Q:Why is it important to participate in your state chapter?
Curiosity led me to attend my first Missouri Radiological Society (MORADS) meeting. I felt like a confused child looking into a bowl of alphabet soup — unintelligible acronyms, like HIPAA and MU, constantly floated by in discussions.
As I attended more meetings, my familiarity increased, I learned new things, and I found I could follow and contribute to discussions. From the beginning, I realized that I got more out of MORADS than it got out of me.
Eventually I assumed the role of secretary-treasurer. I was able to clarify our organization's finances, enabling MORADS to better prioritize its spending. Others appreciated my work. I was able to use the information I learned from the MORADS meetings to update my group's business practices.
My involvement with my state chapter has helped me fight burnout in my practice. As secretary-treasurer, I attend annual AMCLC meetings in Washington, D.C., allowing me to network with radiologists across Missouri and from other states as we work together to improve our shared specialty.
"I strongly encourage radiologists to participate in their state chapters. Even a meager time commitment pays dividends."
— Karen F. Goodhope, MD, FACR
The collegiality I experience in my chapter is an important asset in staying engaged and excited about my work.
My chapter activities have been a relatively small commitment of time, but my involvement helps me personally and professionally, while benefitting radiologists and patients throughout the swtate. I strongly encourage radiologists to participate in their state chapters. Even a meager time commitment pays dividends.
Karen F. Goodhope, MD, FACR, President, Central Radiology Group, St. Louis