How did you get involved in ACR leadership?
A little bit of luck and willingness to say yes were the key ingredients to my early ACR involvement. One of the senior residents at my program was unable to represent our state at the 2006 ACR annual meeting, so I requested permission to attend.
When I arrived at the meeting, the auditorium was filled with radiologists dedicated to and excited about the future of radiology. I instantly knew that I was surrounded by something powerful. The next day I ran for my first elected seat as secretary of the RFS. Once I was plugged into the executive committee, my attention was drawn to the economic and governmental facets of health care delivery. When my participation was requested for another committee or opportunity to pitch in, I simply said yes.
Young physicians should get involved with the ACR early and begin to develop a construct from which to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. There are endless niche areas — whether you’re interested in information technology, molecular imaging, artificial intelligence, leadership, business development, or a modality-specific focus. The ACR has representation within each of these disciplines, and there is always an opportunity to be involved.
I urge you to take the initiative to determine what makes you excited to get to work each day. Then find a way to deploy the resources available through the ACR to enrich your own practice. For me, it was leadership development, which led to the management and administrative track I pursued, culminating in chief of staff. The best advice I received? No matter what, put the patient first.
Charles W. Bowkley III, MD, neurointerventional radiologist, Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology, and chief of staff, Wyoming Medical Center