I am a member of the SDMS (cost: $120), AIUM (cost: $130), subscribe to
the AJR (cost: $210) and Radiology/Radiographics (cost: $280), and formerly
subscribed to the JVS ( cost: $190) . I also am a member of the SVT (cost:
$100). I also have online access to the full-text NEJM and JAMA. I
probably spend 10-12 hours per month reading journals, and doing CME tests.
Most of my CME's come from the AIUM's Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine,
and the SDMS's Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I take
approximately 50% of the JVT-CME exams offered over the course of a year.
The only reason I belong to the SVT is a small cash surplus and a
curmudgeonly feeling that I should belong to the professional society of
the field in which I earn my living. (that is 100% clinical US, divided
between 60% OB/GYN & Abdominal Imaging and 40% Vascular Imaging.) I work as
an Agency temp, and approximately 40% of my contracts are in dedicated
The Journal of Vascular Technology is one of the least readable and least
useful professional publications to which I subscribe. Very few of the JVT
articles I read are worth saving. In the course of a decade there have
been less than a half- dozen articles which I have felt worth sharing with
co-workers. Any text or web search provides more useful material than the
average JVT issue on a given topic. The slowness of the SVT to put its
publication on the Web with a full archival search feature further limits
its utility. There is much more useful information on FlowNet and in its
great archive/search feature than an entire shelf of aging JVT's.
The person who gave me my earliest training in Vascular Technology (back
in 1990 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital & you know who you are R.M. !)
remarked that she " belonged to the SVT out of principle, although the
Journal wasn't very good") . More than a decade has passed, but
unfortunately, that is the same comment I make to other vascular techs and
Membership in a professional society should have a tangible worth. A decent
professional publication is one of them. The legislative work that the SVT
does is worth supporting by membership. The JVT however is an arid waste of
resources… in time, trees, and postage. It isn't much as a marketing tool
to prospective SVT members. It isn't particulary useful either on the job,
or as a review of current knowledge. A post on FLOWNET is "faster/quicker"
and usually better written,and free.
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