Molecular Imaging News
December 14, 2005
The Educational Summit II was held in Reston, Virginia on November 12-13
The Educational Summit II was held in Reston, Virginia on November 12-13 to discuss the ongoing development of an advanced practice Nuclear Medicine Practitioner (NMP) and the proposal for entry-level requirements for nuclear medicine technologists in 2015. Twenty-four representatives from 8 organizations participated in the discussion. The organizations represented included SNMTS, ASRT, ARRT, NMTCB, JRCNMT, SMRT, and JCAHO. In addition, representatives from all educational program types were represented – baccalaureate degree, associates degree, and certificate programs. Attendance at the meeting in no way implied endorsement.
The Nuclear Medicine Practitioner (NMP) was the first topic discussed. Highlights of the discussion include: the NMP will be educated at the Masters level, the NMP program will be a generalist curriculum, and the proposed program length will be approximately 2 years. Proposed competencies and curriculum templates for the NMP will be presented at the SNM Mid-Winter Meeting.
The baccalaureate entry-level requirements for nuclear medicine technologists by 2015 focused on curriculum development, transition of existing programs to meet the proposed entry level requirements, input from external organizations/stakeholders and the development of an outreach campaign to improve communication about the proposal. The entry-level task force for the SNMTS has created four teams to focus on these topics. All discussions were sensitive to the needs of current programs. The SNM will act as a repository and resource for data collection. Look for additional information on the SNM Website, at Chapter meetings, and in publications soon.