As the fall semester comes to a close, all of us generally reflect back and say, “Where did the time go?”
“It’s almost the holiday season and a new year.” For whatever reason, time seems to move quickly in academia.
Since the 2015 AEIRS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, many of us have accepted new cohorts of students, developed a course syllabus, created a new class, and taught anywhere from one to four or more courses, all while hearing that the JRCERT will soon begin reviewing programmatic standards for revision and that the ARRT has asked us for our input on new certification examination content specifications. Let us not forget that the ASRT is establishing various committees to review curricula.
The AEIRS Board of Directors is working hard as well. Immediately following the last day of the San Antonio conference, the board met for over eight hours discussing the annual meeting events, reviewing 2016 speaker/presenter applications, and reviewing and discussing contracts for hotel accommodations and meeting space for 2016 in Portland, Oregon, and the 50th anniversary meeting in St. Louis in 2017. We spend a great deal of time reviewing speaker and meeting evaluations, vendor availability, the silent auction, fellow elevations, and the success of the breaks and business luncheons. We are committed to assuring that membership receives the best possible value for their dues and registration fees.
The Board continues to work within the five year strategic plan to promote and grow our organization. In March 2015, AEIRS had a five year high in membership. During my Presidential address in San Antonio, I encouraged all of us to return home and think about who might someday take our place as educators, as many of us look to the possibility of retirement. Again, I ask that each of us think about, not only the future of our profession, but also the future of the AEIRS organization. Encourage others to join AEIRS. Be an active part of a very exciting future in radiologic sciences and imaging education emphasizing how this will continue to improve the care of our patients.
Again I would like to take a moment and say how excited I am and to thank so many of our members who have agreed to serve on committees and other volunteer opportunities within the framework of the organization. I and the other Board members could not be more proud of our membership.
On final note, as we prepare for 2016 and the annual meeting in Portland, I would like to let the membership be secure in knowing one thing: as in life, we may never collectively agree on everything that happens within our organization, however; your elected AEIRS Board of Directors makes no decisions without exhaustive discussions on how the entire membership will be impacted. I am so proud to not only be a member of the AEIRS, but to serve as the 2015-2016 President.