By Dana M. Allison, BS
February 2012—A new year has just begun and already it seems to be flying by! Spring is just around the corner, and that means it is time for the 2012 AHRA Spring Conference! This year we will be visiting the city of Seattle. If you have never been to Seattle, this is a wonderful opportunity to visit a great city and attend a fantastic conference. As always, this year’s conference brings many great learning opportunities. Once again, Siemens Medical Solutions and AHRA will proudly offer the Basic Track, a pre-conference CRA Exam Workshop, and an Advanced Track with some very dynamic and exciting course offerings!
The Basic Track is full of courses for anyone who is interested in breaking into the field of radiology leadership, those who have recently become a leader, or for anyone who needs to brush up on their management skills. I have had the opportunity to attend these sessions when the program first began and then again as a member of the design team and was amazed at the number of great takeaways I had each time I attended. Courses cover such important topics as asset management, budgeting, negotiations, project management, and writing skills to name a few. If you have people who aren’t in leadership positions yet, but you want to groom them for it, this is a great opportunity to give them the tools they need.
If you are considering taking the CRA exam, this is the year to do it! The workshop is an ideal way to prepare you. Take the plunge, join the workshop study, and take the exam this year. Become a CRA and join 852 other CRAs in the nation. Only 20% of AHRA members have achieved this status.
I am very excited about the Advanced Track this year. The design team has worked hard to develop a curriculum that will showcase some the best practices in the country. We had an overwhelming response to our call for presentations. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn the usual topics we cover such as coding and compliance, Medicare audits, LEAN improvement, and asset management, but this year we will also tackle some less common topics such as developing positive relationships with unions, near-miss reporting, molecular breast imaging, using green techniques for construction, and the imaging department as a learning community.
Seattle is a truly great city to visit. In addition to the wonderful offerings at the conference, take some time and do a little sightseeing. From its musical diversity to coffee wars, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss the Space Needle, Experience Music Project (EMP), or the International Fountain. There are dozens of museums to choose from, some great walking tours (I recommend the underground tour!), lots of great seafood and wine from local wineries, and of course you cannot miss the original Starbucks, located near Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmer’s market in the United States. Be sure to stop in and watch the fishmongers toss a few fish!
Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle!
As a reminder, the deadline for Spring Conference Osborn Scholarship applications is February 6. Receive free registration plus up to $1200 for hotel, meal, air, and other travel-related expenses!
Dana M. Allison, BS is the Account and Applications Manager at EOS Imaging in Cambridge, MA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.