UAMS’ Pickett Receives President’s Award From Society of Nuclear Medicine

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LITTLE ROCK – Martha Pickett, director of the nuclear medicine imaging sciences program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received a President’s Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine – Technologist Section (SNMTS) for her work developing an educational program for advanced technologists.


Pickett, who received the award June 6 during the organization’s annual meeting, is also the director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine Imagine Sciences in the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences of the UAMS College of Health Related Professions. The SNMTS is a scientific organization formed in the 1970s with the Society of Nuclear Medicine to promote the continued development of the art and science of nuclear medicine technology.


Pickett joined the UAMS faculty in 1982 as an adjunct professor in radiologic technology. She has directed the nuclear medicine imaging sciences program since 1985. She is a certified nuclear medicine technologist, earning her bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from UAMS in 1977. She also earned a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1987.


The President’s Award recognized her work on the advanced practice model for nuclear medicine practitioners, with programs offered at the master’s degree level to teach advanced clinical skills to experienced nuclear medicine technologists. Development of such a program is being explored by UAMS to start within the next few years.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit