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President’s Message

As I sit down to write this message to you, I realize this term is halfway over.  It has been my privilege to serve as your President and I am so excited about what the LSRT has done and the work they are continuing to do for you, our members.  Rest assured you have some very hard working elected and appointed members of this board who have your best interest at the forefront.  Our Legislative Affairs Committee has been working with the LSRTBE to stay current on any changes that may affect our profession, the Radiation Task Force has launched its “Agents of SHIELD Campaign”, the Membership Task Force is developing some sought-after member benefit ideas, and the list goes on.  I am so proud to serve with such a dedicated group of individuals!

     In February we held our one-day Midwinter Meeting in Alexandria, on the campus of LSUA, where members networked with each other, technologists received 6.25 CEs and students gathered for registry reviews, critical thinking exercises while discussing: studying tips, current trends in our profession, and service learning.  I was very excited to share the “Agents of SHIELD” campaign with all our members in attendance and distribute our ink pens and buttons to everyone.  If you were not able to attend please look for board members and LSRT members to be coming around to your facilities to help launch this initiative with all technologists. 

     The campaign theme “Agents of SHIELD” signifies that we are the patient’s first line of defense to protect them from unnecessary radiation exposure.  As registered technologists striving to be the Gold Standard, these buttons and pens are a visual reminder to ourselves and other technologists, as well as an informational tool we can use to educate our patients, on the many ways we accomplish Radiation Safety.  I encourage each of you to wear your buttons consistently and help educate the public on how knowledgeable we are!  In the next couple of weeks, I will be traveling to some of the areas in the state that were not represented at Midwinter to help distribute these ink pens and buttons to technologists. 

     I am currently working with the local planning committee in Baton Rouge on the LSRT 61st Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel on July 12th-14th.  We are securing some great speakers and don’t want you to miss out on plenty of CEs and a wonderful time interacting with other technologists and students throughout the state.  Our profession’s Gold Standard initiative will be spilling into the theme for this upcoming Annual Meeting, you will not want to miss it!

     Annual membership renewal will be approaching us soon and I challenge you to think about investing in our future generation of technologists.  Joe Schwartz was a true professional in every aspect of the word, The Joe Schwartz Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at Annual Meeting and I encourage you to make any small donation you can to help these future professionals become the Gold Standard Technologists we want taking care of us one day!

     Also, please don’t forget to nominate a Louisiana facility for the Facility Recognition Program to help display who some of our state’s Gold Standard Technologists are!

Remember, we are Radiologic TechKNOWLEDGEists, let’s spread the Knowledge…

 Your LSRT President 2017-2018,

Carmen George, MSRS, ARRT R.T. (R)