No Tricks, Just ACR Treats
My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." — Forrest Gump
Halloween is not far away, and many of us find our thoughts turning to tricks, treats, and boxes of chocolates.
It has been almost six months since I was installed as the chair of the Board of Chancellors (BOC), and so, in honor of this upcoming holiday, I'd like to share with you some ACR "treats" — exciting things happening at the College. And in some cases, we've performed daring tricks to bring them to you!
No Dues Increase
You may recall that a little over two years ago the ACR Council approved dues increases for November 2010 and November 2011. As part of a long-term strategy to keep dues at an appropriate level following those increases, the resolution also provided the ACR Budget and Finance Committee — with the advice and consent of the BOC and Council Steering Committee (CSC) — the ability to raise or lower the dues up to 3 percent per year after that.
I am happy to announce that we have enjoyed a very good year, thanks to effective management staff, including ACR CEO Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, and CFO Ken Korotky. Revenues are up and expenses are being kept under control. As a result, the Budget and Finance Committee, BOC, and CSC have voted to make no change for dues in 2013. We also need to recognize and thank ACR Secretary-Treasurer Anne C. Roberts, MD, FACR.
While future increases are certainly possible, and indeed are part of running an effective organization, I am pleased that we have been able to keep dues stable for the coming year. (For more about ACR's financial situation, see "What Do Your Dues Do?" on page 5 of this issue.)
A New Institute
In addition to ACR's strong financial portfolio, the executive committee of the BOC has voted unanimously to create and fund a new institute. The new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute is designed to gather information and explore research that is important to the economic issues of today. According to the institute's mission statement, "The College considers the ability to respond to the challenges to our specialty in the policy arena with evidence-based conclusions critical to the survival of the specialty and is investing substantial resources to demonstrate and fulfill that mission." The institute will provide data to members for use during negotiations with administrators, accountable care organizations, other physicians, etc. It also provides a means to use evidence-based radiology to promote the value of the profession and encourage advocacy efforts. Be sure to read the articles about the institute in the November/December issue of the ACR Bulletin.
Commission on Diversity
The new institute will be a boon to those seeking information on economic issues, but there are certainly other issues to be addressed. The Executive Committee and BOC have voted to create a new ACR Commission on Diversity. We are working closely with the American Association for Women Radiologists, which will provide significant input into the leadership of this new commission, and the ACR Committee for Women, which will be formed under the commission. At least one other committee under this commission will look at important issues for other groups, including but not limited to African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asians, gays and lesbians, veterans, and disabled individuals. Some of the initiatives this commission will undertake include presenting role models, broadening perspectives, combating negative and inappropriate stereotypes, enhancing trust and communication, and improving outreach to communities.
The Budget and Finance Committee, BOC, and CSC have voted to make no changes in dues for 2012-2013.
The Imaging Communication Network
The College has partnered with the RSNA, the ARRS, the ABR, and the American Board of Radiology Foundation to establish a network composed of three representatives from each entity: a radiologist, a medical physicist, and a staff person. This network of individuals will swiftly anticipate and react to news items requiring a unified response from the field of radiology. We plan to work with specialty societies while also coordinating with the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments to bring the Imaging Communication Network's message and talking points to academic departments. The ACR will keep chapter leaders and such other organizations as Image Gently® and Image Wisely® informed about the activities of the network.
Remodeling of ACR Headquarters
Though it holds a special place in our hearts, the 26-year-old ACR headquarters in Reston, Va., no longer meets the needs of our talented and growing staff. In order to have a building to comfortably accommodate staff and to serve as a showplace for visitors, the headquarters has undergone an extensive renovation. As a result of the remodel, the building is on track to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, which rates new and renovated buildings for high performance, green design, and sustainable construction.
This effort could have not been completed without the cooperation of the Reston staff, who were displaced for about nine months, and the leaders of the remodeling effort, which included Jim Morrison, assistant executive director, and Jan Cox, senior director of the ACR Administration Department. We congratulate them and thank them for their herculean efforts.
Ten-Year Celebration of the JACR®
During his time as chair of the BOC, E. Stephen Amis Jr., MD, FACR, proposed that the ACR create its own journal. As a result, the first issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) was published in 2003. Since then, Bruce J. Hillman, MD, FACR, has served as the one and only editor of the publication. By all measures, the JACR has been successful, and for the past two years it has been named the most widely read peer-reviewed journal in the field of radiology. Stay tuned for future issues of the ACR Bulletin for details about upcoming ten-year celebrations.
These are just a few of the many new and ongoing projects at the ACR. Space does not permit me to include at this time other exciting projects, such as the 2015 AMCLC, the hugely successful RLI launch even in July 2012, the 2012 ACR Forum, and the 2012 Intersociety Summer Conference — just to name a few. We also have a new task force looking at teleradiology, which operates under the chairmanship of Ezequiel Silva III, MD. Meanwhile, ACR Bylaws Chair Barry D. Pressman, MD, FACR is working with his committee on a total review and renewal of our bylaws.
Please enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween. And indulge in a piece of chocolate. You never know what you're gonna get.
By Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, Chair