SICP eNews

Looking Ahead

By Patrick Hoier, BS, RCIS, FSICP
Invasive Cardiovascular Program Director, Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD

The new officers for SICP’s 2012-2014 Executive Committee have recently been appointed, and we are beginning our action plans.  As your new President Elect, I look forward to the next several years as we work together as I serve the SICP Membership and the Invasive Cardiovascular Profession with pleasure.

SICP needs to form a closer bond to the local chapters and our members in general.   As President Elect, I assure you that listening and communicating with our members is one of the most important focuses for the SICP Executive Committee.  Our professional dedication and vision for the profession across the nation is critical to our Society’s success.   We are committed to communicating more often, more effectively, and more pertinently to our members. 

This past summer I was fortunate to meet with the Nebraska Chapter.  Meeting with the Nebraska Chapter also offered opportunities to identify chapter/member needs and concerns.  The meeting was very productive, and I was excited to see what this chapter is planning to accomplish in the future.   I also look forward to meeting with other chapters in the coming years.  Sally Elliott, SICP President, and I are making a concerted effort to reach out to each SICP chapter to meet the membership and spend time learning about you.  If you are in a chapter area and would like to have us visit, we would love to do so!  Please email your meeting dates to SICP Executive Director, Nicole Shore,,to make arrangements. 

SICP’s Executive Committee will initiate several projects in the near future that we know will add value to your SICP Membership. 

In the works is SICP’s first online CEU program that will offer Contemporary Topics for those RICS and RCES credentialed members. 

Watch for a member survey in your inbox in the near future.   We wish to identify areas on which SICP should focus to better serve our members as well as to obtain your impressions about general professional and Society matters.  

Committee activity has declined in recent years, and we are making a concerted effort to revive these committee and activities.  We truly desire your participation on these committees.

Advocacy continues to be an area of interest and focus for SICP.  We are monitoring and following progress of the CARE Bill that has been reintroduced in the United States Congress.  This legislation will set a national minimum standard for training of all medical imaging in the United States.  This legislation has the possibility of significantly impacting how medical imaging is performed in the US, and may impact the future of our profession.  Our concerns are great and we are trying to stay informed about each state’s position.

SICP’s goal is to promote advocacy awareness and support the national bill currently being reviewed by both houses of Congress, ensuring that the RCIS and RCES registry are recognized in the bill and accompanying mandates. 

As members, chapters and concerned professionals, we ask YOU to keep us informed of continued issues you are facing. 

SICP will make every effort to support your needs; however, we need the members in each state to take an active role in the effort.  SICP’s Executive Committee is eager to find resolutions for all states.  However, as we are a group of volunteers and we are wide spread, it is at times difficult for us to be aware of all issues. 

SICP is very interested in hearing from you.  We want to ensure that the invasive cardiovascular profession--and the RCIS credential--is recognized for the important role it plays in patient care and procedural success.  With your help, and your membership, we hope to raise awareness regarding the necessity of our profession.  Contact us at

Patrick Hoier
SICP President-Elect

RCIS & RCES Review Course - Visalia, CA
November 3-4, 2012

2012 -2014 SICP Executive Committee

Sally Elliott, President
Patrick Hoier, President-Elect
Herman Dawson, Treasurer/Secretary
Jeff Davis, JRC-CVT Representative
Tracy Simpson, Immediate Past President

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Effective July 1, 2013, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) will officially remove the RCIS1 Qualification (also referred to as the On-the-Job Training qualification) that allows applicants who ONLY have two (2) years (full-time or full-time equivalent) working in Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, at the time of application, to qualify for CCI’s Invasive Registry examination.
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