The Benefits of Student Membership in the ASRT
Posted July 30, 2014
By Mike Latimer, M.S.R.S., R.T.(R)
One of my teachers at St Michael’s High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Brother Leo, would tell us that the one question everyone asks, either to themselves or out loud, is “WIIFM” or “What’s in it for me?”
As a radiologic technologist, educator and ASRT member, I am constantly encouraging my students to become members of our state affiliate society, the Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists, and our national professional organization, the ASRT, and all of them ask WIIFM? Well, let me tell you.
As a member of your state and national professional organization, you are demonstrating that you show an interest in our profession. You never know when being a member can pay off by getting you selected over a nonmember for a job, extra training, more hours, time off to attend a conference, to name a few.
In addition to a 70% discount in dues, students have access to study tools covering topics including but not limited to Radiation Biology, Physics and Radiation Therapy Physics and Anatomy. Your student membership also gives you access to the ASRT JobBank®, and Salary Estimator. If you want to network with other students and take a peek into the goings-on of the different chapters, you can stop by the ASRT Communities pages.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; as a student member, you also can get discounts on textbooks, uniforms and scrubs, shoes, computers and electronics, registry study guides, registry review seminars and even flowers. The discounts even include office supplies and travel discounts and of course educational products offered by the ASRT. There is also the ASRT Foundation, which awards grants and scholarships to members.
If I haven’t sold you yet, let me continue. There is a lot more to being a member of the ASRT than getting a magazine in the mail and CEUs. The ASRT also sponsors the Student Leadership Development Program that brings students in from all over the country to attend the educational seminar, get to know how the governance of the ASRT works and network with medical imaging and radiation therapy students and professionals.
I know that most if not all of you reading this blog are already ASRT members, so, I ask those of you who interact with students to “pass the word” and let the students know about the benefits of membership and encourage them to join so they can see first-hand, what’s in it for them.