ACR Bulletin January 2011
Putting In-Training Exams to the Test
For years, residents have taken either the DXIT™ or TXIT™ exam. Soon one of them will be going digital.
The past few years have been a period of extraordinary change for radiology exams. In 2008, the ABR announced that it would be altering the board exams given to residents beginning in the fall of 2013.
Q: Tell us about your international rotation experience.
During my medical school and internship years at Brown University, I collaborated with my mentor Anne S. DeGroot, M.D., from the Global Alliance to Vaccinate Against AIDS, to identify, raise funds for, and train medical professionals to use an ultrasound machine for a community-based clinic in Sikoro, a slum of Bamako, Mali.
On Solid Ground
The College maintains a strong position during a tough financial year.
As the economy slowly but surely climbs its way to higher ground, the College's finances have also steadily improved. According to the 2009-2010 financial report from ACR Secretary-Treasurer Anne C. Roberts, M.D., FACR, in Fiscal Year 2010, the College maintained a strong financial position.
The Congressional Forecast for Radiology
2010 was another hectic year of the Economics and Government Relations Department. With the election of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., to the U.S. Senate last January, many believed that comprehensive health-care reform legislation could not be passed.
Protecting Your Peer-Review Rights
ACR's Counsel elaborate on legal issues within the federal and local peer-review processes.
The ACR General Counsel's Office and the Quality and Safety Department are often asked whether RADPEER™ materials can be subpoenaed or "discovered" in court. As with most legal matters, the answer is more complicated than a simple "yes" or "no."
Tapping Into Rich Resources
JACR launches new website, continues to provide invaluable tools and content.
Why should you take the time to read the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) every month? What makes it so special? The journal is an informative, trustworthy resource for radiologists to use in daily practice.
The Art of the Question
New reforms create demand for skilled item writers.
Well-prepared residents fly through them in less than a minute. They read the question, consider the options, choose an answer, and move on.
Loud and Clear
Radiologists articulate the advantages and challenges of speech-recognition software.
Radiologists have adjusted to many new technologies, but few have posed a bigger challenge than speech recognition (SR).
Radiologists act fast, think smart to streamline care in the emergency department.
All hospitals maintain one department unlike all the rest: the emergency department (ED).
The Right to Speak?
Experts weigh in on giving imaging results directly to patients.
Radiologists have traditionally served as the "strong, silent type" in the health-care arena. Although they are a critical bridge between the patient and the referring physician, their voices were often unheard or deemed unnecessary.
Preserving Tradition, Expanding Opportunity
Sketching the blueprints for this year's AMCLC.
The 2011 AMCLC will provide a unique opportunity for ACR members to influence the policy and direction of the College. Preparations have begun, deadlines have been set, and the Council Steering Committee (CSC) anticipates a vibrant meeting in Washington, D.C., from May 14-18.
Innovation in Imaging Research and Tools
ACRIN® presents research results and unveils image-markup tool at RSNA annual conference.
New and emerging clinical research findings from ACRIN® were well represented among the 2,600 scientific paper and poster presentations at RSNA's 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual meeting.
Recapturing the Center
Over the past 115 years, radiologists have been blessed by the technological advances of our specialty. In each new era of health-care delivery, some new technology has captured the hearts and minds of physicians and patients.