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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.

Saturday’s program will feature a keynote lecture by Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, 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®, followed by a session on networking skills featuring Amy Patel, MD. The program continues with a session on interviewing skills by Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR, of the Radiology Leadership Institute®. Lunch on Saturday will give attendees a chance to practice their networking skills with fellow attendees and leaders of the College.

Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, chair of the Commission of Economics, will kick off the afternoon session with a discussion on MACRA for residents and how it will affect our practice as we enter the workforce. This will be followed by updates from the RFS committees and workgroups, plus candidate speeches from those running for 2018–2019 leadership positions. Saturday’s program will end with a presentation by Tom Hoffman, JD, CAE, of the ACR legal team, on safely navigating the complex and evolving social media landscape. Hoffman’s discussion will be followed by the ACR-RSNA resident reception, where residents and fellows can mingle with each other and leaders of the ACR.

After the reception, the Radiology Firing Line will host a live podcast taping with giveaways, quick-fire Q&A, and a special guest.

Sunday’s program begins with the RFS caucus, designed to help members understand the governance of the College and resolutions of interest. Claire E. Bender, MD, FACR, chair the ACR Commission on Human Resources, will deliver a session on the state of the radiology workforce. The RADPAC® and Radiology Advocacy Network teams will present a session on advocacy for radiology and cover the current legislative issues pertinent to radiologists. The program will conclude with back-to-back panels. The first panel is a career pathways discussion, designer to give RFS members the opportunity to learn about various careers tracks within the field. The second panel will focus on entrepreneurship and feature members of the Senior and/or Retired Section who will share their entrepreneurial expertise.

The RFS meeting will officially close on Sunday at 12 p.m., allowing attendees to join their state chapters and attend the opening session of ACR 2018.

We hope members can stay for the general meeting and enjoy the rich programing, including Monday’s speed-mentoring session designed for RFS and YPS members, the annual Moreton Lecture featuring physician economist Anupam Jena, MD, PhD, and the Economics Forum. The Council will also conduct an open-mic session on Tuesday, giving councilors and chapter leaders a forum to discuss the topic, “What is the purpose of councilors and chapter leaders in the ACR?” This should prove to be a lively discussion.

Capitol Hill Day occurs on Wednesday, giving attendees the opportunity to meet members of Congress and staff and offer legislators the opportunity to learn about our field and how we help our patients. All RFS members are encouraged to join their state delegations and enjoy the day! As always, there will be nightly social events for residents and fellows.

We hope you can join us in Washington, D.C., for ACR 2018!








Colin Segovis, MD, PhD, is chair of the ACR RFS. Follow him on Twitter @colinsegovis.

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