A Greeting and Update from the SWC-SNMMI Technologist Section President

My name is Dean L. Rice, BS, PET, CNMT, and I am the President of the SWC-TS for the period of March 2014 through April 2015. I am the Chief Technologist of the VA, North Texas and have been a CNMT since 1991. I have been an active member of the SNMMI-TS since 2008, just shortly after arriving in the North Texas area.

We have just returned from the Southwestern Chapter annual meeting that was held at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans earlier this month and the turnout was great. It was great to see old friends and associates and have the opportunity to meet and greet members of the Southwestern Chapter. Although the weather started cold and grey it warmed up, and the skies cleared for a great weekend of learning and spending a little time enjoying the culture and experiences of New Orleans and the French Quarter.

I would like to thank Dr. Peeyush Bhargava and Dustin Hale for putting together a very interesting and exciting program. There is a lot of work that goes on for the year heading into each meeting and the Program Co-Chairs do a large amount of that work behind the scenes. It can be overwhelming and stressful at times but the benefit is a learning experience that translates to more than just continuing education credits. If you would like to be a speaker at an upcoming conference or have someone in mind please let me know. 

I would like to identify some specific goals I will be working on during my 2014-2015 term:

  1. Increase Membership/Introducing technologist and students to the benefits of being a member of the SNMMI-TS & SNMMI-TS Southwestern Chapter
  2. Implement a Leadership Development Program that will occur during the Southwestern Chapter Annual meeting in Austin, Texas in April 2015.  
  3. Form a committee to review current bylaws and have a revision ready for vote during the next annual elections.

There are also a number of scholarships and grants that are available for Technologist and students that desire to continue their educational experience. Please review the following link for more information: http://www.snmmi.org/AboutSNMMI.

It is amazing sometimes how we forget the little things, as Nuclear Medicine professionals we need to remember why we have a Professional Society, why we have meetings, why we offer continuing education…Take a second to reflect, the reason we do all of this is simple…THE PATIENT. Someday you will be one!


Dean L. Rice [deanlee62(a)yahoo.com]
SWC-SNMMI Technologist Section President