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:
- How the ACR works: the Vital Role of the Council Steering Committee
- How the ACR works: the Board of Chancellors
- How the ACR works: The Chapters’ Vital Role
- Browse the meeting program
Visit the ACR 2018 page (www.acr.org/Lifelong-Learning-and-CME/Meetings-and-Course-Calendar/ACR-Annual-Meeting#Overview) to browse the program and available abstracts. For trainees, the RFS program starts bright and early on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. Don’t worry, coffee will be provided!
The RFS Executive Committee has a full day of activities planned, including a keynote on the value of healthcare by Vice Speaker Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, FACR. Be sure to stay for the candidate speeches and resident reception on Saturday evening so those of us on the EC can get to know you and help further the discussion from the “How to get involved” session! On Sunday, join us bright and early for the RFS breakfast and stick around for the career and entrepreneurship sessions. At noon, our programing will switch over to the general ACR meeting, but don’t forget the speed mentoring session at lunch on Monday and the Moreton Lecture on Tuesday! Wednesday is all about lobbying so break out your best suit and hop on the bus to Capitol Hill!
- Download the ACR Radiology Advocacy Network app (only available for iOS)
This app is a must for those participating in Hill day. It will provide you with the tools and information you need to successfully participate in ACR’s lobbying efforts. On this app, you will find all the information you need to get acquainted with the issues, and will be able to engage your representatives more effectively. On the app, you will find the event schedules as well as the congressional directory. By selecting the “talking points” icon, you can learn all about the issues that we face as a specialty this year. For 2018, the ACR is lobbying hard to increase National Institutes of Health funding, get approval for CT colonography, and support the Medicare Access to Radiology Care Act, which deals with the different rules currently affecting patient care provided by radiology assistants.
- Make sure your professional social media accounts are ready to go
Polish up that online presence before ACR 2018! During the meeting, there is furious activity on the Twitterverse, and you should be part of it! This is one way to network and be involved in all aspects of the meeting.
During the meeting, all kinds of information will be flooding your feed — from party invitations and educational pearls to new technology updates. To be in the know, make sure you follow @ACRRFS and the hashtag #ACR2018. Other useful hashtags are #radiology, #radres, #acrrfs, #acr, and #radleaders.
Also, if you are new to this, you can start by following the EC members on Twitter and expand from there! You can also find the top radiologists to follow on Twitter, and figure out the ontology. This will give you an idea of what others in our field are posting about and how to access it without having to know everyone. Retweet what you find interesting. It’s easy to do and can help get your feet wet!
Important point: if you have a personal Twitter account, create another professional account that is easy to find and identifies you as a radiologist prior to the meeting. Make sure to check out this post on how to get your professional profile started.
I hope you have found this helpful in preparing for the meeting and I hope to see you there.
By Michele Retrouvey, MD, ACR-RFS educational liaison