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Want to Be the Next RO Representative?
It’s that time of year — ACR RFS executive positions are open and applications are due March 14.
The RFS is a small committee made up of residents from radiology and radiation oncology. There is one position available for radiation oncology residents and this position connects you to both the residents within ACR and with the radiation oncology physicians who are members of the College. Specifically, you work closely with the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies and the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology.
As the radiation oncology representative, you act as the liaison between the ACR residents and radiologist members. While it introduces you to leaders in the field of radiation oncology — who you work closely with — it is also educational. It provides insight into the national infrastructure of our field with discussion on practice parameters, education, and reimbursement models. As the resident representative, you are privy to the inner workers of the radiation councils and it is fascinating to be a part of discussions that impact our field on the national level. Through the resident side of things, you act on behalf of your fellow residents as their voice within the College to ensure resident representation. In addition, you help to plan the ACR annual meeting and help structure the calendar for resident events, talks, and presentations at the meeting.
Commitments include three conferences calls a month — usually about an hour long, with the RFS executive committee calls, CARROS, and ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology. You play a role in recruitment and increasing membership of radiation oncologists in the ACR. While you can make the position your own, past representatives have contributed to a monthly RO Corner blog that is sent out to all ACR members and hosted live webinar on exciting topics in the field.
Overall, I have loved serving and it has encouraged me to continue playing an active role in leadership within the ACR for the rest of my career. I am so fortunate to all the wonderful role models I’ve met along the way — who will continue to shape my career for the better.
Chelsea Miller, MD, is a radiation oncology resident at Loyola University of Chicago.