As the outbreak of COVID-19 has been developing worldwide, MRTCA (Magnetic Resonance Testing and Credentialing Associates) has been closely tracking its impact within the healthcare community. We have been monitoring daily recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), along with the numerous travel restrictions issued by companies and medical institutions. Over the last several days (MRTCA) has received notices from attendees nationwide who have been put on a travel ban from their institutions. The ABR has canceled their upcoming examination, the ISMRM has postponed their annual meeting from April in Sydney, Australia to August in Paris, France, and the CDC has issued guidance for those over 60 or with respiratory disease or those who might be immunocompromised to not travel unnecessarily. Google just issued a
recommendation for ALL their employees nationwide to work from home.
After carefully weighing the emerging facts as well as our responsibilities to you, our examinees and proctors, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to cancel the ABMRS exams in Las Vegas March 25, 2020. We have given the situation deep consideration and want to provide all examiness with ample opportunity to manage air travel, hotel reservations, and personal schedules. We also want to respect our Physicians, Technologists, Medical Physicists, and healthcare colleagues who need to be available and healthy for their patients, and communities.
Meeting cancellation and voucher support
(MRTCA) will issue a voucher to all examinees who have registered and paid for the ABMRS exam administration on March 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV. This voucher can be used for up to one year from the end of March 2020 toward any ABMRS exam administration. Please review the website at ABMRS.org for a current listing of dates and venue locations.
Preparing to administer the ABMRS exams involves the time, talent, and creativity of a great many people. We’re incredibly grateful for this and deeply disappointed not to be able to hold the exams as planned.
In closing, we will be communicating specific information in the next several days to those who have registered for the ABMRS exams. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are considering the rapidly changing circumstances. We remain vigilant in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of not just our examinees and staff, but their families, colleagues, and patients.
The MRTCA Team