Appreciating Professionals

This week highlights two areas of healthcare that are in the spotlight through national recognition initiatives.

National Allied Health Professions Week

National Allied Health Professions Week is being celebrated during the first full week of November and provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important role that allied health professionals play as part of today’s interconnected healthcare teams.

Who are allied health professionals?  They are the professionals involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation, and health systems management, among others. Allied health professionals include dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists, to name just a few roles.

The recognition week is organized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Learn more about the many roles that are considered part of the allied health field.

National Radiologic Technology Week

National Radiologic Technology Week is also being celebrated this week. It is an annual awareness event established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to celebrate the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety.

This year’s initiative‚ with the theme “Waves of the Future” — is an opportunity to recognize our radiology technicians and the many staff, students, residents, and faculty who are involved in providing radiology services to our patients here at the Dugoni School.

November 8 commemorates the anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhem Conrad Roentgen in 1895 (one year before the founding of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, our school). To learn more about the many advances in medical imaging and radiation therapy over the years, visit the ASRT web site.

We appreciate all of our professional colleagues working across the spectrum of healthcare. Together, we all play an important role in helping people lead healthy lives through our own unique skills and talents.