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AHRA Invites Members to Music City

AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is a professional organization representing management at all levels of hospital imaging departments, freestanding imaging centers and group practices. Founded in 1973, AHRA’s 5,000 members reach across the country and around the world. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development programs including a comprehensive selection of educational conferences and seminars, networking opportunities, award winning publications and the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential.

AHRA, the Association for Medical Imaging Management, hosts its 49th annual Meeting and Exposition at the Music City Center on August 1-4 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

“This is your best opportunity to network with medical imaging professionals and leading industry exhibitors with amazing knowledge and expertise. Gain insight from informative, thought-provoking educational sessions on health care services, tools and trends that will impact your patients and facility for the better,” according to the event’s homepage.

AHRA President Jacqui Rose, MBA, CRA, FAHRA, RT(R), is excited about the opportunity to meet with peers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic put everything on hold for over a year.

“I am truly excited because we are planning an in-person meeting,” Rose said. “It has been so long since we have been together, and we are all looking forward to doing something non-virtually!”

She added that those who are not AHRA members should consider joining and attending the annual meeting in Nashville.

“This is an amazing family, once you become a member, you will find the greatest value and your home for imaging leadership,” Rose said. “AHRA is my solo go-to location for all the information I need to be successful and bring the best outcomes to my customers. If you’re unsure, just give it a try and I guarantee that you will be impressed.”

Attendees benefit from continuing education opportunities and an exhibit hall packed with companies offering a range of products and solutions that will make their jobs easier.

ARRT Category A Continuing Education (CE) credit will be available at the AHRA Annual Meeting and Exposition. CE credit for states with licensure for radiologic technologists will also be available. The number of credits per session will be listed in the onsite program book. AHRA will be using an electronic tracking system for CE credits at the meeting. The bar code on each individual’s badge will be scanned as individuals enter a session and as they leave the session. Attendees must get both scans to receive CE credit. Each night attendees will receive an e-mail listing the sessions they attended and the number of credits they received that day. This email will also include links to online session evaluations. Attendees are encouraged to complete the evaluations. After the conference, each attendee will receive an email with a complete attendance history and number of credits earned. More details about the CE tracking system will be provided in the onsite program book.

A CRA Exam Workshop is among the educational offerings in 2021. There is also an “Executive Leadership Workshop” presented by David J. Waldron, BSc, ACIB, CDipAF, chief executive officer, Traction Business Development LLC. A separate fee is required for the executive leadership workshop.

“The annual meeting achieves many of the goals we all share as imaging leaders. We have the opportunity to learn new information and best practices to optimize the outcomes for our customers,” Rose said. “There is an endless network of imaging knowledge leaders to meet and connect with to build your network and enhance your success.”

The 2021 meeting and exposition’s line-up includes three keynote addresses. Two motivational speakers will be on stage for the first two days of keynote speeches. The third and final keynote is “The Promise: Become a Legendary Leader and Discover Your Signature Moves” presented by Jason Hewlett.

“In 2021 our world is different, but foundational values remain the same: To deliver on our promises, to be accountable to expectations and exceed them, and to always give 100% in every interaction,” a description about the keynote states. “In Jason’s entertaining and educational presentation, utilizing the legends of stage for establishing what a promise looks like from a performance level, participants will be enlightened, energized and entertained in a keynote unlike any other. Music, comedy, stories and powerful insights will leave attendees talking about ‘The Promise’ in their own lives, business, and how everyone can up their game in 2021.”

Attendees will learn about confidence in skills and talents, team unity and the ICM process – Identify, Clarify, Magnify. They will also discover signature moves and personal branding.

The event offers exciting and productive opportunities for companies to showcase products and services to some of the most influential decision-makers in medical imaging. Booth personnel will visit face-to-face with current customers and meet prospective ones. AHRA also provides a venue to launch new products and gain real visibility.

“AHRA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition is just the right size for attendees to spend quality time with exhibitors,” the website states. “AHRA goes the extra mile to ensure that attendees come into the exhibit hall by providing complimentary lunch in the hall for attendees each day. Raffles and other incentives ensure that you have the best opportunity to connect with lots of attendees.

“Connecting with many customers all in one place,” Rose said when asked how exhibitors benefit from attendance. “This is the place imaging leaders go to get the most information in the most conducive environment. We all have very busy schedules, and in one location, over three days, we can hear from many customers at one time. There are great opportunities to enhance the experience through symposiums and hot spots.”

When asked what else imaging leaders should know regarding the event, Rose said AHRA and the city of Nashville are working to host a safe annual meeting.

“Nashville is designated as a safe destination regarding COVID and they are ready for our team with the best plans to keep all of us safe in this environment while enabling us to get back together again,” Rose said.

“We are all excited about the 2021 annual meeting, 2020 took a toll on all of us and we need to figure out what our new normal looks like,” Rose added. “Please join us in reshaping our AHRA normal!”

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