I agree.  You should be able to demonstrate minimum competency for those
credentials you use to practice.  It is easy to grow stagnant over time
and it is an open book test for crying out loud!  I realize if you have
a boat load of credentials the burden will be greater for you.  But if
you are practicing all those credentials then you should be able to
demonstrate minimal competency in each. I WANT periodic minimum
competency requirements for those Sonographers and/or MD's who will be
performing exams on me or my loved ones.  Come on people.  Change is
scary but often good. Nothing to fear but fear itself.   


Bonnie Johnson RDMS, RVT, FSVU



From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ann
Marie Kupinski
Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:51 AM
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Subject: Re: recertification & CME's


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 



From: UVM Flownet [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Schneider, Joseph R.
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:55 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
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!



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