ACR 2018: Thinking Differently
ACR 2018 kicked off with the 26th annual RFS meeting. After an introduction from Colin Segovis, MD, PhD, the outgoing RFS chair, the keynote address was delivered by Vice Speaker Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, FACR. Duszak urged the RFS to “think differently” about how we measure and provide value as radiologists. “Always assume we can do something better,” said Duszak. He emphasized the need for radiologists to support value-based care with concrete data and urged us to act as patient advocates through our practice.
Following Duszak’s keynote, breakout discussion tables were hosted by resident leaders on getting involved — a helpful icebreaker for first-time attendees. The rest of the day included a networking primer by Amy Patel, MD, breast radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor in radiology at Harvard Medical School; a humorous and insightful “how-to” guides for successful interviewing from Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, RLI chief medical officer; an examination of potential pitfalls in radiologists’ use of social media by Tom Hoffman, JD, ACR’s legal counsel; and a timely session on engagement and public speaking by Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, chair of the Commission on Economics. These presentations were followed by rapid-fire updates from the various RFS subcommittees and RFS candidates’ speeches, and then the RFS election officially opened.
The next morning, Segovis led the RFS caucus meeting to highlight upcoming resolutions that may impact the RFS. Resolutions discussed included Res. 12(a)1. Non-Compete Clauses in Residency and Fellowship Contracts, Res. 22. Introduce Undergraduate Students to the Professions of Radiological Care, and Res. 41. Uninterrupted Governance Time at ACR Annual Meeting. A workforce update led by Claire E. Bender, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Human Resources, and Chris McAdams, MD, was reassuring to trainees beginning their job searches. David Youmans, MD, Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) chair, led the RAN/RADPAC® update. Youmans observed that small, consistent amounts of time dedicated to advocacy efforts tend to have a higher return on investment than a single, more exhaustive, contribution of time.
RFS election results were also announced on the second morning of the conference. The new officers are as follows:
- Daniel Ortiz, MD, formally assumed the role of RFS chair
- Monica J. Wood, MD, was elected vice-chair
- Nathan Coleman, MD, was elected secretary.
- Michael Lee, MD, was elected advocacy liaison and AMA delegate
- Jamaal Benjamin, MD, was elected communications chair
The education liaison for 2018-19 is Patricia Balthazar, MD, and the new radiation oncology representative is Chelsea Miller, MD. The new RFS nominating committee consists of Saba Khan, DO, Alisha Capps, MD, and Cameron Adler, MD.
Other RFS-specific activities on day two included a career pathways panel moderated by C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, director of pediatric IR at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and a joint RFS-SRS entrepreneurship panel hosted by McKinley Glover IV, MD, MHS. Both panels stressed the need for active communication when searching for the right career fit or other entrepreneurial opportunities. The question of what constitutes “value” in radiology was once again raised, and panelists mentioned an investigation by Samir B. Patel, MD, founder and director of the value management program at Radiology, Inc., in Mishawaka, Ind., as a helpful starting point.
RFS members were present and active throughout the remainder of the meeting. A speed mentoring session with ACR leaders was better-attended by RFS members than last year. State contingents were bolstered by their RFS members while preparing for and participating in the Hill Day. Many activities leading to individual chapter awards were spearheaded by the efforts of state RFS chapters. As Moreton Lecturer, Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, challenged the Council to “think differently,” RFS members listened in, knowing they had at least a three-day head start.
Nathan Coleman, MD, is ACR-RFS secretary, and a radiology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine.