Coming Through the Crossroads
Accomplishments of the 2014–15 CSC and a view of the year ahead
What a year it has been! The 22 members of the 2014–2015 CSC were extremely busy over the past year, working on new and ongoing projects in preparation for ACR 2015 and for the council at large.
As the College developed and approved a new strategic plan and expanded the format of the annual meeting, we took an active role in charting the future course for the organization. All the while, the CSC found innovative ways to enhance our traditional work of planning the annual governance meeting, liaising with chapters and societies, stewarding the process of member comments on the parameters and standards, and facilitating and sponsoring policy resolutions.
CSC Contributions to Policy Resolutions at ACR 2015
During the summer of 2014, CSC members were fully engaged in the development of resolutions and drafted resolutions covering a broad range of topics, including patient advocacy, professionalism, diversity, diagnostic interpretation by radiologists, the multiple procedural payment reduction, maintenance of certification, and processes for handling select practice parameters and technical standards.
All told, 24 resolutions were drafted during what we called the See One, Do One, Teach One Initiative. Each was considered by CSC Work Group II, under the leadership of chair Richard Strax, MD, FACR. From those draft documents a total of 12 policy resolutions have been put forward to the council for consideration at ACR 2015. In a nod to the collaborative work of our legislative and executive branches, eight of the 12 resolutions are jointly sponsored by the CSC and Board of Chancellors. Additionally, a total of eight draft resolutions became the basis of newly adopted board policies and/or internal process documents. Overall, this exercise was a resounding success.
Planning, Promoting, and Orienting Members at ACR 2015
As speaker and vice speaker, we have been fully engaged in planning the Governance Pathway at ACR 2015. Our goal has been to communicate that “AMCLC content” has been preserved within the context of an expanded meeting format. As in previous years, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in the council meeting, hear from leaders in the field via the presidential address and Moreton Lecture, and celebrate the achievements of
our new fellows and gold medalists. They will also get to experience the best of what the ACR has to offer through expanded programming in advocacy, economics, and health policy; leadership; quality and safety; informatics and innovation; clinical education; and clinical research. Equally important, the new meeting format offers an expanded audience of members the opportunity to witness the council in session, participate in the deliberation of ACR resolutions, and engage in a moderated open-microphone discussion of the challenges we face in our practices.
CSC members have taken an active role in promoting the meeting to their colleagues via their liaison outreach and through participation in chapter and society meetings. With the input of CSC Work Group I, under the leadership of Jacqueline A. Bello, MD, FACR, we have developed materials to orient both returning and new attendees to the council meeting. We also provided recommendations to market the meeting within the radiology community. As speaker and vice speaker, we developed a webinar as part of the newly launched Chapter Leadership Advancement Series to provide an overview of the ACR Council and ACR 2015. This webinar was offered live in early March and is available online to provide orientation to meeting attendees.
As I complete my second year as council speaker, I look back with pride on the CSC’s achievements, including the new procedures, orientation tools, and areas of collaboration with councilors, chapters, and staff. It has been a privilege to work with the CSC team and, most importantly, to work well with our outstanding vice speaker. I believe that I’ve left a solid foundation for Dr. Herrington to build on as council speaker for the next two years. Thank you for your support and for the opportunity to serve the College.
— Kimberly E.
Applegate, MD, MS, FACR
Improvements and Enhancements to Liaison Outreach
Under the leadership of Joseph G. Cernigliaro, MD, FACR, Work Group III continued to improve liaison outreach by developing resources, facilitating enhancements to outreach tools, and using liaison feedback to be responsive to chapter and society contacts. In the fall, as part of the newly adopted approach to outreach, CSC members were encouraged to introduce themselves to the full delegation of chapter and society councilors and alternate councilors. In addition, resources were developed to enable CSC members to provide pertinent information regarding current ACR activities and CSC initiatives on a regular basis.
For outreach in the spring, we used member feedback to further refine liaison work, provide materials to address common issues identified by chapters and societies, and develop a survey that would collect aggregate information for analysis by the CSC. Continued focus on refining liaison outreach to councilors proved valuable. Data from the fall outreach showed the highest response rates to date, with approximately 80 percent of outreach attempts resulting in success.
Additional CSC Highlights
The CSC, through Work Group IV, led by Sanjay K. Shetty, MD, MBA, continued to engage in IT-enabled projects this year and contributed to the use of ACR’s audience response system at ACR 2015, the development of a mobile app for the annual meeting, the introduction of a new grassroots module, and the vetting of collaboration tools for use by the College. We have also retained our focus on leveraging communication tools to engage members at the annual meeting, which includes the use of Twitter during open-microphone sessions and the popular social media training session.
In an effort to further inform and engage members, CSC members have drafted a series of three JACR® articles to provide background on the role of the BOC and CSC and address the chapters’ vital contributions to the ACR and the field of radiology.
A Look Ahead to 2015–2016
The 2015–2016 CSC, a combination of veteran and newly elected and appointed members, will build on the progress and achievements of the group before them. Work groups for 2015–2016 will be developed to ensure that the CSC continues to fulfill its mission: “to be the representative voice of the ACR membership, by facilitating and developing ACR policy.”