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Sponsored Blog - MIM Software: Radiopharmaceutical Therapies: A Partnership between Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology Departments?
December 1, 2022
Posted by: Ben Van

Sponsored Blog - MIM Software: Radiopharmaceutical Therapies: A Partnership between Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology Departments?

MRT, RPT, PRRT . . . whatever you’re calling it, radiopharmaceutical therapy (RPT) has been a major topic of discussion at nuclear medicine conferences for the past six years. Efforts to bring radiopharmaceutical therapies into the clinic are snowballing and hold promise for benefiting patients. Recently, the topic has also started gaining traction in radiation oncology conferences.

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Your
November 3, 2022
Posted by: Tonya Terry

Your "Top 5": A Key to Organization

This blog post is modified from an article that appeared in Radiation Oncology News for Administrators Vol 32 No 3.

I have always been an organizer and a planner. As a radiation therapist I used a notebook agenda for professional daily goals and activities. Now I use my Outlook calendar for organizing work meetings and notes. Outlook offers a good high-level view of my day.

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How to Deliver an Extraordinary Service Experience
October 26, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

How to Deliver an Extraordinary Service Experience

Barbara Khozam gave the first general session presentation on Day 3 of SROA’s 2022 Annual Meeting. Khozam explained that organizations can achieve exceptional Customer Service using G.I.F.T.

Barbara Khozam is an expert speaker in customer service, leadership, motivation, and communication. She wrote How Organizations Deliver BAD Customer Service (and Strategies that Turn it Around).

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The Outcomes of Accreditation
October 26, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

The Outcomes of Accreditation

Ann Miner and Stephen Miller presented on the outcomes of accreditation.

Employee engagement is at the forefront of administrators’ minds. Engaging staff in quality improvement is important. Engaged team members impact outcomes, and the entire continuum of care. Quality improvement presents an opportunity to rediscover the fun and enjoyment in work; enables staff to connect in multidisciplinary teams, rediscovering what motivates them, and taking ownership of how they respond to the changing healthcare landscape; and prepare for challenges face in delivering best and safe practice.

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Day 2: Roundup of SROA's 2022 Annual Meeting
October 24, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Day 2: Roundup of SROA's 2022 Annual Meeting

SROA members began Day 2 of SROA’s 2022 Annual Meeting with a general session called, “Centering Diversity in Radiation Oncology: The What, The Why, and The How.” Dr. Parul Berry, Dr. Jerry Jaboin and Dr. Ivy Franco provided historical context about diversity and shared some of the personal challenges they have encountered as radiation oncologists from underrepresented minority groups. They offered numerous concrete suggestions on how radiation oncology departments and centers can diversify their radiation oncologist staff and improve their retention. Some suggestions include: giving less weight to test scores; exploring more deeply the reasons for lower test scores (for example, due to lack of financial resources to take test prep courses); and having standardized questions for all interviewees. The panelists also talked about ways to improve retention such as ensuring that the HR partners have the appropriate expertise for specific circumstances.

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The Front Desk: Your Patients' First Impression
October 23, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

The Front Desk: Your Patients' First Impression

In her workshop at SROA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, Michele Krohn advocated for a back-to-basics approach ensuring front desk teams provide optimal customer service.

Somebody will make a judgment about your practice in the first seven seconds. Common sense is key, but it seems to be a lost art. The patient is the customer, but people like family, caregivers, representatives and the general public also take account.

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Leveraging Mentorship
October 23, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

Leveraging Mentorship

Dr. Ruth Gotian spoke about mentorship at SROA’s 2022 Annual Meeting. She said we need four roles in our life:

  • Role Model is someone you want to become.
  • Mentor talks with you (an extended period of time).
  • Coach talks at you (pushes you, holds you accountable; a finite period of time.
  • Sponsor talks about you (people who nominate you for committees, award)

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The Magic of Human Connection: Your Advantage in a Digital World
October 23, 2022
Posted by: Tammy McCausland

The Magic of Human Connection: Your Advantage in a Digital World

Tim David gave SROA’s keynote presentation on the principles of human connection at SROA’s 2022 Annual Meeting. He said every organization has at least one person they don’t feel connected to. While people may be frustrating or challenging, we can make some tweaks to make them less so. Connection can create consistency and reliability and make our interactions more joyful.

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Sponsored Blog - Radformation: Automation-Assisted Workflows Maximize Clinical Efficiency
October 3, 2022
Posted by: Tyler Blackwell, MS, DABR

Sponsored Blog - Radformation: Automation-Assisted Workflows Maximize Clinical Efficiency

Managing a radiation oncology department is complex and requires managing many tasks in parallel: overseeing staff, implementing new technologies or treatment options, accreditation, inspections, financial reports, etc. How do radiation oncology administrators keep their departments running smoothly?  

Automation is key. Quickly becoming a clinical staple, automation enables departments to do more in less time, transforming workflows for better quality, safety, and efficiency. Providing staff members with the necessary automation tools is an easy way to ensure top-quality patient care.  

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Leader Standard Work: An Organizational Tool for Managing Your Work
September 1, 2022
Posted by: Maxine Washington

Leader Standard Work: An Organizational Tool for Managing Your Work

Leader Standard Work (LSW) is a tool that is being used more often in health care. LSW is one of the tools within Lean’s management system. It’s an effective tool for organizing one’s schedule, setting priorities and managing one’s time. The LSW concept is based on processes and achieving goals, supporting stainability and, to some degree, succession planning.  

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