Coming Soon!

Posted by Tim Ebrom on 10/26/2021

You asked, and we answered.  Based on the feedback received from satisfaction surveys, the JRCERT has spent the last several months undergoing major upgrades to both our Accreditation Management System (AMS) portal and our website.  Changes include a more streamlined and updated look, as well as a much more user-friendly experience.  Both the new portal and new website are anticipated to launch in the late fall/early winter.  The JRCERT will also launch instructional videos to help navigate the new portal.  More information regarding these updates will be released as it becomes available. 

CA AB1273

Posted by Tim Ebrom on 09/21/2021

As we have recently posted, CA AB1273, which includes an “earn and learn” concept, will have a negative impact on quality care and safety for the citizens of California, medical imaging and therapeutic professionals, and accredited educational programs.  Unfortunately, the bill passed both the Assembly and Senate in California with no discussion, despite there being significant opposition put forward by both the medical imaging and therapeutic professions. 

The JRCERT, along with other professional organizations including the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD), the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Science (AEIRS), the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT), the Medical Dosimetrists Certification Board (MDCB), and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB), have sent a letter to Governor Newsom, once again making our opposition known and asking him to either exempt the medical imaging and therapeutic professions from the bill, or to veto. 

Please consider contacting Governor Newsom here to voice your opposition to the bill.  Be sure to choose “AB01273 Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship: the Director of Consumer Affairs and the State Public Health Officer: earn and learn training” from the subject dropdown. 

You can view the letter sent to Governor Newsom here.

Urgent Action Needed

Posted by JRCERT on 07/23/2021

Currently, there is legislation in California titled, “AB-1273 Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship: the Director of Consumer Affairs and the State Public Health Officer.”  The JRCERT opposes CA AB1273 as currently drafted, specifically the “earn and learn” concept, due to the negative impact it would impose on JRCERT accredited programs and the profession.

The “earn and learn” concept is on the job training (OJT) which allows students to secure a wage while working.  JRCERT policy prohibits students from earning wages during clinical hours to guarantee students are not taking the place of qualified staff and are appropriately supervised during their clinical education.  Additionally, this prevents the risk of liability to medical facilities due to unqualified individuals performing medical imaging and therapeutic procedures.

This bill would cause the profession to regress back to the antiquated method of educating radiologic science professionals through on the job training.  A well-structured educational program that includes a competency-based curriculum assures students have the knowledge and skills for entry-level practitioners.

Timing is critical!  We urge you, on behalf of the profession, to voice your concerns to the author of the bill, Assembly Member Rodriguez, California State Senators, and Governor Newsom.  Their contact information is provided here.