Letter from the President

Brandon A. Smith, President 2018 – 2019

Post Entry: November 5, 2018

Happy Radiologic Technologists Week 2018!

As radiologic and medical imaging professionals, we have continued to demonstrate progress since the discovery of x-rays, November 8, 1895. We have dedicated our careers to patient quality, radiation safety, and the advancement of imaging sciences. Our roles have evolved to a more centric position in the patient care plan through imaging guidance for diagnosis, treatment, and intervention. The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc. is focused on professionalism, education, and advocacy to further our achievements in professionalism.

Acknowledge your worth! Be proud of your commitment to investing in the quality of patients, families, and communities. We are key contributors of any care plan, service line, organization, and the overall healthcare sector. This week is a reminder of our oath to be accountable for the pathway we have chosen, founded on public service.

As we celebrate this week, I encourage each professional to be mindful of three (3) tenets: professionalism, education, and advocacy. Demonstrate your professionalism by establishing your worth through collaboration, competency, and initiative in your role. Reiterate your exceptional ability to achieve integrated solutions, function in any role on an interdisciplinary team, and create value as shareholders of healthcare. Educate your patients, colleagues, and leadership, through action, of the critical knowledge possessed endorsing you as a specialist of your field. Promote lifelong learning in your profession to create a proactive culture of healthcare advancement. Above all be an advocate. Exemplify your worth. Redefine the meaning of being “just the Tech.” Understand being “just the Tech,” has the potential to mean so much more than it has in the past, but the definition is ours to author. I am proud to be a Registered Technologist, a medical imaging professional, and an advocate for the 25.5K imaging professionals of Texas. Be Invested! Be an Advocate! Be RAD!

 

RAD Regards,

Brandon A. Smith, President

Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc.

 

Happy RAD Week to Our Students 2018!

Student technologists, registered or in-training, represent an important aspect of our field’s advancement. The influences and direction you all decide to travel in will advance and redefine the profession. You are the champions of progression. Whether it is an Associate of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Science, Advanced Certificate, or Graduate Degree, you have made the decision to be qualified. The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc. encourages each student to exemplify high standards of professionalism, education, and advocacy.

The professional you aspire to be begins before you are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or any other credentialing agency. It started when you made the choice to make a difference. Understand you have chosen a career in contrast to being drafted into a job. Venturing into a career is an invested founded on accountability, engagement, and conviction.

As we celebrate this week, I challenge each student to be mindful of three (3) principles: professionalism, education, and advocacy. Demonstrate your professionalism by exercising initiative in the classroom, exceptional rapport with your patients, and high academic achievements beyond just points or grades. Exhibit your growth into a quality technologist setting an example for both your peers and preceptors. Promote an atmosphere of learning by encouraging peers, asking meaningful questions, and always giving a meaning attempt at any task before you. Make a vow to lifelong learning; acknowledging the importance of always being a student to professional competency. Above all be an advocate. Be a part of a professional community or organization representing your professional interests. Redefine the meaning of being “just the Tech.” The definition is yours to author and safeguard. I am proud to be a Registered Technologist, a medical imaging professional, and an advocate for the 25.5K imaging professionals of Texas. Be Invested! Be an Advocate! Be RAD!

 

RAD Regards,

Brandon A. Smith, President

Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc.

Post Entry: July 10, 2018

ATTN:            Medical Imaging Professionals

Radiation Therapists

State of Texas

 

Professional Advocacy in Texas

            The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc. (TSRT) and the Board of Directors are aware of the professional encroachment issues within our state. The minimal education requirements allowing midlevel providers (e.g. Physician Assistants) and nurses to perform radiologic procedures have been an ongoing debate for some time. Recently, Board Members Brandon A. Smith, and Kyle Green traveled to Austin, Texas (March 30, 2018) for the PA Board Meeting to represent the 25,000 medical imaging professionals of Texas. The TSRT will be present Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Texas Medical Board Meeting to represent our voice again.

The TSRT will never stop fighting for our position and value in the state of Texas. Professional advocacy is a shared responsibility. Often times, the number of medical imaging advocates actively engaged is insignificant compared to the actual imaging population. In 2018, Texas became the most populated state of medical imaging professionals. We have the potential to demonstrate major influence. This is not a call to join our professional society, but more importantly to be informed and join the fight. We send out communications regularly but currently have a limited number of contacts approximately 1,200 out of 25,000.

We will be launching a new website in upcoming weeks and will be sure to provide updated information. Texas has been working hard to make our presence known. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has provided invaluable support, but we need the support of Texas professionals. Re-evaluate your reasons for not being involved. If you are not compelled to be an advocate for the profession, at least be committed to advocate for your career personally. Know we are here, but we need your help. Be RAD! Be Involved! Be Effective!

If you would like to contact the TSRT, please email us at tsrtinc@outlook.com and visit the website: (current: www.tsrt.info ; upcoming: www.tXsrt.org).

 

RAD Regards,

 

 

 

Brandon A. Smith, President

Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc.

 

Post Entry: June 25, 2018

 

This is my first official message to the imaging professionals of Texas, humbling to say the least. It is an honor to serve as the President of the most populated state of registered, medical imaging professionals, but I will it admit it is an eye opening realization. I continue to mature in my understanding of the high level of accountability and the charge I have embarked upon. The interest and safeguard of the Texas healthcare communities has officially become a priority beyond the considerations of my career as an individual.

The tasks upon my office will require continuity, communication, and, above all, objectivity. I am happy to work for the professionals of Texas regardless of the challenges and obstacles ahead, both internal and external. I believe in our value as medical imaging professionals despite the poor appraisals often imposed from other disciplines, even from within our own discipline. It is our mission not to conflict but to collaborate, to advocate without the intent of being an adversary, and to foster a community not a war. We reside in a legislative active state with continuous motion; we must be prepared and ready to advocate for our roles, our licensure, and our patients.

I ask of the imaging professionals of Texas simple considerations: 1) Please allow the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc. the opportunity to exceed your expectations based on our operations and merits despite any positive or negative past experience you may harbor. 2) Promote advocacy over membership. While we would love for all 25.5K professionals of Texas to be members, we understand this will be a continuous relationship of trust and value not built in a day. However, membership status should never dictate the importance of advocacy, information, and being invested in your profession. 3) Be RAD! You have chosen to dedicate your life to patient care as an imaging professional; let’s optimize that decision!

I look forward to working with each one of you. I hope we can influence the growth and progression of the Society to benefit the individuals who will choose this pathway long after we have gone. Hold me accountable to the duties of my office, but also hold each other accountable as professionals. Be Invested! Be an Advocate! Be RAD!

RAD Regards,

Brandon A. Smith, President

Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Inc.