ACR Weekend Reads: Population Health Management
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on the timely topic of Population Health Management and learn about what radiologists can do to improve the health of patient populations while reducing costs and becoming more efficient at the same time.
JACR® March Highlights
RO Corner: A Letter to Fourth-Year
As we approach that time of year when rank list submissions are due, I wanted to offer my two cents to fourth-year students who are about to enter the field of radiation oncology.
ACR Weekend Reads: Black History Month
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? In honor of Black History Month, check out these ACR Weekend Reads for a pulse check on the status of diversity and inclusion in radiology.
ACR Weekend Reads: QPP
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Take a look at these ACR Weekend Reads (and a bonus video!) on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and get some insight from experts into what it means for you and your practice.
My “Amazing Amis” Fellowship Experience
Through my physician journey, I have come to realize that I am driven by the desire to deliver high-quality care, while providing exceptional patient experiences. Breast imaging, more than any other specialty, not only encourages me in my pursuit but also expects me to pursue these aims. I have been involved in multiple quality improvement and patient safety initiatives as a radiology resident at the Augusta University Medical Center, which subsequently led me to apply to the ACR’s E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in Quality and Safety.
Reflections From a Moorefield Fellow
My introduction to the economic aspects of healthcare began early in medical school. While I had no previous economics or business experience (I was a history major during college), I was quite fortunate that Baylor College of Medicine offered a business and medicine elective during my first year. I will admit that, initially, a large draw was the generous amount of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches provided during each class. However, our professor proved to be an extremely engaging speaker, with his experience as an insurance executive allowing him to provide a truly unique perspective on the intersection of business and medicine. I still remember how he remarked that in the financial world, doctors are known for their “high income, no business sense.”
ACR Weekend Reads: Strategic Planning
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Kick off the New Year with these ACR Weekend Reads on the importance of strategic planning and organizational strategy in radiology.
ACR Weekend Reads: R-SCAN
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on R-SCAN® --the ACR Radiology Support, Communications and Alignment Network -- and how it empowers radiologists to take the first step in building a collaborative and consultative relationship with their referring clinicians, provide better patient care at lower cost, reduce errors and unnecessary imaging, and improve quality and safety.
JACR® December Highlights
ACR Weekend Reads: Time Management
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on time management and how to improve productivity and quality of life.
JACR® November Highlights
ACR Weekend Reads: International Efforts
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads surrounding the work that ACR and its members do to learn about and help improve radiology services worldwide.
ACR Weekend Reads: Lung Cancer Screening
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? During this Lung Cancer Awareness Month, check out these ACR Weekend Reads featuring discussions, studies, and stories involving lung cancer screening today.
ACR Weekend Reads: Breast Imaging
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out these ACR Weekend Reads featuring case studies, stories and discussions around breast imaging today.
Just How Much Does That Imaging Study Cost?
As patients shoulder a larger share of their healthcare spending, the executive director of one radiology practice wonders how quality can be incorporated into imaging decisions.
Without a doubt, patients are shouldering a larger portion of their healthcare spending these days. This takes the form of higher premiums, deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. In my role as the executive director of Grand Traverse Radiologists, PC, I have observed that, as a result of these higher costs, patients are beginning to demand greater price transparency — a trend that is also borne out in the literature.
ACR Weekend Reads: Women in Radiology
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads for various perspectives on the ever-changing climate for women in radiology.
The Future of Medical Imaging
The ACR Annual Conference on Quality and Safety will highlight the role of AI and informatics in radiology.
Top quality and data science experts will convene to share the latest tools and insights on how AI can be used to optimize business efficiencies and high-level patient care at the 2018 ACR Conference on Quality and Safety. This year’s meeting — to be held in Boston, October 26–28 — will mark the 10th anniversary of ACR’s quality and safety gathering.
ACR Weekend Reads: AI
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on the burgeoning relevance of AI in the field of radiology and how radiologists can best equip themselves for change.
ACR Weekend Reads: Emotional Intelligence
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on the key role emotional intelligence plays in a fulfilling and successful radiology career.
ACR Weekend Reads: Diversity
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on an inventory on the current state of diversity in radiology, what some leaders are doing to address it, and tips for improving it within your own workplace.
ACR Weekend Reads: Burnout
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads surrounding the exigent topic of burnout: what it is, how it affects patients and radiologists, what other radiologists are doing to address it, and what you can do to avoid it.
ACR Weekend Reads: Honing Leadership Skills
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads which include stories, studies, and strategies surrounding optimal leadership in your field.
JACR® August Highlights
Preparing for RSNA 2018
First time attending the big meeting in Chicago? Here are some tips for new attendees.
Winter is coming… along with the largest medical conference of the year. For the first-timer, the RSNA meeting overwhelms the senses. Vendors arrange the newest equipment on plush carpet that will soon to trampled by thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world. Academic elites clash with the titans of industry. How does the junior resident or medical student survive? Below are few tips from a resident insider to assist you in planning your trip to the Windy City this November.
Radiation Oncology Corner: Preventing Resident Burnout
A new academic year is upon us and with it comes the excitement of new colleagues and mentors, advancement to a more senior level, and an increase in responsibilities. The effects of resident burnout have been well-documented in several journals and often linked to long hours in high-stress environments that we have little control over. The results of such emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and depersonalization are poor work performance, which can negatively affect patient care. Most of these studies have evaluated burnout in the fields of internal medicine, family medicine, and various surgical subspecialties. In oncology specifically, it has been noted that rates of physician burnout continue to be high.
ACR Weekend Reads: Report to the Patient
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on the benefits of structured and readable report writing for you, your practice, and your patients.
ACR Weekend Reads: Social Media
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on how social media can help radiologists forge relationships with their colleagues, referring physicians, and patients.
My Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship Experience
In June, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., as part of the ACR Rutherford-Lavanty fellowship in government relations. This prestigious fellowship offers radiology residents a rare opportunity to experience, first-hand, how healthcare policies are formed in our nation’s capital. Named in honor of the first ACR lobbyist, J.T. Rutherford, and Donald F. Lavanty, ACR’s principal legislative consultant for 42 years, the fellowship began in 1993 and close to 200 enthusiastic radiology residents have participated in the program. On average, three to eight radiology residents serve as fellows, spending one week at the ACR’s government relations office working with staff on current healthcare issues affecting the specialty.
JACR® July Highlights
2018 AMA Annual Meeting Recap
While radiologists are increasingly showing their willingness to advocate on behalf of their specialty, there are issues of a certain scope and scale that demand that the entire house of medicine work in concert. When legislators and their constituents want to hear from doctors as a whole, the AMA — the largest single physician organization in the U.S. — is relied upon to craft and communicate a response. That is what the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) — composed of over 500 representatives from every level of training and specialty — sought to do at the recent AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Radiation Oncology Corner
Social Media in the RO Community
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Miriam A. Knoll, MD, a radiation oncologist at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. We discussed the topic of social media and its importance in the field of radiation oncology. Despite its significant impact on our field, many have been slow to adopt social media as a tool. Knoll has been very successful in using it, and has valuable insights into the topic. Follow Miriam A. Knoll, MD on Twitter @MKnoll_MD and on Instagram @Dr.Mimi.K.
Here’s What You Missed
Given all the recent hype surrounding informatics, anticipation for the 2018 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in Washington, D.C., was high. Attendees may have had visions of terminator robots repurposed to produce diagnostic reports, holographic virtual reality reading rooms, or computers that detected blood products in the skull faster than humans dancing in their heads. It may have come as only a mild disappointment, then, for them to discover only one of those was unveiled at SIIM.
YPS: 2017-2018 Executive Committee Update
The ACR YPS consists of members of the College who are either under the age of 40 or within their first eight years of practice following the completion of training. The YPS comprises over 6,000 members and is represented by a seven-member executive committee that is elected by those members attending the College’s annual meeting each May. The members of the Executive Committee (EC) for the 2017-2018 term were:
ACR Weekend Reads: Patient-Centered Care
Looking for content to peruse with your coffee this weekend? Check out these ACR Weekend Reads on the importance of patient-centered care in radiology.
Radiation Oncology Corner: A New Year
I am excited and honored to be the RFS’ new radiation oncology representative over the next year! I hope to bring fun and relevant topics to you all each month to help shed light on hot button topics, or simply engage with leaders across our field to gain new insight and perspective!
ACR 2018: A First-Time Attendee’s Perspective
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
ACR-RFS Goes to Washington
Left to right: Michael J. Lee, MD, Richard Goldman, MD, FACR, and Amir Pirmoazen, MD
ACR 2018 Hill Day was the perfect way to punctuate an incredibly successful meeting. Hundreds of residents and fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., for a dizzying five days of programming, including hearing from the smartest and most fearless minds in radiology, querying expert panels, electing brand new leadership, and reuniting with old friends and meeting countless others. The meeting culminated with us joining our respective state caucuses, donning our most persuasive business attire, and heading to Capitol Hill.
ACR 2018: Thinking Differently
ACR 2018 kicked off with the 26th annual RFS meeting. After an introduction from Colin Segovis, MD, PhD, the outgoing RFS chair, the keynote address was delivered by Vice Speaker Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, FACR. Duszak urged the RFS to “think differently” about how we measure and provide value as radiologists. “Always assume we can do something better,” said Duszak. He emphasized the need for radiologists to support value-based care with concrete data and urged us to act as patient advocates through our practice.
An informed healthcare consumer seeks care for recurrent kidney stones only to walk away with a steep bill. How could price transparency have helped?
During the nearly 20 years I practiced as a thoracic surgeon, medical technology and its costs spiraled exponentially. With the growing influence of insurance companies as third-party payers, most physicians have become familiar with the often opaque requirements which accompany requests for expensive imaging studies now used routinely, such as MRI and CT. During a recent attack of recurrent kidney stones, I encountered first-hand how this situation can negatively impact the patient. Even given my intimate knowledge of the inner workings of today’s healthcare system, I was surprised and ultimately frustrated with the myriad problems patients routinely encounter in seeking care.
Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship
How to Leverage Your MD in Business
The newly revamped RFS Economics Advisory Group hosted its first journal club webinar on April 23, 2018. The topic of discussion was “Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship: How to Leverage Your MD in Business.” RFS members submitted questions to an expert panel comprised of Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Ricky Caplin, MBA, Woojin Kim, MD, William Boonn, MD, and Jose Morey, MD. Collectively, their experience covers a broad array of topics, including informatics, healthcare start-ups, IT consulting, and AI.
May 2018 JACR Highlights
It’s that time of year again!
Radiation Oncology Corner
Getting to Know Candice A. Johnstone, MD
Meet the ACR Leadership: James V. Rawson, MD, FACR
In a brief paragraph, tell me about yourself, what spurred your involvement in the ACR and what has kept you going?
Early in my career, I became involve in the Georgia Radiological Society. I served as Education Chair and an Alternate Councilor from Georgia. This allowed me to see ACR from the Council floor. As I interacted more with ACR leaders, I got more involved serving on committees, chairing committees, and ultimately chairing the Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and becoming a member of the Board of Chancellors.
How to Make the Most of ACR 2018
- Understand the function of the ACR
The ACR is a unique body representing radiologists throughout the United States. In order to better understand what it does for its members, it is important to know how the organization functions. To that effect, there is a very important series of articles to read prior to your trip to Washington, D.C., in May:
Calling all #Radvocates!
A primer for ACR Capitol Hill Day 2018
On Wednesday, May 23, radiologists and radiation oncologists attending the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting will have the chance to meet their congressional representatives during the highly anticipated Capitol Hill Day. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned advocate, follow these simple tips to make the most of this unique opportunity to engage with our legislators on pressing issues affecting our patients and our profession.
Barriers to Choosing Radiology
When much of the general public thinks of a radiologist, they think of someone who sits in a dark room all day, staring at a computer. Another common perception is that radiologists choose the profession because it is the easiest job and garners the best pay. The last, and perhaps most upsetting perception, is that radiologists choose the field to avoid human contact. However, in my time as a medical student I have found radiologists to be some of the most sociable physicians that I’ve encountered.
Advocacy at-a-Glance and Capitol Hill Day: What You Need to Know About ACR 2018
ACR 2018 is steadily approaching! This year, the meeting will revert to its previous format where emphasis will be placed on governance and the business of advocating for radiology.
Advocacy kicks off the morning of Sunday, May 20. The RFS will host its own advocacy session where RADPAC® will discuss the integral role that trainees play in defining our profession’s future. RADPAC will also do a similar presentation at the YPS meeting on Sunday morning, stressing the importance of becoming involved in advocacy efforts early in one’s career. In addition to the RADPAC portion of the RFS meeting’s advocacy session, the Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) will discuss the integral role it plays in our advocacy efforts and ways to get involved. Advocacy at the state level will be discussed Sunday afternoon from 3:00-4:00 p.m., during a session titled “State Government Relations Strategies and Opportunities to Strengthen Your Advocacy Program.”
#HeForShe at ACR 2018
ACR members will stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality at the annual meeting
#HeForShe. You may have come across this hashtag on social media, in e-mails, and at ACR 2017. Have you ever wondered what it’s all about?
JACR Highlights – April 2018