Dr. Schneider your comments are well said. I believe the ARDMS has put together a very easy and virtually no cost process (if you pass on the first time). Probably the best way to insure continued competency would be to directly supervise people scanning but obviously that is not a practical option. Even though it is open book, you will learn or at least refresh your memory if you must get help for an answer from a textbook. The fact that the exam is only once every 10 years means that some of us may only need to take it once and even younger techs may only have to take it 3 times. I don’t see the big deal. I wish every test that I had taken was open book, in the comfort of my own home and free!
Medical professionals face recertification examinations. As Dr. Schneider say, it is here to stay.
Bottom line, be proud of your accomplishments and skills. Demonstrate this by maintaining your individual credential. Patients do like it when you tell them you are credentialed. Of course, insurance companies, etc., may require things but I believe it honestly comes down to you as an individual. Being credentialed should be your own internal affirmation about what you are doing.
Ann Marie Kupinski
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:55 PM
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Subject: Re: recertification & CME's
Just for a little perspective, diplomates of the American Board of Surgery have had to recertify every 10 years beginning I think in 1975, until recently we vascular surgeons had to recertify in general surgery as well as vascular surgery, and now we have MOC (maintenance of certification) requiring a fair amount of stuff that has to be done every THIRD year in adition to taking a secure test every 10 years, something now required I think of every specialty in the US. No one has ever been able to show that inital certification, let alone recertification improves outcomes, but the concept has face validity and it would be difficult to test. It certainly implies some level of commitment on the part of the owner. I would respectfully suggest that it's here to stay and it would be best to stop fighting it and get on top of it to distinguish yourself from the competition. When the steamroller comes through, if you're not on the steamroller you'll be part of the road.
The fees are an issue and I agree that the ARDMS Board is the place to address that. There are many astute professionals contriubiting to this list and I think you should get on the ARDMS Board!