The mission of the Advanced Associate Council is to:
We have seen big changes on the front of advanced practice in nuclear medicine over the last year. The most significant is the upcoming closing of the only NMAA program at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. UAMS has stated the program will be on hiatus following the current student’s graduation, due to low enrollment. This information gives the AAC a unique and challenging opportunity. We will use what we have learned over the past 6 years to reinvent the educational programs for nuclear medicine advanced practice. We are currently working on program and educational initiatives which will offer opportunity to a wide variety of nuclear medicine technologists from varying educational backgrounds. We will promote the use of nuclear medicine physician extenders to Imaging Physicians via case studies and active marketing. The NMAA is not going away, we are here to stay. The rocky road we plod today will be increasingly smoothed as we build our support with innovative physicians, administrators, technologists, and organizations.
Even through this turmoil, individual NMAA’s have seen active growth within their individual practices. More NMAA job descriptions are being developed by health care systems, clinical scope of practice is growing, and NMAA’s are being recognized and rewarded as outstanding advanced practitioners. Our positive impact within the imaging department grows daily. Slowly, but surely. Few in number, yet strong in heart and soul. We vow to do what is necessary to give the opportunity of advanced practice to technologists who seek educational and career advancement in nuclear medicine, and to extend the presence and voice of the imaging physicians in the nuclear medicine department.
Vicki LaRue, MIS, NMAA
ACR Resolution Endorsing The Statement “Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate – Roles and Responsibilities”. (Page 66 Section II, Item 10)
A survey was sent to SNMMI members to evaluate the NMAA job market and how NMAAs could be utilized to best support the practice. See Survey Results.
Employer Survey Results Arkansas
Employer Survey Results Missouri
NMAP Employer Survey January Results Arkansas
NMT Program Directors Survey Results
Physican Follow up Survey Results Arkansas
Physican Survey Results Missouri
Technologist Survey Results Arkansas
Technologist Survey Results Missouri
The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementatin of Society policies.
Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.
This section provides the following council specific information.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Advanced Associate Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.
Payment of Dues
Membership in the AAC requires payment of dues in the amount of $10/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.
Benefits of Membership:
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:
Provides continuing education for professionals in the various areas relating to Advanced Assoiate through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the AAC puts on Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in NMAA.
Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences. The AAC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics related to Advanced Associate. Members will soon have access to AAC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics of the AAC.
Provides expertise in the NMAA to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The AAC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.
Learn more about the specific benefits the AAC council has to offer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org