Liaison Outreach and Development of ACR Policy
CSC members focus on their primary roles and welcome member involvement.
During the summer and fall, the Council Steering Committee (CSC) has expended a significant amount of effort to support its mission and engage in both liaison work and the development of policy resolutions.
“To Be the Representative Voice of the ACR Membership”
As described in its mission statement, the CSC strives to be the representative voice of the ACR membership. To that end, CSC members engage in outreach to ACR chapters and those societies with representation on the council. The goals in reaching out are to identify issues of concern to the membership and encourage involvement in council-related activities — including commenting on practice parameters and technical standards, reviewing resolutions to be considered by the council, and attending the annual council meeting.
Traditionally, CSC outreach to the chapters has been focused on contacting chapter and society leaders (i.e., the president or chair), primarily by phone or email, twice a year (summer and late winter). As a result of recommendations from the CSC strategic planning task force and members of 2013–2014 CSC work group III, this year the CSC has adopted a new approach to its outreach efforts. While phone and email remain the primary means of communication, CSC members are focused this year on introducing themselves to the full delegation of chapter and society councilors and alternate councilors. In this way, CSC members seek to identify themselves early on as a resource to assist with all things council-related and as the primary source of information regarding CSC activities. Additionally, through a work group chaired by Joseph G. Cernigliaro, MD, FACR, and in coordination with governance and IT staff, the CSC hopes to facilitate ongoing communication with the council members in a shared online space. The end goal in changing the CSC approach to liaison work is to connect directly with those individuals who serve as representatives for their chapter or society and to develop an ongoing, year-round dialogue with the council to inform the work of the CSC.
Connecting Members With Their Representatives
Just as we want to strengthen the connection between councilors and the CSC, we also want to boost interaction between councilors and the membership at large. As a representative body, the council benefits from the input of all members — and, as a member, the best way to have your voice heard is to connect with your councilor. As a member of an ACR chapter or represented society, we want you to understand the role of the council and know who your councilors are and how to reach them. To that end, information is available online to orient you to the legislative body of the College and assist in connecting you with your representatives. Learn more at http://bit.ly/CSCinfo. To provide a truly representative voice, it’s imperative that the council is informed by the membership. The CSC will continue its work to help facilitate this connection.
“Facilitating and Developing ACR Policy”
During each annual meeting, the ACR council convenes with the primary purpose of debating and approving ACR policies. These policies establish priorities and practice parameters and technical standards, all of which cover a large variety of issues.
The mission statement of the CSC explains that the committee will be the representative voice of the membership by “facilitating and developing ACR policy.” Over the past few years, the CSC has developed resources to demystify the resolution process and provide guidance on drafting a resolution. Access these materials at http://bit.ly/CSCresources. Liaison outreach focuses on identifying potential issues that might lend themselves to a policy resolution, and CSC members stand ready to serve as a resource to help in drafting resolutions. In an effort to fully engage the CSC in the development of resolutions and ensure that everyone has experience with the process, all CSC members were encouraged to draft a resolution during summer 2014. All submitted resolutions were initially vetted by a work group chaired by Richard Strax, MD, FACR, and then reviewed by the full CSC during its fall retreat. Resolutions for the full council to consider will be made available in advance of the 2015 council meeting. Once final recommendations are approved, it is possible that some of what you see in the agenda materials will be a product of the CSC resolution writing assignment.
The ACR develops policy and position statements and adopts its practice parameters and technical standards through resolutions. Submitting resolutions is one way our members can have an influence on the work of the ACR. Resolutions may be submitted by the Board of Chancellors, Council Steering Committee, chapters, or individual councilors. As a member of the ACR, if you have an idea for a resolution that should be considered by the council, you are encouraged to contact your councilors or a member of your chapter leadership to discuss further; you can also contact a member of the CSC or ACR governance staff. While not every concern or issue will necessarily require a resolution, our leadership and staff are available to provide guidance and advice on the best avenue to pursue.
We are proud to provide a representative voice for the ACR membership and work with a dedicated group of volunteers who make themselves available to the council members throughout the year. The council is in a position to take on the issues that matter to ACR members and the specialty. We encourage all members to learn more about the important role of the council, and we invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the annual council meeting and lively debates on pending resolutions during ACR 2015 — the Crossroads of Radiology.
News from the Council Steering Committee
By Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR, Speaker of the Council, and William T.Herrington, MD, FACR, Vice Speaker of the Council