The Intersociety Committee and Summer Conference
Established in 1979 but with roots dating back to the 1930s, the Intersociety Committee is a freestanding committee of the ACR. It’s mission is to “establish and promote communication among the leaders of national radiological societies and to provide them with open access to all the resources of the College through the committee, with the chair serving as an ombudsman for all radiologic organizations.”
This committee meets yearly at a “summit” meeting at which the leaders of the member societies discuss topics affecting all of radiology. The current membership of the Intersociety Committee includes representatives from nearly 50 organizations and two certifying boards.
To find out more about the Intersociety Committee, Colin Segovis, MD, secretary of the RFS, interviewed Mary W. Huff, MD, who attended the 2015 Intersociety Summer Conference and is a breast imaging fellow at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
How did you learn about the Intersociety Committee position?
I learned about the committee through involvement with the ACR during residency training. The Intersociety Summer Conference meetings are held in different locations every year by invitation only for leaders from a spectrum of organizations in radiology. Two members-in-training are invited to attend the meeting each year. I read summary papers from previous meetings, which are published annually in JACR®, to learn more about the mission and activities.
Are residents always appointed or elected?
Historically residents would be recommended to the College Nominating Committee and, based on the resident applications, that committee would select candidates to run for the elected positions. Residents who are interested in serving are encourage to apply! Submit your application by December 15, 2015, to be considered for the 2016 meeting.
What was the process for getting elected?
After receiving notice that I was one of the four candidates recommended by the College Nominating Committee to run for one of the two member-in-training spots at the Intersociety Conference, I started thinking about ideas for my speech for the election. Every candidate is expected to give a two-minute speech during the ACR Council Opening Session during the annual ACR meeting in D.C. I also participated in a Meet-the-Candidates Forum. Shortly after the Council Opening Session, elections were held and we were informed of the outcome of the vote.
Why did you apply for the position?
The mission of the Intersociety Committee is very much aligned with my own belief that collaboration and organization are essential for economies of scale. We must integrate our efforts if we plan to develop effective, sustainable services. I was excited for the possibility to attend the Intersociety Summer Conference as a member-in-training because I aspire to fill some meaningful leadership roles in national and international radiology throughout my career. I thought the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of radiologist leaders would be stimulating and instructional.
What was your most valuable experience in serving for the position?
The most valuable aspect of attending the conference was the opportunity to meet so many inspiring leaders in the field of radiology. The topic of this year’s conference, “Driving Innovation in Radiology,” was also very timely. The ideas presented at the conference arise on a frequent basis in my daily work, in which I strive for innovation in technology, education, and operations. I was honored to attend the meeting and represent the members-in-training preparing to embark on careers in radiology.
The Intersociety Committee serves as a mechanism to unify the message of the radiology community. Serving as a representative to the Intersociety Summer Conference is a great way to get involved in the community of radiology. Interested in applying for the Intersociety Committee member-in-training position?