News from the Chair of the Resident and Fellow Section
Growth and Maturation of the ACR Resident and Fellow Section
The American College of Radiology Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) has grown tremendously since its inception 28 years ago.
This transformation from a mechanism allowing members-in-training to observe ACR annual meeting proceedings into a dynamic and engaged group of over 5,000 members, has not gone unnoticed. Nearly 400 ACR RFS members attended the ACR 2016 meeting, many of whom serve in leadership roles within the ACRs commissions and committees. The RFS presence at ACR 2016 was substantial and represents the imperative for leadership and service among our resident and fellow colleagues around the country. The outstanding growth of the RFS presents a new challenge: how does the RFS mature as an organization to increase its influence and engagement within the ACR?
One important area of maturation is the RFS’s increased engagement in ACR Governance. At the 2016 ACR RFS Annual Meeting, the first “RFS caucus” was organized by the RFS Executive Committee. The goal of the caucus was to introduce RFS members to the ACRs governance structure (i.e. how the ACR conducts its business) and to engage members-in-training to provide feedback on ACR Council resolutions of relevance to the RFS. Future caucus meetings will seek to help the RFS take positions on ACR resolutions and train members on how to create and shape ACR policy.
Advocacy remains an area of vital importance for the RFS and ACR as a whole. The RFS continues to hold a leadership position in response rates to legislative calls to action and other advocacy efforts. However, our advocacy work is never done and new challenges continually arise. The RFS Radiology Advocacy Network has been a robust mechanism to help face those challenges. Additionally, opportunities for hands on experience such as the Capitol Hill Day and the Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship have been vital in creating a cadre of RFS leaders in advocacy.
Increasing the voice of the ACR RFS is a critical corollary to increased engagement. A year ago, the RFS transitioned its e-news content to the ACR Bulletin website. RFS articles and content have helped drive increased page views for the ACR Bulletin, demonstrating both the value and the importance of the RFS perspective. Additionally, the JACR®’s resident and fellow column remains as a fantastic venue for residents to present research and opinions on topics and issues important to residents and fellows.
In addition to leadership within the field of radiology, promoting RFS participation and leadership in organized medicine more broadly is just as important. Many of the challenges facing radiology and health care at large require active participation within state and national medical societies. ACR RFS members have risen to the call, increasing their role and prominence within state medical societies and the American Medical Association. Joining the AMA is a great way to get started.
By McKinley Glover, MD, MHS; Chair, ACR Resident and Fellow Section; Health Policy and Management Fellow, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization; Clinical Fellow in Neuroradiology, Massachusetts General Hospital