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ACR 2019: A Preview of RFS Programming

ACR RFS 2019 annual meeting

We are less than two months away from ACR 2019 and things are taking shape. Your RFS Executive Committee has put together a fantastic program for May 18 and 19 that will be great for first-timers and seasoned veterans alike. There is no registration fee for RFS members to attend.

 Saturday’s program will kick off with a keynote address on corporatization of radiology practices by Howard Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR, an Emory University radiologist, chair of the ACR corporatization taskforce, and vice chair of the ACR BOC. This will be followed by back-to-back sessions on AI: “Your AI-Enabled Future in Radiology: Separating the Hope from the Hype,” by Tessa S. Cook, MD, PhD, a University of Pennsylvania radiologist, director of the Center for Translational Informatics, and member of the ACR Commission on Informatics; and the other given by Adam Prater, MD, an Emory University neuroradiologist and informaticist and an ACR Data Science InstituteTM subspecialty panel chair.

The RFS will then join the rest of the members in attendance for the first-ever joint session on “Future Practice Management,” where panelists will give brief TED talk-style sessions on how robots will help radiologists care for patients, physician wellness, radiology practice consolidation, personal/professional finance, and rethinking radiologists’ value equation — followed by an open panel discussion.

During lunch, RFS members will enjoy time to network with each other and several of the ACR senior leadership. Afternoon sessions will start with a discussion on job searches by Frank Lexa, MD, MS, MBA, FACR, vice chair of medical imaging at the University of Arizona, chief medical officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute®, and chair of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development. Amy Patel, MD, ACR-YPS liaison to the RFS, will give a primer on how to network effectively. Saturday’s programming will be rounded out by a closing session on malpractice by H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sunday’s program will start with Claire E. Bender, MD, chair of the ACR Commission on Human Resources, who will deliver a session on the state of the radiology workforce. This will be followed by a joint session on how to get and stay involved in the ACR by Sonia Gupta, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess’ radiology department and chair of the ACR YPS, and myself. Then, representatives from RADPAC® and RAN — Dave Youmans, MD, Mike M. Lee, MD, and Kimberly Beavers, MD — will provide updates on the advocacy efforts and issues facing radiologists. The RFS programming will then close with back-to-back economics sessions. First, Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, will walk us through the process of reimbursement from a dictation to a dollar. The RFS programming will then close with Lauren Golding, MD, vice chair of the ACR MACRA committee, who will provide an overview of MACRA and payment policy.

Although the official RFS programming ends at noon on May 19, we encourage RFS members to stay through the completion of the annual meeting, which culminates in the unique Capitol Hill Day experience — where all members can actively engage Congressional staff on the pressing issues facing radiologists. Throughout the week, RFS members can observe the Council — where the work of the College gets done in a very public fashion. There will also be a keynote on burnout by Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, and the annual Moreton lecture on physician metrics by Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News & World Report.

Lastly, there will be many networking opportunities and nightly social events. One of the most exciting evening events will be the annual RADPAC Gala at the National Cathedral. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, the entry fee is substantially reduced.

Find out more information about the annual meeting on the ACR Meeting and Course Calendar. I look forward to seeing you all in Washington, D.C., in May. As always, feel free to reach out through Twitter at @danortizmd or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Daniel Ortiz, MD, is an MSK fellow at the University of California, San Diego, and chair of the RFS.

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