The 2015–2016 CSC begins its term with a refocused purpose and an ambitious list of goals.
The 2014-2015 was a very successful year for the Council Steering Committee (CSC), culminating with ACR 2015, an annual meeting for all members based around the theme the Crossroads of Radiology. A few of the highlights of the past year include significant planning for the new meeting, advancing the CSC liaison process, and passing a number of CSC generated and sponsored policy resolutions.
Among the policy resolutions approved by the council are new policies on diversity, professionalism, and expedited review of practice parameters and technical standards. The expedited review is designed to be used rarely, only when circumstances require a more nimble response to an emergent need. A referred policy on the radiologist as a clinician has been turned over by Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, chair of the Board of Chancellors (BOC), to a workgroup comprised of BOC and CSC members and chaired by Lawrence A. Liebscher, MD, FACR. This workgroup is tasked with bringing a new resolution back to the council that will reflect the spirit of the referred resolution. The group is further charged with developing a lexicon of terms to be used in future ACR publications. The Bylaws Committee will be tasked with developing an amendment to the bylaws to move the election of the member-in-training representatives to the Intersociety Conference from the council to the Resident and Fellow Section.
For the new year, seven new members have joined the CSC, and we have a newly elected vice speaker, Timothy L. Swan, MD, FACR. For appointees, I have made a concerted effort to find young councilors who can not only engage the new and younger members of the ACR but will also be in a position to provide leadership both now and in the future. The CSC still has enough senior members (including myself, with my theater discounts) to provide the mentoring and institutional knowledge to guide these new members. I expect all of our members to provide novel opinions and new ideas as we attempt to embrace the coming changes in health care delivery. It was made very clear before the appointees were chosen that they were expected to speak up, share their thoughts, and not be afraid to offer opposite positions to CSC leadership. We want varied opinions to coalesce to a consensus for the actions of the CSC, not self-resonance that leads to stagnation.
There will again be four workgroups addressing specific items under the purview of the CSC. Workgroup I, chaired by Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, FACR, will continue the process of reviewing annual meeting evaluations, summarizing the feedback, and presenting recommendations to the full CSC for the 2016 annual meeting.
Workgroup II, chaired by Richard Strax, MD, FACR, will review policies and procedures of the CSC and certain items within the Governance Pathway of the 2016 annual meeting. Many tasks performed by the CSC are ruled by tradition rather than documented process. However, it is a healthy exercise to create written procedures to be referenced by future groups, enhancing the performance of your CSC and codifying expectations of the individual members. Our hope is to provide the proper guidance to allow continued success.
Workgroup III, chaired by Catherine J. Everett, MD, MBA, FACR, will be devoted to the CSC liaison process and chapter relations. We made significant strides in enhancing the communication with councilors and alternate councilors over the past year, and further enhancement of this process will occur this year. For example, all councilors, alternates, and chapter leaders by now have received a communication containing all Practice Parameters and Technical Standards for the 2016 meeting. Councilors should be communicating throughout the year with their chapter members just as the CSC will be communicating with the councilors on a regular basis. Councilors should be active 365 days per year, not for just a few days at the annual meeting.
Workgroup IV, chaired by Andrew K. Moriarity, MD, will again be focused on IT. This includes looking at IT solutions utilized during the annual meeting and for other purposes, including a more robust electronic ACR Digest of Council Actions. We are aware of challenges encountered during our plenary session at the annual meeting and will seek to find solutions to those and others that are identified in meeting evaluations.
The workgroups have more to their charges than stated above, and updates on their work will be provided throughout the year as appropriate.
I look forward to being your speaker and to working with the new vice speaker and the CSC members. Please help us to represent you in providing the BOC with the information needed to implement College policy as we continue to strive to make the ACR the medical organization you value and willingly support.
By William T. Herrington, MD, FACR, Council Speaker