Following My Boss’s Advice

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David PartridgeBy Dave S. Partridge, CRA 

My first AHRA Annual Meeting was in Boston in 2004. My boss thought I should join AHRA and go to their annual meeting. He said it was a great way for a new leader to learn and network. For me, it sounded like a great excuse for my wife and me to go to Boston. I am very glad that he was right.

I met the friendliest group of people with so many of the same problems I was struggling with at work. Instead of going to Cheers just to see the bar, I had a beer with a new friend I met while picking up my registration packet and found out how I could get through to a nuclear medicine employee that was making my job more challenging. Instead of just enjoying a relaxing round of golf at a course I had never played during the Sunday morning tournament, I learned a new way to track employee productivity. Two great lessons and I hadn’t even been to a session yet!

The variety of educational sessions was amazing. The help in improving so many things I was doing as a brand new leader was invaluable. Since then I have been amazed at how many times I have had a question or issue and I’ve known immediately who will have the answer for me: it is someone I have met in AHRA.

I may have gone the first time for the trip and to follow my boss’s advice, but I return because of the people and value of the learning. By the way, we went on a duck boat tour, saw Shakespeare in the Park, walked by Fenway Park, enjoyed a party at the Boston Aquarium, and went to Cheers so I think I was right about it being a nice getaway for my wife and I too.

See you in Washington!

What was the first Annual Meeting you ever attended? Send your story to Kerri Hart-Morris (, and it could be published here too!

Dave S. Partridge, CRA is the director of imaging at OhioHealth Neighborhood Care in Columbus, OH. He can be reached at

One comment

  1. Opportunities present themselves in so many ways. The key, as I have learned, is opening your mind to them. AHRA is incredibly helpful and valuable. Great story!

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