Article by Leslye Smith
Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to represent the state of Illinois as a member of the ASRT House of Delegates. As a registered radiologic technologist since 1978, I have seen many, many changes take place within the medical imaging field; the advancement of Sonography, CT, MRI, PET, and SPECT. All of which were in their infancy when I started in radiography.
After graduating from Oakton Community College with a Radiologic Technology degree in Applied Science, I enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School (now called Rosalind Franklin University), graduating in 1980. This degree enabled me to begin my teaching and administrative career in radiologic technology. After taking a year off from school, I enrolled in Northwestern University’s master’s degree program in educational administration. I graduated in 1985, took another year off, and then pursued a second master’s degree. Continuing to be the perpetual student, I enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University to attain a master’s degree in History. As you can deduce, continuing education has been extremely important to me.
I constantly remind my students, that upon graduation, the medical imaging field has so many opportunities for them. Please take a chance and expand your horizons. After all these years, this field has been very good to me. I was employed as a clinical instructor for eight years; assistant chief technologist for 4 years; and adjunct radiologic technology instructor for 10 years and history for 19 years. I have been employed by Harper College since 1998, but in 2004, I became a fulltime instructor with the position of the Radiologic Technology Program Coordinator. Presently, I hold the title of Associate Professor.
I have been a member of the ASRT and ISSRT since 1978, but not consecutively. I took off a few years to raise my children. I formerly held the position of ISSRT District 9 Vice President and President, ISSRT Northern Area Advisor, Co-Chair of the Annual ISSRT Conference in 2014, and presently, I am one of the ISSRT members to serve the ASRT House of Delegates. According to the ASRT, “The House of Delegates is the legislative body of the ASRT and establishes professional standards of practice” for our wonderful profession. The House of Delegates meets annually in June to “discuss bylaws, position statements and practice standards.” This year the meeting is in Las Vegas, which I am scheduled to attend.
Membership in both the ISSRT and ASRT emphasizes the importance this profession places on patient and radiation safety through continuing education, advocacy, and innovation. These organizations help to ensure each member is provided with legislative information both at the state and national levels, opportunities for continuing education, and many other important functions. Please support these organizations by renewing your membership annually, attending ISSRT and ASRT meetings, and continue your education in MRI, Mammography, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Bone Density, Interventional Radiography, Education, or Administration.
It has always been an honor and privilege for me to be an active member in these fine professional organizations.