Spring Conference: A Wealth of Knowledge and Expertise

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By Wanda Coker, BHS, CRA, RT

February 2010 — It is the time of year—a New Year—when we reflect on last year: what goals and objectives that we made or did not make, and focus on plans and goals for the year ahead.  In addition to personal goals and plans that you make, it is also a good time to make some goals for your career development—a new beginning or a new commitment to your profession. Are there training sessions or conferences available for you to develop these goals, turn weaknesses into strengths, and help you build skills to increase your motivation and communication techniques?  Are there certifications that would help you to advance in your career? I believe the answers to these questions can be found by attending the 2010 AHRA Spring Conference: “Embracing the Future in a Climate of Change.” 

I am really excited about the spring conference.  It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, CA from February 23-25. Planning for this conference actually started about a year ago. After many phone conferences and speaker interviews, the Design Team has done an excellent job in lining up some talented and expert speakers. The cost of this conference is only an investment with the wealth of knowledge and expertise that these presenters possess.

We start this year’s conference with the CRA exam workshop on February 23. This workshop helps to prepare for the CRA examination. Each domain area will be covered and will focus on areas to study, as well as provide references and other resources. The speakers are all experts in the field of radiology and are a great resource.

The Basic Management track will begin on Tuesday afternoon. This is a 2 ½ day track that is designed specifically for new and aspiring managers, directors, and/or supervisors. Sessions in this track discuss verbal communication and presentation skills, budgeting, interviewing, recruitment, and retention.  Also, in this track speakers will cover topics on project and business management and employee performance.

The Advanced Management track is titled “Embracing the Future in a Climate of Change.” This 2 day track will begin on Wednesday morning and offers educational sessions geared toward today’s changes in the field of medical imaging. We must keep abreast of these changes and how they will impact our business, human resources, staffing, and last but not least, reimbursement. One of the sessions in this track is called “The Only Constant in Coding is Change.” Not only have we seen many changes in coding and reimbursement, but the entire field of radiology has changed drastically over the last several years. For the first time, in conjunction with the Spring Conference, a day long seminar will be held on coding and reimbursement on Friday, February 26.

Thank you to the AHRA Leadership Institute and Siemens Medical Solutions for supporting the spring conference. Also, thanks to our exhibitors and contributing sponsors.  I also want to thank our Design Team members: Dana Allison, Gina Winters, Tony Henderson, Ed Morgan, and AHRA’s conference manager, Jennifer Leo. Their hard work and dedication to AHRA is to be commended. It has been my privilege to serve and work with them.  

I live in South Carolina and the weather has been cold, wet, and rainy! I am looking forward to being in sunny California. It will be just what the doctor ordered.  Also, it will be a great time to see old friends from AHRA, meet new friends, receive CE credits, and get motivated. What a great way to start the New Year!

The Design Team looks forward to seeing you in San Diego!

For more information and to register for the 2010 AHRA Spring Conference, click here

Wanda Coker, BHS, CRA, RT is the 2010 Spring Conference Design Team Chair.  Wanda serves as the radiology director for Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC.  She can be reached at WCoker@shrinenet.org.

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