Daniel Ortiz, MD
Q: When and why did you first join the ACR?
As a first year radiology resident, I was encouraged by my more senior co-residents to join several of the radiology organizations, including the ACR, as “the thing to do.” My first direct exposure came at the state level with the annual Virginia Chapter meeting.
It was not only my first exposure to a radiology organization, but any organized medicine organization. Among other things, I saw how the chapter was actively engaged with our local government to educate our politicians about issues that are important to radiologists and their patients. Subsequently, I went to the Virginia ACR lobby day and had my first taste of the College engaging local representatives. I am fortunate enough to have a residency program that fully supports residents in ACR activities and gives us the time off.
Later in my first year, I attended the ACR Annual Meeting. Seeing the camaraderie of members in the College and recognition of several of its members for the years of hard work and service was extremely encouraging. I decided the next year to get involved with the RFS and now serve as the national secretary, in which I run the RFS blog. Since elected, I have cofounded and will lead the first year of the Virginia chapter RFS. I’m very humbled to be given these opportunities and hope to help others recognize the many opportunities and resources afforded by the ACR and to continue to bring the community of radiology/radiation oncology members in training closer together.
Daniel Ortiz, MD, radiology resident at Eastern Virginia Medical School, ACR RFS secretary