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RO Corner: Getting Involved in ACR’s RO Organizations
With multiple ACR events at the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, I wanted to take some time to dive into radiation oncology organizations within the College that radiation oncologists are a part of —specifically what these organizations (the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology and the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies, also known as CARROS) do for our community. I had a chance to talk with Seth A. Rosenthal, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology, Nancy A. Ellerbroek, MD, FACR, president of CARROS, and William Small, Jr., MD, FACR, CARROS councilor.
The ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology serves as the coordinator for radiation oncology-related activities within the College itself. They enhance the visibility and integration of radiation oncology at the ACR. They develop educational programs and venues for radiation oncology and help produce maintenance of certification tools. The ultimate goal is to help rad oncologists and radiologists work collectively together within the ACR to address concerns that affect members from both specialties.
CARROS is a chapter of the ACR for radiation oncologists. It provides an avenue for radiation oncologists to become involved and allows them to belong to a national group, outside of their state chapters. Although many state chapters have active radiation oncology involvement, CARROS provides a structure for radiation oncologists from different states to work together on issues such as radiation oncology reimbursement, education, representation, practice parameters, and governance. Just like any state chapter, CARROS also has its own president, councilors, and other officers. It functions as an avenue for radiation oncologists of all levels of experience and different practice environments to become involved in ACR activities.
We hope to see everyone at the networking reception hosted by the CARROS and the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Hilton Palacio del Rio to meet many of our wonderful members, hear more about the organization, and getting involved.
By Chelsea Miller, MD, radiation oncology resident at Loyola University of Chicago