Bill Johnson, Port Townsend, WA
I know the word “tech” is much maligned, or at least not credited.
And the issue of “technician” vs “technologist” never caught traction,
in spite of years of discussion on the SNIVT/SVT/SVU Boards. I admit
I am proud to be a lowly “tech” and the service I have provided our
patients. But, regardless, I agree with Terry. While the issue of
compensation is important, I think the issue of recognition is also
So, Terry, what do you propose we do? I would sign your petition, but
then no one might take notice since I am only a “Registered Vascular
Technologist.” Catch 22?
On 10/7/12, Jim Mosley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Just so everyone is informed, what would you recommend as the best way to
> pursue this through the ARDMS?
> Excellent idea, by the way. I'm all for advancing our profession.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 7, 2012, at 1:54 PM, Terry DuBose <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Several years (after the meeting in New Orleans) ago the SVT, now SVU
>> petitioned the ARDMS to change the vascular credential from RVT to RDVS
>> it would be in line with echocardiographer and get rid of the "T" word.
>> However, there were two vascular surgeons on the ARDMS Executive
>> that killed the petition.
>> Those guys are gone from the ARDMS and it seems time for the vascular
>> community to raise this issue again. If you look at the pay for RDMS
>> RVT in the USA Dept. of Labor's OCCUPATION OUTLOOK HANDBOOK (OOH) you
>> see that DMS are listed with a median pay of $64,380 per year, while the
>> median pay of $49,410 per year. I believe the primary cause of this
>> discrepancy is the designation of "vascular technologists."
>> If you agree, please raise this issue with the new ARDMS Executive
>> Chair, Kevin Evans, and the ARDMS CEO, Dale Cyr.
>> Good luck, Terry
>> [log in to unmask]
>> Terry J. DuBose, MS, RDMS
>> Associate Professor Emeritus
>> Diagnostic Medical Sonography
>> University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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