Radiation Oncology Corner: A New Year
I am excited and honored to be the RFS’ new radiation oncology representative over the next year! I hope to bring fun and relevant topics to you all each month to help shed light on hot button topics, or simply engage with leaders across our field to gain new insight and perspective!
I’d like to kick things off by sharing the radiation oncology residents’ perspectives from ACR 2018, and reflect on why it is so valuable for us to get involved in the College.
Benjamin Farnia, MD, PGY-3 at the University of Miami
While we did not have a large cohort at ACR 2018, I was glad to see representation by several radiation oncologists, particularly Nancy A. Ellerbroek, MD, Alan Hartford, MD, and Seth A. Rosenthal, MD, FACR. I left inspired by their contributions to our field and hope to follow their example. In terms of the ACR meeting, I was grateful that many sessions were tailored to resident physicians and provided invaluable information from social networking to engagement within the College.
Apar Gupta, MD, PGY-3 at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Attending the ACR meeting was an informative and enjoyable experience, with special sessions dedicated for residents and excellent opportunities to interact and connect with leaders in our field. The highlight was certainly the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies dinner where we networked and celebrated the new ACR radiation oncology fellows. Attending the meeting opened my eyes to how much health policy, economic, and advocacy work is done behind the scenes to sustain our profession.
Chelsea Miller, MD, PGY-3 at Loyola University of Chicago
Despite the small presence of radiation oncologists, I appreciated the collaborative nature of radiology and radiation oncology. We had separate caucuses specifically tailored to radiation oncology, during which we learned about specific issues that are important to our field. These meetings allowed us to advocate for ways to improve our profession and ensure we have a voice to be heard and represented within the ACR. It was also exciting to join everyone on Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of our patients.
Bob Press, MD, PGY-4 at Emory University
I gained a greater appreciation for the importance of healthcare advocacy and saw how critical it is to be involved in shaping economic policies to enable the best care for our patients. It was also wonderful to network with many of the thought-leaders in our field as well as residents from all over the country. I encourage other residents to consider attending in the future.
By Chelsea Miller, MD, radiation oncology resident at Loyola University Chicago