Fold, Seal, Send.
Starting with this issue of the Journal, we're using a new, larger reply envelope for Directed Reading answer sheets. The new envelope is designed so you only have to fold the answer sheet in half, rather than in thirds. It's a small change that will make a big difference for the ASRT staff members who open, sort and grade about 1000 answer sheets every business day.
Many of you have discovered an even easier, faster option for earning CE credit -- submitting quizzes online via the ASRT's Web site. All you need to do is go to www.asrt.org then click "Continuing Education" and click "Directed Readings." Enter your ASRT ID number and Social Security number, and you're ready to take a quiz. You'll know your score instantly, and your CE record will be updated immediately.
While you're visiting the Web site, take a few minutes to see what else is available there, including news about the profession in the "Profession at a Glance" section, updates on future conferences in the "Events and Conferences" section and information for patients in the "Patients and the Public" section.
In response to your requests, we'll soon have Spanish-language versions of Radiologic Technology's popular Patient Pages on the Web site. These pages describe many common radiologic examinations in easy-to-understand terms, often with patient films for illustration. We encourage you to print them and distribute them to your Spanish-speaking patients.
As the racial and ethnic makeup of the patient population changes, the face of the profession must change, too. Today, minority students make up less than 15% of those enrolled in allied health professions educational programs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the same time, the shortage of health care professionals is intensifying. To encourage more minority students to pursue careers in radiologic technology, the ASRT Education and Research Foundation has announced a scholarship program that will provide up to $4000 for each of 5 students annually. The scholarships are for minority students enrolled in an entry-level radiologic science program who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
The Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship was named in honor of the ASRT's first African-American president, who served in the late 1960s. Applications for the scholarship will be available this summer, with funding awarded for the fall 2002 semester. To learn more, phone the foundation's office at 800-444-2778, ext. 233.
Finally, kudos and thanks to the writers, reviewers, artists, editors and others who contribute to Radiologic Technology. The Journal recently received an Award of Merit from the Society for Technical Communication in the International Technical Publications Competition. Without your many efforts, this recognition would not have been possible.
Katie Racette is managing editor of this Journal and can be contacted by writing to 15000 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917 or by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com.