SIIM chair takes on certification ‘myths’

This is a good read for anyone interested in the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification offered by Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

While the article address 10 myths on the CIIP, I personally feel that the most obvious problem is a lack of a structured study materials available to potential students. Why do I say so, well as with all things in life, there are several variants to a “Correct answer”, what may be the ‘norm’ in one organisation / state / country may be not even legal on another, especially when it touches on sticky issue like healthcare, even that aside, lets just take something very common in the computing networking world -Subnetting.

The actual formulas used in Microsoft and Cisco’s networking exams are different and both are correct (One might argue how that is possible, its because traditional subnetting tables utilise the 2N-2 formula for network devices that does not support a all 1s or 0s subnet, for more information on subnetting, read this article), translating such a scenario back to CIIP where there are multiple domain of knowledge, I can imagine answering questions to be quite stressful (another area is Project Management but lets not go there).

Having said that, its only fair that we give SIIM more time to develop the certification (there’s a reason why they are restricting the test only within the US for now) but still, I’d love to have my version of the certification rolling in Asia but that is again, another story for another time.

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