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 RFS news highlights resources, issues, and news relevant to in-training members of the ACR. If you have a topic idea or would like to contribute to the blog, please email RFS Secretary Nathan Coleman, MD.

 

 

 

Women in Radiology | An Interview with Melissa A. Davis, MD, MBA

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Melissa A. Davis, MD, MBA, is assistant professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and section chief of emergency radiology at Yale University School of Medicine. She is also the clinical lead for the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. I’d like to extend my thanks to Dr. Davis for sharing her thoughts and experiences as they relate to women in radiology.

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RO Corner: The Changing Landscape of Medical Education

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Unlike the core subjects that make up the medical school curriculum, the information given and time dedicated to radiation oncology is relatively sparse. It takes upfront knowledge of the field and motivation on the part of the medical student to expose themselves to radiation oncology, and the initiative to learn the basics of the field. One innovator however, is helping to change the landscape of radiation oncology education. I had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel W. Golden, MD who has spent his career working to improve radiation oncology education for medical students and residents.

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Implementation of Comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Programs — Thinking Beyond the CT

 

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In 2011, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reported the results of the largest lung cancer screening trial to date — the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST).  More than 50,000 patients participated in the trial, which compared lung cancer detection via annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) versus chest radiography over a three-year interval. Results from this trial confirmed what most radiologists already suspected — those in the LDCT group had improved cancer detection rates and had a significant reduction in lung cancer mortality.  

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Diversity in Radiology

Are we where we need to be?

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The simple answer is no, and the hard truth is that overcoming this is a significant challenge, but no less imperative to the future of the success of our profession. Providing the best possible care to an increasingly diverse patient population will only be achieved when we have a similar diversity amongst our workforce in radiology. That diversity will also prove essential to adapting to the increasing complexity of the demands facing our specialty. Diversity enables an environment where differences in backgrounds, mindset, and understanding can contribute to enhanced innovation, collaboration, and problem solving. It may also help to address long-standing inequality issues within our healthcare system.

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Discovering AI

Machine learning application is on the rise in just about every field of healthcare, signaling changes that have some specialists, including radiologists, speculating on how the ever-improving technology may change their position in the landscape.

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AI means vastly different things to people. Some are excited for what it could mean for improvements in workflow — the so-called non-interpretative uses of AI. Some are wary that developing programs to interpret images will eventually lead to the radiologic equivalent of Skynet, where machines control everything and human radiologists are subservient.

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Preparing for RSNA 2018

First time attending the big meeting in Chicago? Here are some tips for new attendees.

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Winter is coming… along with the largest medical conference of the year. For the first-timer, the RSNA meeting overwhelms the senses. Vendors arrange the newest equipment on plush carpet that will soon to trampled by thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world. Academic elites clash with the titans of industry. How does the junior resident or medical student survive? Below are few tips from a resident insider to assist you in planning your trip to the Windy City this November.

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Radiation Oncology Corner: Preventing Resident Burnout

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A new academic year is upon us and with it comes the excitement of new colleagues and mentors, advancement to a more senior level, and an increase in responsibilities. The effects of resident burnout have been well-documented in several journals and often linked to long hours in high-stress environments that we have little control over. The results of such emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and depersonalization are poor work performance, which can negatively affect patient care. Most of these studies have evaluated burnout in the fields of internal medicine, family medicine, and various surgical subspecialties. In oncology specifically, it has been noted that rates of physician burnout continue to be high.

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My Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship Experience

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In June, I had the honor of traveling to Washington, D.C., as part of the ACR Rutherford-Lavanty fellowship in government relations. This prestigious fellowship offers radiology residents a rare opportunity to experience, first-hand, how healthcare policies are formed in our nation’s capital. Named in honor of the first ACR lobbyist, J.T. Rutherford, and Donald F. Lavanty, ACR’s principal legislative consultant for 42 years, the fellowship began in 1993 and close to 200 enthusiastic radiology residents have participated in the program. On average, three to eight radiology residents serve as fellows, spending one week at the ACR’s government relations office working with staff on current healthcare issues affecting the specialty.

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2018 AMA Annual Meeting Recap

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While radiologists are increasingly showing their willingness to advocate on behalf of their specialty, there are issues of a certain scope and scale that demand that the entire house of medicine work in concert. When legislators and their constituents want to hear from doctors as a whole, the AMA — the largest single physician organization in the U.S. — is relied upon to craft and communicate a response. That is what the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) — composed of over 500 representatives from every level of training and specialty — sought to do at the recent AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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Radiation Oncology Corner

Social Media in the RO Community

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Miriam A. Knoll, MD, a radiation oncologist at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. We discussed the topic of social media and its importance in the field of radiation oncology. Despite its significant impact on our field, many have been slow to adopt social media as a tool.  Knoll has been very successful in using it, and has valuable insights into the topic. Follow Miriam A. Knoll, MD on Twitter @MKnoll_MD and on Instagram @Dr.Mimi.K.

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SIIM 2018


Here’s What You Missed

 

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Given all the recent hype surrounding informatics, anticipation for the 2018 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) conference in Washington, D.C., was high. Attendees may have had visions of terminator robots repurposed to produce diagnostic reports, holographic virtual reality reading rooms, or computers that detected blood products in the skull faster than humans dancing in their heads. It may have come as only a mild disappointment, then, for them to discover only one of those was unveiled at SIIM.

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Radiation Oncology Corner: A New Year

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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!

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ACR 2018: A First-Time Attendee’s Perspective

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

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ACR-RFS Goes to Washington

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ACR 2018 Hill Day was the perfect way to punctuate an incredibly successful meeting. Hundreds of residents and fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., for a dizzying five days of programming, including hearing from the smartest and most fearless minds in radiology, querying expert panels, electing brand new leadership, and reuniting with old friends and meeting countless others. The meeting culminated with us joining our respective state caucuses, donning our most persuasive business attire, and heading to Capitol Hill.

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ACR 2018: Thinking Differently

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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.

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Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship

How to Leverage Your MD in Business

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The newly revamped RFS Economics Advisory Group hosted its first journal club webinar on April 23, 2018. The topic of discussion was “Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship: How to Leverage Your MD in Business.” RFS members submitted questions to an expert panel comprised of Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Ricky Caplin, MBA, Woojin Kim, MD, William Boonn, MD, and Jose Morey, MD. Collectively, their experience covers a broad array of topics, including informatics, healthcare start-ups, IT consulting, and AI.

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Radiation Oncology Corner


Getting to Know Candice A. Johnstone, MD

 
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Q. How did you pursue radiation oncology as a career?
 A. I attended Harvard University, followed by New York University for medical school and then back to the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy for residency in radiation oncology. My first faculty position was at the Geisel School of Medicine and for the past seven years, I’ve been serving as associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For five years, I served as the medical director for the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network, and currently serve as the medical director for the Kraemer Cancer Center. My focus is on breast, thoracic, and palliative radiation oncology. 

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Meet the ACR Leadership: James V. Rawson, MD, FACR


 

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 In a brief paragraph, tell me about yourself, what spurred your involvement in the ACR and what has kept you going?


Early in my career, I became involve in the Georgia Radiological Society. I served as Education Chair and an Alternate Councilor from Georgia. This allowed me to see ACR from the Council floor. As I interacted more with ACR leaders, I got more involved serving on committees, chairing committees, and ultimately chairing the Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care and becoming a member of the Board of Chancellors.

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How to Make the Most of ACR 2018

 

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  1. Understand the function of the ACR

The ACR is a unique body representing radiologists throughout the United States. In order to better understand what it does for its members, it is important to know how the organization functions. To that effect, there is a very important series of articles to read prior to your trip to Washington, D.C., in May:

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Calling all #Radvocates!

 

A primer for ACR Capitol Hill Day 2018

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On Wednesday, May 23, radiologists and radiation oncologists attending the 2018 ACR Annual Meeting will have the chance to meet their congressional representatives during the highly anticipated Capitol Hill Day. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned advocate, follow these simple tips to make the most of this unique opportunity to engage with our legislators on pressing issues affecting our patients and our profession.

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Barriers to Choosing Radiology

 

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 When much of the general public thinks of a radiologist, they think of someone who sits in a dark room all day, staring at a computer. Another common perception is that radiologists choose the profession because it is the easiest job and garners the best pay. The last, and perhaps most upsetting perception, is that radiologists choose the field to avoid human contact. However, in my time as a medical student I have found radiologists to be some of the most sociable physicians that I’ve encountered.

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Medical Billing Fundamentals

 

What all radiologist should know

 

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This is one of my all time favorite internet memes. It makes me reflect on how many times I’ve learned about [insert zebra disease here] instead of a real world skill, like how medical billing works…

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My Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship Experience

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Rebecca Spangler, director of congressional affairs (left), and Kimberly Beavers, MD (right).

I recently had the opportunity to travel to ACR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters for the Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship. This unique fellowship allows radiology residents to spend a week with ACR staff to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Washington, D.C. office. While many know that the ACR participates in legislative advocacy, others are unaware of the tireless hours put in by our dedicated staff to protect our patients and profession on a daily basis. Rather than only detailing my personal experience, I would like to highlight a few of the ACR staff members that I had the privilege of working with this week.

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Radiation Oncology Corner: RO Journal Club

 

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Join us for our upcoming RO Journal Club! Reid Thompson, MD, will be speaking on AI in radiation oncology.

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Image is Everything

How the public responded to the 2017 ACGME resident-hour restriction changes

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The 2003 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) hour restrictions impacts many residents practicing today. As interns, these rules spared the sleepless nights of around the clock rounds, post-op checks, and rapid responses. Countless media reports, studies, and lounge conversations since inception could not statistically provide any evidence to support or refute either point.

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Meet the ACR Leadership: Vice Speaker Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR

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This post is a reboot of the series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership,” which highlights current ACR leaders by providing insight into their background and involvement in the College. For this installment, we talk with ACR Vice Speaker Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, professor and vice chair for health policy and practice at Emory University School of Medicine and affiliate senior research fellow at the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute®.

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ACR RFS 2018 Annual Meeting Preview

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The RFS annual meeting (May 19–20) will focus on topics outside of daily clinical practice but just as important for career success. This meeting is free to all RFS members.

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Reflections on the Moorefield Fellowship

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In medical school, the most common concern I heard from my attending physicians was, “I wish I knew more about business before I started as an attending.” No one talked about the business of medicine with medical students or residents for a variety of reasons, the most vocal being, “medical school and residency is the time to learn medicine.”

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Making a National Impact

Regardless of Your Pedigree

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Eastern Virginia Medical School. Chances are you have never learned of this small hybrid program in Coastal Virginia. I, personally, have found this program to be a fantastic place to train and have loved my time here, but it may not be a place from which you expect your next resident and fellow section chair to hail.

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Flight Plan for Travel

To Lusaka, Zambia

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With the support of the ACR Foundation Goldberg-Reeder international travel grant, I spent 4 weeks across January and February of 2018 (my final year of radiology residency) living in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, and working at the University Teaching Hospital, an 1800-bed hospital that serves as the premier center of medical education for Zambia.

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Radiation Oncology Corner

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The ACR annual meeting always features excellent programming such as the activities of the ACR Council as well as programming specifically designed for students, residents, and fellows. This is a great opportunity to discuss and explore critical topics in economics, health policy, and advocacy as well as an opportunity to interact with your peers and leaders within the profession. Highlights include the annual meeting of the ACR Council, an Economics Forum, a speed mentoring session for RFS and YPS members, and a keynote on artificial intelligence.

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Playing the Waiting Game

How Delays in Interpretation Affect Patient Emotions

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Each day, radiology practices complete hundreds to thousands of studies. As residents, these demands gloom over us as an impending responsibility upon graduation from fellowship. As Friday 5:00 PM rolls around, often that voice in our head says, “This oncology workup can wait until Monday.” We may not consider the patient’s perspective. How do patients feel waiting each day their results are not available?

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Radiation Oncology Corner: Advocacy Day at the Capitol

WSRS Advocacy Day

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Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Advocacy Day through our ACR state chapter, the Washington State Radiological Society (WSRS). This was my first foray into direct advocacy and I was pleasantly surprised by what a successful, informative, and important day it was.

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Apply for the 2018 RLI Leadership Summit Resident & Fellow Scholarship!

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February 2018 JACR Highlights

Elections, Elections and Artificial Intelligence

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Stronger Together

Why get involved in ACR leadership?

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During residency training, time becomes quite valuable- we only have a relatively short window to master the clinical subject matter and learn a wide breadth of information in order to have a future successful practice treating patients.

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Why I Chose to Serve

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Serving in the ACR-RFS is one of the most fulfilling opportunities in residency. I ran for communications officer in order to grow our resident and fellow network and strengthen our presence in the ACR. Residents and fellows do have a voice in the ACR and can make a significant impact but only if we present a united voice. This inspired me to run for communications officer and become a more engaged member of the ACR-RFS.

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The Shift From Me to We

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The terrific thing about being a radiology resident is that the second we matriculate into our programs, we are automatically members of the ACR. With this membership, we are a part of a very large organization of residents, fellows, attending physicians, and retired physicians who have made their mission entirely about securing our future and advocating for radiology.

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2018 Call for Nominations


The ACR Resident and Fellow Section announces the opening of nominations for the 2018-2019 Resident and Fellow Section Leadership.

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Are you frustrated by the political atmosphere and stress that last year’s election season placed on our lives, jobs, and relationships? Are you sitting at your reading station asking yourself, “How can I make a difference? How can I stop feeling like decisions are being made for me instead of by me?”

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Upcoming RFS Journal Club Session: How to Read and Critique Deep Learning Papers

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Radiation Oncology Corner



What does AI mean for radiation oncology and why should you care?

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Lately, there has been a lot of speculation about the potential impact of AI in the field of medicine. Let us explore what AI could mean for the field for radiologists and radiation oncologists.

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Quality New Year Resolutions for 2018

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As the ball drops, we rejoice in the arrival of 2018. Moments of reflection intermingle with optimism for a new year, a fresh beginning. Many will pledge fragile confidences to shave their holiday beards or inches off their waistlines. Professionally, consider prioritizing quality improvement this year.

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Radiologists as Knowledge Experts in a World of AI

The first RFS AI Journal Club session is available for viewing now!

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The ACR RFS held its first RFS AI Journal Club session on Dec. 6. 

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Radiation Oncology at RSNA

 

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The radiation oncology program at the RSNA annual meeting offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest updates in oncologic and imaging practice. 

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December 2017 JACR Highlights

 

Looking into the future

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Bridging the Gap

University of Chicago radiology residents work to improve the involvement and career advancement of women, URMs, in radiology

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Radiology, like many medical specialties, has struggled to train and graduate physicians to match the evolving diversity reflected in regional and national demographics. Despite comprising half of all medical school trainees, women have consistently represented less than 30 percent of radiology training programs, with even more dismal statistics being reported for underrepresented minorities (URMs).

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Navigating Patients Through the Internet of Misdirection

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“My doctor ordered a CT scan, but I am worried about the effects of radiation. You’re a radiologist, what are your thoughts?” Substitute ‘CT scan’ in the preceding sentence with most radiology studies and a familiar question surfaces.

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RSNA Primer - Navigating Your RSNA 2017 Visitlook into RSNA

First, welcome and know that you will have an incredible experience ahead of you at RSNA’s 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting! Here are some tips that may be helpful as you prepare for a week of learning and exploring at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Meet Matthew B. Spraker, MD, PhD, Chief Resident in radiation oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the current recipient of the E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in Quality and Safety

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Social Media @RSNA2017

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Happy Fall to All! RSNA is fast approaching! There will be thousands of people to meet, tons of great lectures to go to, and many fun parties. How do you make the most out of such an event? Social Media, obviously!

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A Quick Lesson on #Radvocacy

A Rutherford Fellow finds out how the government relations team works directly for radiologists and patients on pertinent issues that will affect your practice.

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Daniel Ortiz, MD, with Martin Heinrich, Senator from New Mexico

This September, I had the honor to be sponsored by the ACR to serve as a Rutherford-Lavanty Fellow in government relations (GR). The fellowship offers a week-long comprehensive experience encompassing introduction to many of the facets of the incredible ACR GR team that works tirelessly to represent the interests of the radiology community and our patients.

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ACR Resident and Fellow Journal Club Meeting Recap

Find out about the most recent meeting and what you missed. Don't miss the next one, scheduled for November 16, 2017.

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An ACR Resident and Fellow Journal Club meeting was held October 19, 2017. The focus of the meeting was to discuss possible scenarios in which diagnostic/interventional radiologists may be evaluated under the cost category under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

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The ACR’s YPS BOC Position

 

An excellent leadership opportunity in the ACR

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At the ACR annual meeting in May 2016, Resolution 42b was submitted and sponsored by the BOC and CSC, and was passed by the Council. This resolution was submitted in response to the ACR’s strategic plan to have a renewed focus on the ACR’s Young and Early Career Professional Section (YPS).

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Career Planning, Transitioning and Avoiding Burnout

 

Advice to radiology students, residents and fellows on setting realistic goals and achieving work-life balance

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As a medical student and resident/fellow, your career steps are well-outlined. Study for the next test, pass boards, apply for residency, fellowship, or your first job. After training, your next steps become more ambiguous. A wrong move or non-ideal job can lead to significant stress, burnout, loss of income, or even the end of a career. With appropriate planning, savvy decision-making, and smart guidance, mistakes can be avoided and your career can be successful and satisfying.

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Meet the 2017 Valerie P. Jackson (VPJ) Education Fellowship Recipients

This year’s VPJ fellows share what they learned about the operations of the ACR Education Department

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The Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship provides the opportunity for radiologists to gain direct exposure to the operations of the ACR Education Department. 

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 Radiation Oncology Corner

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 An interview with Seth A. Rosenthal, MD, FACR, FASTRO; Chair, ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology

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Flying on Autopilot: Epinephrine Autoinjectors on the Radiologist’s Toolbelt

 

At the end of a long shift, are you ready to jump in and save a patient's life?

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As the clock ticks down toward the end of a call shift, you plow through a stack of plain films that steadily increased as you diagnosed uncomplicated diverticulitis in the patient from the emergency department. The end is near; soon you will be out the door. Suddenly, the phone just inches away, piercingly shrieks, shattering the calm silence. Your technologist informs you a patient is reacting to a contrast bolus; he struggles to breathe. You franticly arrive at the gantry. Now what?

 

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Radiation Oncology Corner

This month: Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and the ACR: A Perfect Union

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 Radiation oncology and radiology are two specialties that are uniquely intertwined. In fact, the history of radiotherapy (RT) began almost immediately after the discovery of X-rays in 1895. As physicians rapidly discovered inventive and practical diagnostic uses of X-rays, it became apparent that prolonged exposure to radiation caused tissue damage, and the first therapeutic utilization of X-rays to treat cancer patients began as early as 1896.

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Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Necessary Tool for Implementing Imaging 3.0.

Radiologists should know the cost effectiveness and the risks-benefits of all tests they have juristiction over.

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As a part of my attendance at AIRP this August, I had the opportunity to participate in the “Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness Research and Big Data Analytics for Radiology” mini-course, a new seminar created to illustrate how comparative effectiveness research can be applied to the practice of radiology. The course is supported by the Value of Imaging through Comparative Effectiveness (VOICE) program at New York University and grants from the National Institute of Health.

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 The Union Experience as a Resident-Physician and Future Radiologist

A radiologist-in-training fights for the rights of his fellow residents and comes out with excellent results!

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Contract negotiations are difficult and time consuming.  Whether bargaining over the price of a car or negotiating a three-year contract valued over 100 million dollars per year that affects over 1200 physicians, emotions run high and tempers may flare. I recently participated in the latter as a member of the contract negotiations team representing the resident physician union at the University of Michigan. Regardless of pro-union or anti-union sentiments, readers should agree that we are fervently pro-physician. I am honored to have had the opportunity to negotiate the best possible contract for my fellow resident physicians, all of whom work tirelessly for the health of their patients.

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Tweet Chat Tips

Don’t forget to participate in the next # JACR Tweet Chat on Thursday, September 28th at noon EDT — Topic: Personal Branding!

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Tweet chats in radiology are a fantastic way to engage in discussion with colleagues and patient advocates across a global scale, during radiology meetings and/or all year round. However, the concept of a tweet chat may be daunting to some who want to participate but don’t know how or where to begin. As radiology-related tweet chats become more frequent, this quick guide has been crafted to demystify the basics of a virtual discussion with the hope that more radiologists at all levels of training will participate in the future.

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September 2017 JACR Highlights

ACR Recommendations for Screening Average Risk Women for Breast Cancer

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“I’m Not Going to Let You Do Anything to Me”

Lincoln Berland, MD, focuses on a very important topic in radiology and throughout medicine today: the patient-centered approach and shared decision-making. Often, the only tool necessary for persuading a patient that a procedure or diagnostic test should be performed is listening.

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MACRA and MIPS: A Resident Primer

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As residents, attending physicians often insulate our learning environment from the political whirlpool of insurance reimbursements. However, the education and awareness of the financial climate affecting our daily practice is crucial to our training as radiologists. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is frequently reported on in medical news and literature.

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American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2):

What Does This Mean to You?

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Members of the A3CR2 Executive Committee gather at the AUR 2017 annual meeting in Hollywood,Fla. Pictured from left to right are Daniella Asch, MD (Secretary); Daniel Ortiz, MD (President); Dexter Mendoza, MD (Vice President); William Sherk, MD (Treasurer).

So you have been bestowed one of the greatest honors you can get as a resident; you are now a chief resident. Surprisingly, this is faced by many with mixed emotions of excitement, honor, anxiety, and isolation. A popular stated quote is “It’s lonely at the top.” However, you don’t have to be alone.

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On the Path to Becoming an American-Trained Radiologist

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The radiologist is the key to a correct diagnosis. Radiology has a large number of examinations to achieve that objective — conventional radiology, ultrasound, CT, magnetic resonance, hybrid imaging, SPECT scanner, PET-CT, and PET-RM. But the art of radiology is in the accurate selection of these tests.

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Radiology and the Evolution of Battlefield Medicine

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When you picture the development of military medicine, how prominently does imaging factor in? The evolution of radiology has been intertwined with modern-day warfare for the past 120 years.

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Waiting It Out

A doctor-turned-patient’s point of view

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My eyes fixed on the ultrasound monitor, I watched as the core biopsy needle was advanced into the lymph node and then deployed with a loud click. It wasn’t the first time I’d been part of an ultrasound guided biopsy.

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RFS and Member Experience at ACR 2017: Part 2

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ACR 2017 was a great success to say the least! Medical students, residents, and fellows gathered from around the country with a common goal; to learn how to advocate for our patients, make connections with our colleagues, and contribute to the dynamic evolution of radiology.

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The Medical Student Experience at ACR 2017

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been exposed to images and radiology equipment. My dad is a service engineer for medical imaging equipment, and I remember going to work with him and scrolling through images on a screen, or taking screws out of a CT cover, or seeing how close I could get to the MRI before the magnet started pulling on my braces.

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RadExam: the Resident Perspective

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We live in a world of metrics. In this month’s JACR®, Dr. Petra Lewis et al. describe a new question bank, RadExam. The current problem: The evaluation of residents’ knowledge is too sporadic and not specific to their level of training. The authors’ suggestion was to create a large question database, from which questions could be sourced to create content- and level-specific tests. …What does this mean for current residents?

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Resident Highlights: June 2017 JACR

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The future of radiology reimbursements, big data, machine learning, residency training, and imaging abroad are some of the themes found in June’s featured articles…plus an opinion on burnout on the profession, a how-to on succeeding in the academics of radiology, and reducing errors from cognitive biases. Check out the following highlighted articles.

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Greetings from the Chair of the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS)

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Congratulations to everyone as you complete training and transition to practice, survive yet another of residency, begin radiology residency, or graduate medical school!

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What Happened at AUR 2017?

Get a resident’s-eye-view of one of radiology’s biggest meetings

AUR 2017

It was that time of the year again... when you meet the people that helped you grow or that grew with you, have good meals together, celebrate achievements, get valuable advice, and welcome new members to the family. No, I am not talking about Christmas or Thanksgiving. On May 8–11, 2017, the 65th AUR Annual Meeting attracted academic radiologists from around the country to sunny Hollywood, Fla., with the theme “Leading Change and Bringing Value.”

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My Amis Fellowship Experience

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The stage lights were shining so brightly as I peered out into the enormous ballroom filled with hundreds of attendees at the 2017 ACR annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Nearly a year ago, when I had been selected for the ACR’s Amis Fellowship in Quality in Safety, I never imagined that I would be serving as a member of one of ACR’s four Reference Committees. Yet, here I was, sitting center-stage alongside much more senior ACR members, recording member comments regarding the rules and regulations that we had proposed.

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May 2017 JACR Highlights

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TI-RADS, social media enhancement of peer reviews journals, and exposure to medical imaging with RadiologyInfo.org — These are a few articles that may be helpful reading and practice for radiology residents in training.  A supplemental edition was also printed in order to focus on revised ACR Appropriateness Criteria guidelines in nearly all modalities.

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ACR 2017 RFS Meeting Highlights

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This year’s third edition of The Crossroads of Radiology, which included the 25th RFS meeting, may have been the most stimulating and event-packed meeting that I have had the pleasure of attending yet.

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RFS Member Experience at ACR 2017: Part 1

RFS acr2017The 2017 ACR meeting was an incredible behind-the-scenes experience into the political side of medicine and radiology.

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Meet the ACR Leadership: Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACRmeet ACR leadership

This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR.

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Primer on Radiology Advocacymcadams radiology advocacy

 

"An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. . ." — David Bornstein in How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Residents and fellows are perfectly positioned to be effective advocates as we are accustomed to championing our patients and specialty from our reading rooms, angio suites and clinics every day; however, most of us are not comfortable pursuing state and national advocacy opportunities. This daunted me, too when I was first getting started, but rest assured, there are countless opportunities to get involved (and options compatible with almost everyone’s time budget).

Let’s review a few pieces of advice I have learned along the way and share some opportunities for you to get started advocating today!

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Is There a Doctor on Board?doctor on board

The thought of this title may send shivers down your non-clinical spine. Colleagues often jest that radiologists are loners hiding in a dark room away from civilization, who have little interaction with any patients.

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Social Media Primersocial media primer

Four years ago, the night before my very first ACR national meeting, I signed into an, until that point, unused Twitter account.

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SIR Annual Meeting Update

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The Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Meeting concluded this March and as usual it was a bustling and exciting event for residents, fellows and attendings who share an interest in interventional radiology.

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The ACR Rutherford Fellowship Experience

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This past month, I had the opportunity to participate in the American College of Radiology’s J.T. Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship in Governmental Relations in Washington, DC, during a crucial time in our nation’s history, at the epitome of health care reform.

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Fast Jets for RFS

fighter pilot rinzler rfsPrior to residency, I had the privilege to work as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force.

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March 2017 JACR® Highlights

 

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The March issue of the JACR delves into better reporting practices, empowering female radiologists, and more.

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Meet the ACR Leadership: James A. Brink, MD, FACR
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This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with James A. Brink MD, FACR.

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A Primer on 3D Printing

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The potential for three-dimensional printing (3DP) models in medicine is virtually infinite. Radiologists are in a unique position to be the leaders in an emerging field, owing to our combined anatomical and cross-sectional imaging expertise.

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Primer on Patient and Family Centered Care

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Radiology is changing and not in the way you may think. Advances in imaging technology have always shaped our chosen profession and will continue to do so throughout our training and during our future practice. But it is not a new technology or imaging modality that is bringing change to radiology. Rather, it is a concept that is not new at all: patient- and family-centered care (PFCC).

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Meet the ACR Leadership: William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACRLeadership

This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with William T. Thorwarth, Jr., MD, FACR.

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The Moorefield Fellowship Experiencemoorefield fellowship experience

This past October, I was honored to participate in the American College of Radiology Moorefield Fellowship in Economics and Health Policy.

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Meet the ACR Leadership: William T. Herrington, MD, FACRGettyImages 610861498

This is an installment of a series titled “Meet the ACR Leadership.” Throughout the series, we interview the ACR Leadership to get insight into their background and involvement in the ACR. For this installment, we talk with William T. Herrington, MD, FACR.

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A Day in the Life of UVA Resident Connor Louden, MD

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New and prospective residents are often curious about what their daily life will be like as radiology residents. Here’s a typical day described by Connor Louden, a third-year diagnostic radiology resident at UVA.

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