In Their Own Words: Why Managers and Educators Attend the Summer Forum

Summer Forum

2016’s Summer Forum leadership meeting in Pointe Vedra Beach, FL, broke the all-time record for attendance and exceeded expectations on just about every front.

The 2017 Forum coming up June 25-27 in Tucson, AZ, is poised to do the same thing, and the online program released today bears out the value that this mid-year meeting for managers, educators and young professionals in respiratory care will bring.

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Why do managers and educators – experienced and less experienced – flock to this event year after year? We’ll let a few of them tell you —

Every organization is looking to reduce costs, and unless we as a profession start to concentrate on showing value rather than counting procedures we will be ripe for cuts. The information and contacts I gained help me to develop a strong business case for the additional FTEs. The ROI for attending the Summer Forum for RT managers is of exceptional value.
— Jeffrey Hodges, MBA, RRT, Kingman Regional Medical Center, Kingman, AZ

What’s valuable to me about the Summer Forum is that it doesn’t just repeat information communicated via the Journal or the Management and Education Sections. The information presented is either new — such as how to create a business plan or a solid communication plan, or how to recognize and reward employee behavior — or embellishes other information.
— Garry Kauffman, MPA, RRT, FAARC, Walnut Cove, NC

Many of the educational initiatives that I have implemented for preceptor training, case-based learning, and the use of contract learning and internship programs in clinical education grew from seeds that were planted at various Summer Forum meetings.
— Kathy Rye, EdD, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

As a result of attendance, I have learned how to use the Management Section and specialty sections wisely and intuitively to present and propose department changes and solidify the request for additional FTEs. Without the resources available and the networking gained from the Forum, I would not have had the information and contacts to help move proposals and business plans forward.
— Christy Clark, BS, RRT, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Tallahassee, FL

I attend the Summer Forum because this meeting is geared to managers and educators. These two groups of respiratory therapists are really the leaders in our profession and the networking is outstanding.
— Lynda T. Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, FAARC, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA