What Happens in Vegas Didn’t Stay in Vegas!
A Newly Elected Delegate Attends the ASRT AGHOD Meeting
As newly elected ASRT affiliate delegate from the ISSRT, I attended this year’s ASRT AGHOD meeting as a way of getting back into the swing of things. I have served the ISSRT in the past as a delegate, and spent several years on the ASRT board of directors as Vice Speaker and Speaker of the House, so I am not new to the process, but things change so quickly I knew I’d need to get up to speed and fast! So, off to Vegas…
This year’s meeting was held at the Tropicana Hotel in beautiful, hot Las Vegas. I attended the preconference day of continuing education, and chose the courses in the women’s imaging track. There were several different educational tracks offered, including CT, Management, General Interest and Student-specific topics as well. The speakers and topics were varied and enjoyable.
New this year was an app to help you navigate the meeting. You could keep track of your schedule, submit speaker/course evaluations and do some social networking as well. Prizes were given out for daily tweets. As someone who was used to carrying around a paper schedule, the electronic format was great!
The delegates certainly did their homework before the House of Delegates meeting, and were very prepared to discuss the issues brought forth. Bylaws changes, additions and corrections to Practice Standards and Position Statements were all discussed and explained. The electronic voting system put in place when I was Speaker of the House certainly continues to expedite the business of the House.
Life Members, Fellows and award winners were recognized during an evening ceremony. The ISSRT is proud to have Dr. Michael Grey as one of the newest ASRT Fellows, being elevated during this meeting. Congratulations Michael!!
The students involved in the student leadership development program were a diverse group, all with a passion for the profession. They were involved in all aspects of the meeting, starting with the affiliate pin exchange (Tennessee won the prize for most original pin-a jug of moonshine!) all the way through presenting courtesy resolutions to the House. They worked with mentoring delegates and I had the privilege of talking with a number of the students. I was able to explain the workings of the House, as well as criteria for Fellow and many other aspects of the meeting to these new attendees from California and Illinois.
Leslye Smith and Vince Staub attended as Illinois delegates this year, representing Illinois technologists and Linda Racki attended as one of two national Quality Management delegates. I am proud to say that Illinois was well represented and we should be very proud of the time and effort they put into their positions.
There are some things that happened in Vegas that will probably stay there, but certainly not the fine job our professional society is doing representing us!! See what all the to do is about, plan on attending the ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference in Boston, September 25-27, 2016 or make your way to Orlando next June for the 2017 ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting.
Cathie Kukec, R.T.(R)(M)(QM), FASRT