A Resident’s View of ACR Capitol Hill Day and Radiology Advocacy

A resident learns about ACR advocacy thanks to the generosity of MORADS.

captiol columnsAs one of the fortunate radiology residents chosen to represent the Missouri Radiological Society (MORADS) at the ACR 2017 Annual Meeting and Capitol Hill Day, I had the pleasure of learning some hands-on advocacy information on what it takes to support radiologists’ interests as they pertain to patient care and other important aspects.

Becoming familiar with the political involvement necessary to maintain radiology’s standing in the forefront of medicine is one of the principal concepts that I took away from being on Capitol Hill.

The goal of the trip was to advocate for maintaining reimbursement for screening procedures for breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer; expanding Medicaid coverage for CT Colonography; and preserving funding for the National Institutes of Health. The radiology Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) prepared for the Capitol Hill Day by attending several meetings on how to optimize our interactions with senators and representatives. Our representatives from MORADS met personally with Senator Roy Blunt and spoke with Senator McCaskill’s aides. We also met with representatives and aides from Missouri’s seven districts. Advocating for our field face-to-face with these representatives and senators was a great experience and set the foundation for us to stay involved with the political scene as it is pertinent to radiologists.

In addition to the Capitol Hill Day, the RFS attended several educational meetings ranging from topics on MACRA and interviewing skills to enjoying group conversations with great orators such as the CEO for GE, Jeff Immelt, the ACR Chief Science Officer, Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, and the Moreton lecturer, Jeffery Bauer, PhD. After listening to these speakers, I know radiologists will maintain their integral part in health care, especially in the emerging field of the artificial intelligence expansion.

Thank you to MORADS for allowing the Missouri RFS to attend the ACR annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Through the generosity of MORADS, approximately two residents from each Missouri radiology residency were sponsored to attend this meeting. By our involvement with MORADS, we gained a wealth of knowledge about advocating for radiology. It is my hope that radiology residents will continue to attend these events and to learn the importance of advocacy in our field.

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 By Joseph Loeb, DO, radiology resident at University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

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