By Keri Forsythe-Stephens

1996: The year the U.S. women’s gymnastics team won Olympic gold in Atlanta, Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States, and Netanyahu took over as prime minister of Israel. If these events seem like a lifetime ago, they nearly were. But another occurrence also took place in 1996, and it’s one that has impacted the HTM field significantly: 24×7 Magazine premiered in print.

Perhaps it seems like I’m tooting our own horn, but it is truly significant for a magazine—especially a print one—to celebrate more than two decades in circulation. So celebrate we will—and we would love for you to join us. 24×7 Magazine will be on-hand at this year’s AAMI Exchange in Cleveland, commemorating our milestone birthday at booth #1217.

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

Keri Forsythe-Stephens, Chief Editor

If you’re attending AAMI Exchange, we would love for you to stop by and tell us what you’re enjoying about the magazine and how we can improve. Are there certain topics you wish we would cover more? Tell us in person. You are the reason 24×7 Magazine is celebrating 23 years of success, and you will be the reason we celebrate future milestone birthdays.

In a bid to continually innovate and bring you the freshest, most cutting-edge content, 24×7 Magazine is launching a new webinar series. The series, which will focus on professional development in the HTM sector, will provide attendees with tangible ways to promote the industry—and themselves—and facilitate safer, better patient care. All webinars will also be on-demand and available for CE credits.

Speaking of professional development, this month’s issue deals heavily with staffing issues and growing one’s career. May’s cover story, “Planning for Succession,” investigates how HTM departments can navigate the pending staffing crisis—with three HTM leaders sharing what has worked for their respective teams.

The second professional development article—“The (Immense) Value of Student Internships,” written by educator Joie Marhefka, PhD—delves into how internships can benefit departments and future HTM professionals alike. It’s one you don’t want to miss, and I encourage you to turn to page 14 and read it.

I also encourage you to tell us what webinar topics you want us to cover. Please drop me a line at kstephens@medqor.com and let me know what professional development topics are most pressing; just mark “Webinar Ideas” in the subject line. Consider it a birthday present for us.

Keri Forsythe-Stephens is chief editor of 24×7 Magazine.