ACR Bulletin September 2017

Sometimes Innovation Is Saying No

Aligning college resources with our strategies and priorities

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Steve Jobs once said, “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things.”

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Economics Goes Local

Thanks to MACRA, some changes to the way we practice are
originating at the regional level before rolling out nationwide.

The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is often described as a shift in payment policy from volume to value. MACRA could also be described as a shift from national to local.

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Embracing Diversity

What does it mean to commit to diversity? 

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We’ve long known that radiology is one of the least-diverse specialties, lagging behind much of medicine when it comes to participation by women and under represented minorities. But knowing this is not the same as doing something about it. Now is the time to move past awareness and take steps to conquer our biases as well as attract and welcome a more diverse set of physicians into our specialty.

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Understanding MACRA and Informatics

A quick-start guide to leveraging today’s technology to survive and thrive in the value-based future


When it comes to leveraging innovative technology, radiology has always been a leader in medicine. But the advent of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has changed the reimbursement landscape, and radiology must adjust its approach.

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The Echo Chamber Effect

How to avoid insularity and seek diverse perspectives.

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Imagine a small, enclosed space where a sound reverberates off the walls, repeating over and over again. This is an echo chamber — a literal space that’s filled with lots of sound, but what we hear is the same.

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The Culture of Radiology

Does your reading room look like your waiting room?

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There’s a lot of talk about what the future of radiology will look like. Usually that discussion revolves around the role technology will play as machine learning and artificial intelligence enter practice.

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Final Read

What does being an ACR member mean to you?

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The terrific thing about being a radiology resident is that the second we matriculate into our programs, we are automatically members of the ACR. With this membership, we are a part of a very large organization of residents, fellows, attending physicians, and retired physicians who have made their mission entirely about securing our future and advocating for radiology.

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In Good Conscience

Everyone is guilty of unconscious bias. How can you disrupt the pattern?


In the late 20th century, orchestras had a gender problem. More specifically, in 1979 the top five orchestras in the U.S were made up of fewer than five percent women. But as time went on, female participation rose to 10 percent in the 1980s and then 25 percent in 1997.

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Leading Image

So what if you don’t fit the mold of a stereotypical leader? I don’t.


When we picture the proverbial leader, most of the archetypes we go to have a couple of things in common. They’re often white, they’re usually male, and pretty much none of them look like me. But I’m out here teaching, running businesses, and — yes — leading.

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