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Freebies & Deep Discounts for FITs

1 – ASNC/SCCT 2017 Nuclear Cardiology & CT for Fellows-in-Training: Whether you are a cardiology, nuclear medicine or radiology fellows-in-training, the best way to start your ACC.17 experience is with a FREE how-to course on applying nuclear cardiology and CT imaging in various conditions and understanding the appropriate use mandate.  View the agenda & enroll for free.
2 – Nuclear Cardiology Today:  2½ days of in-depth, case-based training to help you deliver optimal care while learning how you can participate in improving daily operations in the lab, enhancing efficiencies, reducing costs, streamlining administrative processes and adapting to the new performance-evaluation and reimbursement models. Take advantage of deep discounts on registration for FITs.

Tips for FITs: 5 Ways to Make the Most of a Society Conference

I joined ASNC not as a cardiology fellow or during my first three years of practice as an echocardiographer, but when I went back for training as an advanced cardiac imaging fellow (in nuclear cardiology/PET).  My ASNC membership was free—as it is for all FITs who meet basic criteria, which are meant to be inclusive and support career development—and it provided immediate access to guidelines, consensus documents, practice points, the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology (the flagship journal of ASNC) and other tools essential for FITs.  And, importantly, as a FIT member of ASNC I had the opportunity to apply for ASNC’s Leadership Development Program (ASNC-LDP).  I was privileged to be selected for this unique program, which opened doors to many collaborations that helped build leadership skills that were invaluable as I launched my hospital’s nuclear cardiology program, which now is known for clinical excellence and research. Nuclear cardiology and, most importantly, ASNC were the stepping stones to me becoming an advanced imaging technologist.

JumpStart: Understanding Employment Contract Basics: Term & Termination


Too many physicians coming out of training, faced with an employment contract, believe, “If I want the job, I need to sign.” Not necessarily. And, even if a prospective employer considers the contract “nonnegotiable,” a legal review is still helpful to ensure you understand what is expected of you and what you can expect from your employer. 

An employment contract is designed to establish, in writing, a shared understanding of each party’s obligations during and after employment. ASNC is working with my colleagues at Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, PC, and me on a series of articles intended to help its members gain a better understanding of what contractual terms generally mean. Here we focus on clauses relating to the “term” of the agreement and to termination. These are two of the most important sections of an employment contract. 

Message for FITs, from ASNC President Raymond Russell, MD, PhD, FASNC

“You are never too young (or too old) to have a mentor.”
There, in a single sentence, is the one piece of wisdom I want to share with every cardiologist, no matter their specialty or season of life. It’s has been a guiding principle for my own career and the message I share in my role as the program director of the cardiology fellowship program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

I urge you to turn to your mentor (or mentors) throughout your career, for clinical training and for wisdom as your career unfolds. Mentors can be your sounding board, your kindest and best-intentioned critic and your most loyal friend as you choose jobs, set goals, negotiate contracts or select an academic track. Your mentor may give the constructive criticism that improves your CV, hones your presentation or grant-writing skills and refines your interview savvy. Your mentor should be the person you turn to celebrate a success and learn from a failure. 

ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Expert Consensus Document on how to diagnose and treat CS

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) has released a joint expert consensus document with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) on the role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in cardiac sarcoid detection and therapy monitoring.

Register for ICNC 2017 by Feb. 27 and Save!

ASNC encourages everyone in the Nuclear Cardiology community to attend International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC 2017) and take advantage of early-bird registration discounts. When you register for ICNC 2017 by Feb. 27, you’ll save over $100.  

In preparation for ICNC 2017, we talked with Organizing Co-chairs Frank Bengel, MD, Anastasia Kitsiou, MD, and Rob S.B. Beanlands, MD, about this unique conference and what attendees love about it. 

 

Bring Science to Your Practice at Nuclear Cardiology Today: Best Practices for Today, Innovations for Tomorrow

Join ASNC for 2½ days of in-depth, case-based training to help you lead your Nuclear Cardiology team in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment. “Nuclear Cardiology Today” Program Co-directors Dennis A. Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David G. Wolinsky, MD, MASNC, and a cadre of expert faculty will help you identify opportunities to improve daily operations in your lab. You’ll take home new information for improving patient care, enhancing efficiencies, reducing costs, streamlining administrative processes and adapting to the new performance-evaluation and reimbursement models. 

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