What is a Fellow?
Fellowship is considered the highest grade of membership for most professional societies. The path to Fellowship is varied; however, it typically involves evidence of continued formal training post-qualification and evidence of substantial achievement in, or contribution to, the profession.
What is Fellowship of the ASMIRT?
For ASMIRT, a Fellow is a member who is resident in Australia, has been a member of the ASMIRT for not less than five years and has undertaken a structured program of additional professional activities. These activities are independently assessed and represent knowledge of and work to the highest standard in medical radiations. Fellowship of the ASMIRT is a professional qualification and is the highest category of membership of the ASMIRT Fellowship.
Why would I want to become a Fellow?
While in some states there may be a salary advantage in having this professional qualification the main reason is not financial. There is immense personal satisfaction in achieving the goal of becoming a Fellow. While becoming a Fellow is not gaining an academic qualification, personal learning is guaranteed with the advantage that it can nearly always be applied to the practical work situation.
Undertaking the process of Fellowship ensures new knowledge will be gained as well as professional skills developed that are recognised by yourself and your professional colleagues. A fellow of the ASMIRT can, therefore, be recognised by their peers as someone who has extra to contribute and is operating at the peak of the medical radiations profession.
How do I become a Fellow?
To attain Fellowship of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, a member must complete the requirements approved by the Board of Directors of ASMIRT. A member satisfies these requirements by the Points Accrual method. This includes a variety of activities that are assessed separately, with each activity attracting points. A total of 100 points is required to achieve Fellowship.
Options for attaining Points
- Post graduate qualification in a related or professionally relevant field approved by the Fellowship Panel:
- Doctorate 70
- Masters Degree 60
- Graduate Diploma or other approved similar qualification 40
- Graduate Certificate 20
- Diploma of Medical Ultrasound 30
- Certificate of Clinical Proficiency in Mammography 15
- Certificate of Accreditation MRI / CT 15
- A paper presented at National/International Conferences 15
- An Article published in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences, The Radiographer, or other peer reviewed/refereed journal 15
- A paper presented at Branch Meeting 10
- Organiser and presenter of an ASMIRT approved workshop 15
- Active participation (Fellowship assignment) in ASMIRT conference 15
- Active participation in approved other major seminar or workshop 10
- Substantial, documented and/or published original research 25
- Poster presentation at a national conference 10
- Poster presentation at a state conference/seminar/user group meeting 5
When should I get started?
You must be a member of ASMIRT for a minimum of 5 years before being eligible to become a Fellow, however you can start the process before then. For example, you can enter postgraduate study, commence working on a research project for a thesis, write a paper or present a poster etc.
How do I get started?
Obtain a copy of the Fellowship guidelines and contact the Warden of the Fellowship panel for more information via the members-only website under Resources/ASMIRT Panels. The next important step is to choose your mentor, start preparing your activities then get working! Visit the panel members at the ASMIRT booth during the ASMIRT conference and have your questions answered by those who have already travelled this path.
Attend the Fellowship session at the ASMIRT conference, complete the assignment that is associated with this session, and you are underway with 15 points in the bank. The Fellowship assignment topics are designed to enhance your learning as they generally involve topics that may be outside your areas of expertise but are relevant to your professional activities. You have 6 weeks following the conference to submit your 3000 to 3500 word assignment.
Interested but still not sure if Fellowship is for you?
We recommend that you talk to a Fellow. The Fellowship panel members (both Diagnostic & Therapy) are listed on the members-only website . The Warden of the Fellowship panels contact details are also listed in the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences and Spectrum in the list of office bearers. You can also find members of the Fellowship panels at the ASMIRT booth during session breaks at ASMIRT conference to answer your questions.
Already on the path to Fellowship?
It doesn’t hurt to touch base with the Fellowship panel members at the ASMIRT conference and get a personal check up of your progress and seek guidance on how you may be able to maximise your points for your submission.
Who are the Fellowship Panel?
The Fellowship Panel advises the Board of Directors in all aspects in relation to Fellowship.
The Fellowship Panel produces guidelines for election to the Fellowship by examination, points-accrual and thesis. The panel organises the marketing and/or assessment of the different processes by which Fellowship can be obtained. There are effectively two panels within the Fellowship Panel - for Diagnostic Radiography and Radiation Therapy.
You can contact the Fellowship Panel via the members-only website under Resources/ASMIRT Panels