A Preview of ACR 2017 for Residents and FellowsACR2017

The 25th annual meeting of the ACR Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) will be held May 20–21, 2017, immediately preceding ACR 2017 (May 21-25) in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the RFS meeting and ACR 2017 is free for all residents, fellows, and medical students.

This year’s meeting will feature a keynote address from Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Informatics, on the topic of artificial intelligence and machine learning in radiology and healthcare.

RFS members will also have the opportunity to learn more about the current healthcare policy landscape from Ezequiel “Zeke” Silva III, MD, FACR chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, who will share his knowledge and insights on MACRA. Additionally, RFS members will have the opportunity to participate in the “Advocacy 101” session, where the ACR government relations staff provide and update on the current climate on Capitol Hill. Attendees will also gain practical skills on how to engage with their elected officials on Capitol Hill Day.

This year’s career development programming includes new content from the Radiology Leadership Institute, entitled “Career Kickstarter Program,” which features presentations from Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, and Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR.

Additionally, a Career Pathways Session will feature radiologists who will compare and contrast their experiences in different practice models including academia, teleradiology and private industry. On Sunday morning, Edward I. Bluth, MD, FACR, Chair of the Commission on Human Resources, will present data on the current trends and outlook for radiology jobs.

In an effort to give the RFS more opportunity to share ideas, a new component of this year’s meeting will be an “Open-Microphone” session. RFS members will have an opportunity to provide their own insights on “hot topics” in Radiology. The RFS will have its second RFS Caucus, led by McKinley Glover IV, MD, MHS, Chair of the RFS. The caucus will provide an overview of ACR governance and give RFS members the opportunity to comment on ACR policy that is up for debate at the annual meeting.

Elections for the 2017-2018 RFS Executive Committee will also take place at the RFS Annual Meeting. Candidate speeches will take place on Saturday afternoon, and trainees in attendance will be able to vote in the RFS elections. Election results will be announced online Sunday morning. More information about the RFS elections can be found on the RFS blog and on the ACR RFS website.

Medical students and interns are welcome to attend the RFS meeting and the general meeting of the ACR. A medical student track has been developed with sessions earmarked as special interest sessions for medical students. More information about the medical student track can be found on the ACR 2017 meeting website.

The RFS annual meeting is created by residents and fellows for the benefit of residents and fellows. Come join RFS members from around the country and help shape both the present and future of radiology!


By Colin M. Segovis, MD, PhD

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