Workforce Pipeline and Life-Long Learning Tactics 

  1. Increase the supply of physicians qualified to practice nuclear medicine.
    1. Increase collaboration with stakeholder organizations in nuclear medicine and radiology to develop training program pathways that provide high-quality graduate medical education leading to dual certification in nuclear medicine and radiology.
    2. Work collaboratively with Chapters to increase the recruitment and retention of nuclear medicine professionals.
    3. Explore development of joint training program on theranostics with other specialties.
    4. Advocate for development of institutional, ACGME, and federal policies that facilitate dual diagnostic radiology/nuclear medicine training.

       

  2. Increase the number of nuclear medicine/diagnostic radiology residents in the field of nuclear medicine.
    1. Identify residency programs that consistently promote nuclear medicine and work with them to spread the value proposition Nuclear medicine as well as of SNMMI membership.
    2. Organize events for residents to provide opportunities for networking with seasoned nuclear medicine professionals.
    3. Identify and conduct outreach to facilities, hospitals, and academic centers to ensure appropriate training and residency programs are implemented and supported.
    4. Participate in activities at meetings like RSNA and AUC to increase the visibility of nuclear medicine and encourage residents in diagnostic radiology to consider fellowship training in nuclear medicine.

       

  3. Increase the supply of qualified nuclear medicine scientists.
    1. Identify available training pathways for nuclear pharmacists and physicists and encourage development of new training programs.
    2. Advocate for increased research funding, such as training grants, to support post-doctoral fellows preparing for careers in nuclear medicine research.
    3. Identify and encourage sources of funding that can help to support medical physics residencies.

       

  4.  Increase recognition of SNMMI as the professional home of all nuclear medicine professionals irrespective of the training pathway.
    1. Ensure that educational programs provide value to current and potential members.
    2. Use innovative and novel methods for providing educational content to members and non-members.
    3. Support professional development and member engagement in the society.

       

  5. Increase awareness of nuclear medicine/molecular imaging as an appealing and rewarding field for students interested in STEM careers.
    1. Increase general outreach efforts to high schools and undergraduate colleges, coordinated with outreach activities.
    2. Conduct focused outreach to undergraduate students training in physics and pharmacy.
    3. Conduct focused outreach to medical students and to first-year residents in diagnostic radiology to encourage training in nuclear medicine.
    4. Identify a communication strategy that is relevant to the residents/students, leveraging various social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc.).

       

  6. Increase recognition of nuclear medicine technologists as the technologist experts in performing nuclear medicine imaging and therapy.
    1. Support efforts of SNMMI Technologist Section to standardize nuclear medicine technologist training.