The Atlanta Society's Student & Radiographer's Seminar & Educators' Conference was organized in 1964 when a small group of radiologic technology educators, members of the Atlanta Society of X-Ray Technologists, decided to hold a one day seminar to review the Atlanta students for the ARRT registry exam. Sponsored by the AtlSXT the educational portion of the seminar was conducted in the auditorium of a north Atlanta hospital and the one social event was held at a small motel not far from the hospital where the one out-of-town speaker was housed. There were more than 50 students in attendance, everyone had a good time, learned a lot, and the evaluations were GREAT! Thus, the planners deemed it a successand history was made.
Since the inception of this attempt to satisfy the educational needs of technologists in the Atlanta area, there have been monumental changes to this conference developing it into a nationally recognized student focused learning encounter that is not equaled anywhere in the country. Given on the even years, it consists of three simultaneous programs designed for students, radiographers, and educators. In the past, all of the educational sessions have been approved for CE credits through the ASRT, offering the participants the chance to acquire more than 20 credits in a 3 ½ day experience. There are more that 40 individual speakers, many of them nationally known. Because of the magnitude and depth of this conference, representation from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is always a routine occurrence. In the past, the JRCERT and the AERS have presented educational programs immediately preceding the conference. Having these groups joined, makes this conference one of the largest educational consortiums geared strictly for radiologic technologists.
This year, as in 2014, the Seminar/Conference will consist of 10 or more workshops, and 12 - 15 general assemblies covering topics that appeal to the study of radiologic technology. In addition to the student topics, there will be a two-day program designed for the staff radiographer on Saturday and Sunday; and, a 3 ½ day program specifically customized to meet the needs of the modern-day educator. In addition to the educational content, there will be exhibitors offering employment possibilities, textbooks, computer programs, professional items, organizational memberships, etc. Those students who are interested, will be given the opportunity to write a self- assessment exam and the results will available before they leave for home. On Sunday night there will be a student competition that offers the winners cash prizes as well as gifts. On the lighter side, there will be two evenings of entertainment and door prizes at every session.