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Technologist Training & Retention

with Andrew Struchen and Alisha Hawrylack

We talk with radiologic technologists Andrew Struchen and Alisha Hawrylack about current training pathways for Vascular and Interventional Technologists, the importance of respect at work and in the lab, as well as key factors in recruiting and retaining top notch A-team technologists.

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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, June 4). Ep. 130 – Technologist Training & Retention [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Podcast Contributors

Andrew Struchen discusses Technologist Training & Retention on the BackTable 130 Podcast

Andrew Struchen

Andrew Struchen is an Interventional Radiologic Technologist at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Alisha Hawrylack discusses Technologist Training & Retention on the BackTable 130 Podcast

Alisha Hawrylack

Alisha Hawrylack is an Interventional Radiologic Technologist and Program Director at University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Aaron Fritts discusses Technologist Training & Retention on the BackTable 130 Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, TX.

Show Notes

In this episode, interventional radiologic technologists Alisha Hawrylack and Andrew Struchen join Dr. Aaron Fritts to discuss the important role of IR technologists in the lab and major factors that affect their recruitment, training, and retention.

To start, we discuss the current state of IR technologist training. Alisha describes two major educational pathways, structured training programs and on-the-job training. She says that while both modes of training can be effective, structured training programs are likely to provide deeper knowledge of anatomy and IR procedures. Andrew gives an overview of the yearlong IR technologist program at the University of Virginia, which offers a mix of didactic learning, clinical training, and mentorship. We also briefly outline the ARRT and RCIS certification requirements.

Next, we address job satisfaction and turnover of IR technologists. We discuss increasing workload, staffing concerns, and the need to feel engaged in cases. Andrew recognizes that if these problems are not addressed, technologists will start seeking other opportunities, such as careers within industry. Alisha emphasizes that technologists at academic institutions are excited about innovative procedures and seek ways to positively contribute to outcomes.

Finally, we discuss team culture and ways to cultivate respectful relationships between technologists and other clinicians. We talk about our experiences with giving team members the benefit of the doubt, learning how to work with other teammates, and resolving miscommunication.

Resources

Charles J. Tegtmeyer Program of Interventional Radiology and Special Procedures at the University of Virginia Medical Center: med.virginia.edu/radiology/educat…ogist-education/
Alisha Hawrylack: ac4nf@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Andrew Struchen: ads6r@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers (AVIR): avir.org/
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT): https://www.arrt.org/
Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) Exam: cci-online.org/CCI/Certification…OrganizerCommon=2

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