Shelby Liggett is a rising senior majoring in Radiologic Science at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., and currently holds the Community Service Chair position for her Society chapter. As a result of being awarded the Student Leadership Program Grant, the Society was able to send Shelby to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Conference in New Mexico this year.
The mission of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care. The ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference offers dozens of credit courses focused on treatment innovations, trends and workplace issues specifically for radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists who care for patients with cancer and other diseases. This event is held in conjunction with the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators meetings and includes complimentary access to the ASTRO Exhibit Hall. The ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference offers an exclusive opportunity to learn from highly trusted sources and network with oncology professionals from around the world.
My ASRT Experience
By: Shelby Liggett
I enjoyed my experience and learned a lot from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., which was held June 25-28. The events took place at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, and the ASRT Office. Medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students from all parts of the country were in attendance. In addition to the many classes and seminars that I attended, I was honored to attend the grand opening of the new ASRT Museum and Archives in Albuquerque, and witness the ribbon cutting ceremony. The museum displayed historical radiological items from 1895 to the present. Some of the exhibits included the original protective shielding used by technologists, antiquated x-ray tubes, equipment, textbooks, and the display of artistic creations utilizing radiographic images, in addition to interactive radiology games. While there, we were given a commemorative mug and entertainment by a local band.
1920, 1940 X-Ray film cassettes Induction Coil from Roentgen’s Laboratory
The classes I attended covered a variety of topics. One of my favorite classes was called “Cultural Humility in Healthcare: Patients as Experts in Their Care.” A chart called the “Four Layers of Diversity” was used to explain how a combination of four layers (life experience factors) is involved in making up each individual. Consequently, individuals cannot be stereotyped by superficial appearances, or by only knowing the components of one or two “layers” of that individual. “Clinical Mentoring” was another interesting class that emphasized how important it is to be aware of the students, employees, patients, and others that may be observing your actions and hearing your words. It is important to try to be a good example in all you do. It was also very interesting to learn the details of the various governing procedures utilized by ASRT in several of the seminars. In these seminars, I learned about the composition and function of the chapters, committees, House of Delegates, and board of directors. I also learned the procedures for making and changing (amending) by-laws, elections, and motions, plus ways to recruit, retain, and involve members of a society. I also found that it is very tedious, but necessary, to make even small changes to the wording in a by-law.
An unexpected addition to my trip was a Kindle Fire tablet that I won in a drawing from one of the vendors in attendance. The vendors had presentations and tables set up at the conference, and they came from a variety of service areas such as medical imaging equipment, schools, insurance, and various other local and national businesses. I want to thank The National Society of Leadership and Success for giving me the opportunity to attend this seminar. It provided me with additional skills, knowledge, and professional connections that I will utilize as an officer in my university's chapter of NSLS, my current clinical rotations, and in my future career pursuits.