The Shift From Me to We
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.
After learning about the opportunities that the ACR had to offer, I knew that this would be a perfect venue for me to apply my skills and knowledge of medicine, radiology, and politics.
As a first-year resident attending my first ACR conference and running for a seat on the RFS nominating committee, I had no idea of the vast opportunities there were to get involved. Additionally, the comradery that comes with the annual meeting is carried forward for the remainder of the year. Every committee on which you serve, lecture you attend, or new resident or attending physician you meet, will have an impact on your future practice in some way.
The choices and sacrifices in service to your fellow members will pay you back in the end, and so my decision to serve the RFS members in a leadership role is truly an honor and a privilege. I have just recently attended my second ACR conference and would encourage everyone to attend. I would also encourage everyone to reach out to your local, state, and national societies, and find ways to get involved in committees, outreach, or leadership to help shape your future instead of letting others shape it for you.
Christopher Mutter, DO, ACR-RFS secretary and diagnostic radiology resident at Spectrum Health Michigan State University College of Human Medicine