you and share this journey with the TSRT. I am beyond humbled and honored to be part of this amazing society and again thank you for all for your support.

I want to recognize and thank our past board members and past volunteers for all the hard work they have done for each of us.  Additionally, I want to thank this year’s volunteers for dedicating their time and efforts to advancing our society and profession.  It is these individuals that ensure our concerted efforts have been and continue to be recognized in the medical community.

As this year’s elected as president of the TSRT, I want you each to know our focus is on our future as a profession throughout the state. I understand that many technologists and therapists do not feel there is true value in societal membership as there once was, but I wholeheartedly disagree.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with hundreds of technologists, therapists, and students. These are passionate, dedicated, hopeful, proud, pragmatic, imaginative, attentive, supportive, enthusiastic, and mission-focused individuals who make me proud to be an RT. Please know we are listening, and your thoughts, opinions, and ideas are being used to strengthen the TSRT.  Aside from earning CE credits, the TSRT offers a community of people who understand your journey and connection to those who fight for recognition of it.  We fight against encroachment as a state affiliate of the ASRT and push for recognition of the complex and demanding work you do.  We promote advanced education and support for our future professional leaders through scholarship and mentorship programs.  Above all, recognize the efforts you endure every single day.

Generally, medical imaging and radiotherapy are underappreciated and undervalued, but we at the TSRT know the truth.  Imaging and therapy professionals are crucial to today’s healthcare environment.  The core of our education has taught us to be adaptive and to essentially think outside the box to provide the highest quality outcomes. This is a trait that many of our medical colleagues do not possess.  The recent global pandemic has only proven this point.  Each of you have completely changed your operations to increase safety for yourselves, your peers, and your patients.  I absolutely commend your resolve.

Now it’s time to recognize each of you and our profession through a stronger presence and increased advocacy.  My focus with the TSRT this year is to provide value to each of you by improving representation and communication.  Developing strong partnerships in the imaging and therapy communities throughout the state will bolster our identity and reputation. We are currently developing and strengthening our partnerships with academic institutions, vendors, and hospital leaders to help meet the needs of the 25,000+ technologists and therapists in Texas.  I am confident we will find ways to not only meet the high expectations we have for ourselves but exceed those our communities and our state have for us.

May 2021 and 2022 bring restoration, revitalization, and growth to this amazing society so that we are able represent each of you the way you deserve!

Thank you for everything you do and thank you for your support!

Jose E. Rodriguez, MHA, BSRS, RT(R)(CT)(QM), CRA, CHFP

TSRT 2021-2022 President