What Happened at AUR 2017?
Get a resident’s-eye-view of one of radiology’s biggest meetings
It was that time of the year again... when you meet the people that helped you grow or that grew with you, have good meals together, celebrate achievements, get valuable advice, and welcome new members to the family. No, I am not talking about Christmas or Thanksgiving. On May 8–11, 2017, the 65th AUR Annual Meeting attracted academic radiologists from around the country to sunny Hollywood, Fla., with the theme “Leading Change and Bringing Value.”
RFS Member Experience at ACR 2017: Part 1
The 2017 ACR meeting was an incredible behind-the-scenes experience into the political side of medicine and radiology.
My Amis Fellowship Experience
The stage lights were shining so brightly as I peered out into the enormous ballroom filled with hundreds of attendees at the 2017 ACR annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Nearly a year ago, when I had been selected for the ACR’s Amis Fellowship in Quality in Safety, I never imagined that I would be serving as a member of one of ACR’s four Reference Committees. Yet, here I was, sitting center-stage alongside much more senior ACR members, recording member comments regarding the rules and regulations that we had proposed.
May 2017 JACR Highlights
TI-RADS, social media enhancement of peer reviews journals, and exposure to medical imaging with RadiologyInfo.org — These are a few articles that may be helpful reading and practice for radiology residents in training. A supplemental edition was also printed in order to focus on revised ACR Appropriateness Criteria guidelines in nearly all modalities.
Deep Learning, Clinical Data Science and Radiology
At a packed ACR 2017 session on machine learning that delved into artificial intelligence (AI) and deep-learning algorithms, co-moderator Raym Geis, MD, FACR, vice chair of the ACR Informatics Commission, posed the question: What should radiologists think about machines that think?
ACR 2017 CEO and BOC Chair Reports
On Sunday, James A. Brink, MD, FACR, and William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACR, reported on the state of the ACR from the BOC chair’s perspective and the CEO’s perspective, respectively.
Ace Your Interviews
Get specialty-specific tips from a radiologist on the other side of the interviewer’s desk.
There’s no shortage of advice online about preparing for an interview. But what about radiology-specific information? At ACR 2017, attendees received advice tailored to the specialty from someone who’s interviewed many radiology candidates: Susan J. Ackerman, MD, FACR, associate professor of radiology, vice chair for clinical affairs in radiology, and division director of ultrasound at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
ACR 2017: A Day on the Hill
Radiologists from around the country flocked to Capitol Hill to take radiology’s message to Congress.
On Wednesday, ACR members went to Capitol Hill to advocate for the specialty and be the voice of radiology. Check out some of the action shots below. If you'd like to learn about the talking points for this year's Hill Day, please visit the Hill Day Prep page.
Connecting Hearts and Minds
Teamwork session offers tips for effective leadership.
Effective leaders connect their heads (how they think) and their hearts (how they feel) with their hands (what they do). That was one of the key takeaways from Tuesday’s educational session titled Teamwork: The Critical Enabler of Transformational Change. Bob Cancalosi, director of GE Global customer leadership education and member of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development, delivered the presentation to a group of about 50 conference attendees.
Cancalosi said a manager’s approach is important because research from the Corporate Leadership Council shows that “more than 70 percent of an employee’s commitment is based upon their manager’s actions” and that “engaged employees can yield up to 57 percent more discretionary effort.” It’s also well documented that the number one reason people leave their companies is because of their immediate managers.
“Here is something to think about,” Cancalosi said. “Every single day as a leader, when you wake up, where do you want to be on this equation? Do you want to be influencing the 70 and the 57, or do you want to be the reason that somebody is putting their resume out on Monster.com, trying to get the heck out of your organization?”
Managers can take several steps to ensure they have a positive impact on their teams, including helping their employees understand how their work aligns with their team’s and organization’s goals. One way they can do this is by repeatedly reminding employees how their work fits into the larger picture, Cancalosi said.
“When you repeat the same message six times over a period of time, you drive up retention of the message to 70 percent,” he said, citing a study from the University of California. “I just keep telling leaders: repeat to remember and remember to repeat, repeat to remember and remember to repeat. Keep telling the same story over and over.”
Another way leaders can build high-performing teams is by cultivating a sense of trust with their employees, Cancalosi said. Managers can foster trust by recognizing excellence, sharing information broadly and in context, and creating a candid environment where everyone can speak freely.
Along those same lines, Cancalosi noted that leaders should pay close attention to their body language. For instance, he said, when managers roll their eyes at employees, it immediately signals that they’re not interested in their employees’ contributions, and their employees will stop sharing ideas. “Your body will always say what your mouth will not,” Cancalosi said.
While numerous leadership models exist, Cancalosi said simply deploying a cookie-cutter style will not work. Leadership is situational and must be tailored to different environments and different moments in time. “As leaders, I believe one of our goals is to breathe life into people,” he said. “But there are times you do need to deflate them a little bit [when egos take over],” he said, adding that leaders must find the appropriate ratio for each scenario.
To close, Cancalosi repeated an acronym that he said he often shares with his clients. He asks them if they “H.A.V.E.” what it takes to be a great leader. “Are you humble, are you authentic, can you show vulnerability, and then do you show empathy?” he asked. “If you can get that on top of the brilliant IQs that we all won in the DNA lottery, that’s what makes up the best leaders and the best teams.”
By Jenny Jones, Imaging 3.0 specialist
In Case You Missed It
ACR 2017: Tuesday, May, 23
Here are the goings-on from day three of ACR 2017
In Case You Missed It
ACR 2017: Monday, May, 22
ACR 2017 has begun! Here are the goings-on from day two of the conference.
#ACR2017 in Tweets: Sunday, May 21
Find out what people are talking about at the ACR Annual Meeting.
The ACR’s first all-member annual meeting has been buzzing with social media activity from members from throughout the College. We've rounded up our favorite tweets from the meeting, highlighting memorable parts of this year's program. What were your top tweets this year?
In Case You Missed It
ACR 2017: Sunday, May, 21
ACR 2017 started off with a bang. Here are the goings-on from day one of the conference.
How Mentoring Can Benefit the Specialty
Although women make up nearly half of all medical students, they represent a significantly smaller proportion of radiologists, with the 2016 ACR workforce survey revealing that only 21.4 percent of radiologists are female.
Meet the Moreton Lecturer
Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, gives a sneak peek at his ACR 2017 session — and his take on the future of health care.
Health futurist and medical economist Jeff Bauer, PhD, recently talked to the ACR Bulletin about his upcoming Moreton Lecture at ACR 2017, Forecasting Futures of Radiology at the Crossroads: It’s All Downhill from Here on Up.
Primer on Radiology Advocacy
"An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. . ." — David Bornstein in How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas
Residents and fellows are perfectly positioned to be effective advocates as we are accustomed to championing our patients and specialty from our reading rooms, angio suites and clinics every day; however, most of us are not comfortable pursuing state and national advocacy opportunities. This daunted me, too when I was first getting started, but rest assured, there are countless opportunities to get involved (and options compatible with almost everyone’s time budget).
Let’s review a few pieces of advice I have learned along the way and share some opportunities for you to get started advocating today!
Meet the ACR Leadership: Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR
This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR.
April 2017 JACR Highlights
Is There a Doctor on Board?
The thought of this title may send shivers down your non-clinical spine. Colleagues often jest that radiologists are loners hiding in a dark room away from civilization, who have little interaction with any patients.
Social Media Primer
Four years ago, the night before my very first ACR national meeting, I signed into an, until that point, unused Twitter account.
YPS Executive Committee – Yearly Recap
Over the past year, the ACR YPS Executive Committee (EC) has been busy and productive.
Part I: ACR 2017 Advocacy Essentials and Capitol Hill Day; What You Need to Know
A crucial component to the yearly ACR meeting is advocacy, including the Capitol Hill Day visits. This year, exciting new elements will be unveiled in addition to the traditional programming which has been so effective in our profession’s advocacy efforts.
Onboarding: Achieving Long-term Success for the Practice and New Radiologist
The many years of education and training physicians undergo provides them with multiple transitions to new environments as learners and professionals.
Why I Got Involved
Several years ago as a second year resident, one of my senior residents approached me in the hallway and said, “I think you’d make an excellent leader. You should join the Massachusetts Medical Society.”
Meet the ACR Leadership: William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR
This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR.
Primer on Patient and Family Centered Care
Radiology is changing and not in the way you may think. Advances in imaging technology have always shaped our chosen profession and will continue to do so throughout our training and during our future practice. But it is not a new technology or imaging modality that is bringing change to radiology. Rather, it is a concept that is not new at all: patient- and family-centered care (PFCC).
RFS Journal Club: Alternative Payment Models in Radiology
This month’s resident and fellows journal club featured an article written by Ezequiel Silva III, MD, Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, Danny R. Hughes, PhD, and Richard Duszak Jr, MD entitled, “Alternative Payment Models in Radiology: The Legislative and Regulatory Roadmap for Reform,” which was featured in the October 2016 edition of the JACR®.
The Moorefield Fellowship Experience
This past October, I was honored to participate in the American College of Radiology Moorefield Fellowship in Economics and Health Policy.
A Day in the Life of UVA Resident Connor Louden, MD
New and prospective residents are often curious about what their daily life will be like as radiology residents. Here’s a typical day described by Connor Louden, a third-year diagnostic radiology resident at UVA.
RSNA Resident and Fellow Council
As a trainee, we are often so focused on our own education that it can become easy to allow non-clinical interests to fall aside. However, both the ACR and RSNA offer valuable opportunities for trainees to get involved in organized radiology.
January 2017 JACR Highlights
Four Reasons to Use Social Media
Everyone knows social media is the place to find cute cat pictures and laugh-out-loud memes. But it’s also a space where serious discussions unfold and true interpersonal connections are cultivated — as many radiologists can attest.
2017 RFS Call for Nominations
A Primer on Machine Learning
Machine Learning (ML) and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools have become a staple in the non-medical and medical news as these techniques are applied to increasingly complex challenges. Much like the term "big data," these terms get loosely applied to varied projects, but it is important to know the fundamentals and situations where ML can be effectively applied.
JACRⓇ December 2016 Highlights
The December issue of the JACRⓇ covers, health care spending, nonclinical mini-fellowships, and self-aggrandization among other things. There was also a special issue dedicated to patient and family centered care. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.
The Importance of Self-Motivation in a Non-Clinical Mini-Fellowship
One morning during my fourth-year mini-fellowship in quality and patient safety, I walked into work and ran into one of the radiology fellows, who was surprised to find that I had arrived on time. “My mini-fellowship involved watching ESPN in my underwear,” he quipped.
Meet the ACR Leadership: Alexander Norbash, MD, FACR
This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR.
Becoming a Change Leader
This year’s RLI Summit discussed machine learning and how to place patients in the center of care.
September 8-11 2016, marked another successful collaboration between the Radiology Leadership Institute(RLI)® through the American College of Radiology and one of the nation's top business schools, Babson College.
Spreading the Word about Global Radiology by Starting a Dedicated Journal
Helping others abroad is a large and immensely important part of global radiology. I would like to take a moment to highlight a few other parts that I have had the opportunity to watch blossom. These too add to the infrastructure of this essential movement.
Backbreaking Work: The Ergonomics of Radiology
As diagnostic radiologists, we are often perceived as having less physically demanding jobs than many of our colleagues in other specialties. We are not rounding for hours, constantly bending over to examine patients, or standing at an operating table for marathon surgeries.
IDOR Celebration Success: How One Practice Made the Most of the Day
November 8, 2016 marked the 121st anniversary of the groundbreaking discovery of the X-ray by Wilhelm Röntgen.
Meet the ACR Leadership: Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR
This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, Vice Chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC). She was previous Chair of the Commission on Economics and assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Recap of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting: A Radiology Resident’s Perspective
The 2016 Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) recently convened in Orlando, FL, from November 11‒November 15.
3 Things to Read Today
This week we’re looking at the benefits of noncontrast MR angiography for some patients; why adding ultrasound during nondense breast imaging may not be necessary; the potential “pitfalls” in pediatric imaging, and more.
RFS Voices: The Radiology Match: Perspectives of A Current and Former Caribbean Medical Student
ASTRO Annual Meeting
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) just wrapped up its annual meeting in beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of this year’s 58th annual event was “Enhancing Value, Improving Outcomes,” and did it ever ring true.