The Best Decision for Everyone

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By Ron Barak, CRA

May 2011–It was in early December that I got the call from Luis Marquez, CRA that I had been elected by my peers onto the Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC). This was wonderful news; my peers had elected me to represent them! I called my wife and my boss, gave them the good news, and then got a chance to sit down and think. My first thought was, “Now what? What can I do? How can I make an impact?” I am grateful that my peers think enough of me to believe I will represent them well on this commission; now I have to show they made the right choice.

Throughout the nomination process, I was asked to write and then speak about what I would do to help disseminate information about the CRA credential. How would I impact the marketplace knowledge of this credential and help to educate non-radiology people—primarily in HR and administration—about its importance. Over the next few days, as I started thinking about the role of the RACC, I realized how large this task could be. All my thinking was centered on me: what can I do, how can I impact the credential.  Over the next few days, I realized that this was not about me—it was about the credential, the organization, and the team.

My first RACC conference call was about a week later. It was a great way to hit the ground running and be prepared for 2011. Early in the year, the commission discussed and agreed upon placing an ad in a recent issue of ASRT’s Scanner.  This ad was designed to attract more managers to the credential and to help promote knowledge. We have already begun to see direct results of this ad placement.

The RACC is working hard to present the CRA as the radiology administration credential. It is intended to show that we, as radiology administrators, have strong business knowledge, high standards, and ethics. What I have learned over my first three months on the commission is that I will not have to make the impact by myself. I am part of a cohesive team that works together to make an impact in the medical field.  We are directly affecting patient care by ensuring that the managers who run our imaging departments are competent, well trained, and knowledgeable.

Ron Barak, CRA is senior director of radiology at Mercy Hospital in Deerfield Beach, FL. He is a commissioner on the Radiology Administration Certification Commission (RACC) and can be reached at

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