RCIS Road to Success: Torrance Memorial Medical Center Hosts SICP Signature RCIS Review Course

Joshua Mathieson, CVT III
Joshua Mathieson, CVT III
Wow, what a journey it took to get here! I have been in the cath lab for almost six years. My former manager, Mark Raffaelle, instilled in me the idea that becoming a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) was a must. He encouraged me and provided me with my first set of Wes Todd books. (Thanks, Mark, for planting the seed. One day I will pay you back.) Once I had some years under my belt, I decided to make the move to Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. I am lucky to be at a hospital that really cares about its staff and their educational needs. Our cath lab has weekly educational opportunities, with instruction by different physicians and vendors, on topics chosen by the employees. We close our three cath labs for three hours each Wednesday to conduct these classes. The doctors may gripe a bit, but they all know it’s is best for the whole department to engage in these educational activities. In my efforts to take the RCIS certification exam, I challenged Torrance Memorial Medical Center and the entire cath lab to become certified. I received a large amount of information from Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the testing site to prepare for the examination process. I contacted the SICP to instruct their Signature RCIS Review Course over two days at our hospital. Coordinating the review course took quite a bit of work. After almost a year of planning and meetings with the cath lab manager, director and clinical education, we finally made it. We hosted the SICP Signature RCIS Review Course January 15-16, 2011. Now that the review course is over, my next stop is to sit for the RCIS exam.

12th Annual New Cardiovascular Horizons

NCVH Discount for SICP Members June 1-4, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana Now entering its 12th year, New Cardiovascular Horizons (NCVH) is the longest-running “head-to-toe” multi-disciplinary meeting to focus on peripheral interventions and limb preservation. Conference chairman, Craig M. Walker, MD, has set his sights on raising NCVH’s profile as the nation’s leading peripheral meeting. “We want to create a medical educational program that will promote better understanding, diagnosis and treatment of PAD and venous disease,” said Dr. Walker. “We want to establish PAD as a marker of high risk for cardiovascular death and disability.” Join us at New Cardiovascular Horizons for the SICP Signature RCIS Review Course, along with:
  • 26 LIVE peripheral intervention cases performed from 6 different cath labs;
  • 8 hours of advanced education for cath lab professionals;
  • 4 hours of hands-on simulation training at the Tulane University Medical Simulation Center;
  • 200+ lectures from world-renowned faculty.
SICP members receive a discounted registration rate of $299 for the entire 4-day meeting. Visit for details.