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By Chris Tomlinson, MBA, CRA, FAHRA

When we think about Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, it’s important to think about how fortunate we are as leaders and to reflect on those individuals who helped us along our journey. Too often we are focused on our next goal or accomplishment. Sometimes we need to reflect and thank our teams and those who mentored and helped us along the way. I received just such a “thank you” this week.

Fianka Major is a newly minted CRA. She passed the exam in November. Congrats Fianka!  Fianka visited my institution in 2016 as a recipient of the Partners in Learning Scholarship from the Bahamas (I still have the mug she presented to me that has a little spoon that sits on the handle).

Fianka sent me a note this week via AHRA Connect to thank me and my team for the experience and for motivating her to attain this credential. It means a lot to me to be able to help someone along their journey. At the end of the day (or the end of our careers), no one remembers if they hit their revenue target or labor productivity numbers; what is remembered is how each of us gave back and helped our colleagues along. How many people did we mentor?  How many leaders came out of our departments to become managers, directors or vice presidents at other institutions? That is our legacy. Please consider donating to the AHRA  Education Foundation (EF) on #GivingTuesday to help someone attain a scholarship to the annual meeting or benefit from one of the many other AHRA EF scholarship programs.

RSNA is upon us. Remember to thank our vendor partners. With their help, the AHRA EF also funds resources for our members such as Partners in Learning and Putting Patients First to name a few. For those of you attending RSNA, please stop by the AHRA booth, attend the AHRA cocktail Reception and visit the Associated Sciences Consortium which AHRA participates in sponsoring. RSNA is always a great resource for the latest in innovation and presentations.

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for the 2020 AHRA Spring Conference in San Diego; registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston is also open. Both Design Teams are hard at work creating great programs. I look forward to seeing you at both!

As always, please contact me with any feedback or thoughts you have on the direction of the AHRA.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Chris Tomlinson, MBA, CRA, FAHRA is the 2019-2020 president of the AHRA Board of Directors. He is Enterprise Vice President at Radiology at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, PA. He can be reached at

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