June 2013 National SNMMI Chapter Delegates' Report

June 7, 2013 4:00 p.m., Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

Overview of the House of Delegates meeting:

  • House of Delegate-  HOD is the representative component of the Society, composed of a Speaker of the House and 79 physicians, scientists, and technologist members with voting rights, each elected from and through various Society constituencies.
  • The HOD is responsible to oversee and monitor committee work, approve amendments to the by-laws, provide seven members at large on the BOD (Board of Directors), approve the editor of JNMT, develop and recommend policies and programs to the BOD, and review the strategic plan annually. The seating arrangement changed from classroom style to a round table to encourage more participation from members. 
  • Definition of molecular imaging- visualization, characterization, and measurement of biological processes at the molecular and cellular levels in humans and other living systems.
  • Program: The program on Sunday will honor Henry Wagner--his family will be present.
  • New agents: Three agents approved by FDA within last year including Amyloid imaging.
  • Strategic Plan: The strategic was developed by a task force within the house. A survey was done to the members of the house to make recommendations.
  • Election: SWC, Dr. Mike Middleton was elected National Secretary Treasurer of SNMMI
  • Advisory Council: Proposing a HOD advisory council with the committee of chapters, committee of councils and incoming president to be on this council.
  • Chapter Report: The number one issue is the job market for techs and physicians. Other concerns include CE credit process and the way to document attendance. Perhaps, can use smart phones for this process.
  • Membership: Reported that membership is down across the nation. 
  • Concerns: There has been difficulty in finding jobs at all levels---- physicians, physicists, as well as technologist.
  • SNM working with the Alzheimer’s Association, Radiology Oncology and European Society of Nuclear Medicine as well as other associations.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Havens, CNMT and Mike Middleton, MD