JACR Highlights – April 2018
Facing the Guilt and Commemorating the Victims: German Radiology and Radiation Oncology During National Socialism
The 173rd birthday of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen has come and gone without much reflection on the numerous contributions that the greats before us, such as Becquerel, Curie, and even Röntgen himself, were responsible for. It is also just as easy to forget disparaging times in our not-so-distant past where the applications in the fields ofradiology and radiation oncology were used for the gains of science, without a thought for the human life. As a self-proclaimed lover of history, my interest was piqued when I saw an article that reflected on radiology during the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Not only did I find it a fascinating read but it also reinforced the ACR’s position on strengthening the radiology approach to a patient-centered focus.
Point/Counterpoint: Research and the Radiology Resident
-Point: Eliminating Required Research in Radiology Residency
-Counterpoint: Research in Residency is Meaningful and Important
This month’s point/counter point focuses on the current requirement for a radiology resident to participate in a research project during training. No matter how you feel on this subject, I promise you that the perspective from each side is well-articulated and will stimulate further discussion on this topic beyond what is written on paper.
Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Participation: Radiologists Can Run but Cannot Hide
Radiology and the rest of the world of medicine is now entirely entrenched in the new world of reimbursement. As reflected in the title and in the article, it is clear that there is no getting out of the requirements — no matter the size or type of your group or practice. Continuing to reinforce your knowledge of these details as a resident will only strengthen your bargaining power when you are looking for a practice at the conclusion of your training.
AI in Healthcare: Brave New World or Golden Opportunity?
The inaugural installment of the “Data Science and Radiological Practice” collection lived up to my expectations and excitement as a millennial who is choosing to embrace the future of the partnership between the radiologist and AI. This partnership, however, is not new when you think back to the advances that have taken place in modality-specific and support apparatus-specific innovations that we deal with as a mainstay in radiology today. I will look forward to this bimonthly column and the perspectives, advances, and policies that are reveled with each new installment in the future.
Optimizing Recruitment Into Radiology: Some Simple Approaches to Controlling Bias
Match Day 2018 has recently come and gone. However, there is always a need for some degree of internal reflection in the outcomes of the match by the program. Though the idea of evaluating the percentile for which your matched candidates were drawn from is an important reflection on your program’s competitiveness, it is just as important to reflect on the possible outcomes in the overall diversity of your matched candidates. A more diverse cohort of residents results in a more balanced program of both trainees and attendings, whereby this effect is cumulative in the years to come. The recruitment process is a platform where many conscious and unconscious biases may present if you and your program are not aware. I am certain that after reading this article you may find yourself reflecting on whether there were any occasions where you may have portrayed a certain bias without realizing.
Christopher Mutter, DO, ACR-RFS secretary and diagnostic radiology resident at Spectrum Health Michigan State University College of Human Medicine