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 Patricia Balthazar, MD.
September 2017 JACR Highlights
ACR Recommendations for Screening Average Risk Women for Breast Cancer
Future Demand a Supply for Radiology Services
“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.
It is only when we listen that we are then able to understand the concerns a patient has. We then can explain the reason we are offering our services and clarify their specific clinical picture. Under this approach, a patient may feel less like they are being treating as an experimental subject. Acknowledge, introduce, duration, explanation, and thank (AIDET) is a clever tool that is helpful during any daily patient encounter.
Authentic Personal Branding and Author’s Reply: Branding is Still Perilous!
Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD replies to a previous article, “Authentic Personal Branding,” by Vivek Kalia, MD, MPH, MS, et al, in which each article takes a different side on personal branding in the marketplace. The great part of medicine and education is the ability to share and discuss differing beliefs with a colleague. These most recent articles by this set of authors is a terrific example of our ability to get two sides to every story and make the decision for ourselves. What will personal branding mean to you after reading this discussion, and how will you choose to utilize it in your future practice?
Radiology Resident Supply and Demand: A Regional Perspective
Cory M. Pfeifer, MD, MS, speculates futures estimates in the radiology job market by geographical location (as designated by the ACR Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey data). This was carried out using data published by the National Resident Matching Program, Doximity, and the American Osteopathic College of Radiology to forecast the future need for radiologists regionally. The author believes that the number of forecasted positions may send the field of radiology back into a crisis similar to that of the 2012–2016 job deficits.
Automatic Release of Radiology Reports via an Online Patient Portal
Grant Okawa, MD, discusses radiology reports becoming available to patients online; an increasingly common practice in a growing number of institutions where we practice. While this may seem unbelievable at first glance, it may eventually have potential safety benefits if carried out correctly.
Tales from the Table
Kurt A. Schoppe, MD, and Lauren Golding, MD, take us through a reimbursement primer by trying to put the emphasis on the forest rather than the trees. As a member of the Relative Value Scale Update Committee for the ACR (RUC), Schoppe has an up-close and personal perspective on how the “sausage is made,” for those who are concerned by more than just eating the end product.
By Christopher Mutter, DO, ACR-RFS secretary and diagnostic radiology resident at Spectrum Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids