The Alaska Society of Radiologic Technologists is the only professional organization in Alaska that serves as a resource hub for medical imaging professionals. These resources include conferences, continuing education, job banks, legislative efforts and UAA student resources.
I was recently hired to update and redesign their website. A key part of this process was to become familiar with who AKSRT is, and what their mission is. Two of the most important objectives in website design is knowing best how to represent an organization, and knowing how to target their audience.
In this case, I learned that AKSRT's primary purpose is to ensure the highest quality standard of care for patients in Alaska that receive medical imaging services. Robert McClung, who serves as the board chairman explained that this can be a challenge despite a strong Radiologic Technologist degree program at the University of Alaska. It was my assumption that in order to work as an individual who performs x-rays or medical imaging, you needed a college degree. Not so in Alaska Robert explained.
Many people who seek careers as radiologic technologists in Alaska receive their training and skills as college students. But in many parts of rural Alaska, this isn't available or possible. Yet the need for medical imaging exists. Often in these cases, technicians are given locally based training using imaging equipment. Many times, the ones tasked with training new technicians have themselves only been trained from predecessors taught in a similar fashion. As a result, there can be vast variances in patient care and the quality of medical imaging.
One of AKSRT's biggest efforts is working with the Alaska state legislature to pass a bill that requires a minimum standard of education for radiologic technologists. The goal is to ensure that patients experience a minimum standard of care no matter where they receive medical imaging services. AKSRT believes this is possible from the biggest hospitals and imaging centers in Anchorage, to the smallest clinics in rural Alaska.
In addition to their legislative efforts, AKSRT hosts annual conferences that provide valuable educational resources to rad-techs, as well as an opportunity to professionally bond with other technologist from across the state. They even host a bi-annual conference in Hawaii, so if you are a professional technologist, you should definitely check it out.
I had the privilege of working with AKSRT in the redesign of their website. The previous version needed updating, as well as making it mobile responsive. AKSRT's website will continue to be updated in the future. If you would like to know more about them, visit them on the web today.