Another trend that is occurring is the advanced practice role for radiological technologists. Reasoning behind this potential change is due to population growth and service provider numbers declining. One of the roles would be a radiologist assistant. "This role would take the lead in patient assessment, management and education as well as perform selected radiological procedures as delegated by the radiologist." (Paul, 2009) These new changes could change our whole program and therefore the whole curriculum. This change would also affect me as a technologist in the hospital setting because as roles change in the workplace my skills, if they do not adapt, will be come less favorable to an employer, as I will not be as flexible. It is kind of scary because you have trained for this job and over time the job changes due to demands and if you do not keep adapting then you will be unable to be employed. I think this will be difficult for everyone in the profession, especially those who have been in the job for decades. How will the job sites, the college, and educational institutions provide a way for all employers to meet the demands of the workplace?
Overall, the changes that are occurring in our field greatly affect what is happening in my classroom and the workforce as I will have to keep up to date and ensure that my course outline and outcomes are meeting the standards set by the college and the workplace. This may also include a change in how the program is structured. Basically, I will have to keep learning and adapting.
Paul, D. (2009). An overview of initiatives relating to advanced practice role development for radiological technologists. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 40(3), 90-99.