RADxx — A Networking Group for Women in Informatics

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RADxx, a new networking group for the advancement of women in informatics, is garnering momentum. 

This initiative, led by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the ACR BOC, was established to cultivate mentorship and networking opportunities for women in radiology, informatics, and information technology management, as well as bring diversity to informatics leadership. RADxx was unveiled at the 2016 RSNA annual meeting and spurred interest in informatics among women in all subspecialties and career levels of radiology.

At the 2017 RSNA meeting, RADxx hosted a reception with over 180 people in attendance, demonstrating the stalwart support and interest of the radiology community. The recipients of the first annual RADxx awards are:

• Advocate — Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
• Trailblazer — Katherine P. Andriole, PhD, associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and director of research strategy and operations at the Massachusetts General Hospital and BWH Center for Clinical Data Science
• Champion — Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical informatics at Stanford University
• Rising Star — Judy W. Gichoya, MD, a radiology resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

To learn more about the awards, please visit: http://radxx.ambrahealth.com/awards/.

The third RADxx tweet chat, held on Oct. 5, 2017, was hosted by McGinty and Amy L. Kotsenas, MD, neuroradiologist and associate professor at Mayo Clinic. The questions revolved around how imaging informatics leaders got into informatics, how many years it took them to get to their current position, training programs that helped informatics leaders in their professions, and career options that are open to those with expertise in imaging informatics. The tweet chat could be tracked with the hashtag #RADxx, and garnered more than 4.3 million impressions and 816 total tweets!

RADxx will be hosting its fourth tweet chat in January on the topic, “New Year, New You - Career Guidance You Can Use.” Please follow @ambrahealth for updates on the tweet chat.

Tentatively, RADxx receptions will be held at the upcoming Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Meeting as well as the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine Annual Meeting. More information will be released in the coming months.

Informatics is far reaching, and is applicable to all radiology subspecialties, including breast imaging. According to McGinty, “We need to stop putting a fence around informatics and all need to be informaticians to optimally position ourselves for the future.”

According to Cook, who is also a RADxx steering committee member, “RadXX brings together veterans and neophytes in imaging informatics, in particular, women in radiology and medical imaging looking to get more involved in the specialty. Thanks to the generous support of Ambra Health and the mentorship of leaders such as Dr. Geraldine McGinty, RADxx has been able to not only connect imaging informatics experts to those with interest in the field, but also to recognize the value of mentorship and the importance of building a community around women in imaging informatics.”

RADxx is open to women and men throughout radiology and informatics. All are welcome! For more information on RADxx, including how to sign up for updates, upcoming events, and the newsletter, please visit: http://radxx.ambrahealth.com.

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