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ACR – RFS Subcommittees 2019

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The ACR Annual Meeting is quickly approaching with an exciting slate of speakers and presentations designed for the resident and fellow section (RFS). The annual meeting is a great opportunity for trainees to network with other residents and fellows from across the country and provides a unique opportunity to become more involved in shaping the next generation of radiology by volunteering to serve on one of the ACR RFS Subcommittees/Advisory groups.

The ACR-RFS will have the following 8 Subcommittees/Advisory Groups in 2019 – 2020:

AI Advisory Group

Our most recently formed subcommittee, the AI advisory group, seeks to educate residents and fellows on the developments of AI and how radiologists will be impacted in their practices. They frequently hold AI journal clubs and will be great for anyone interested in the many intersections of radiology and AI. The group is led by Judy W. Gichoya, MD, MS.

Economics Advisory Group

The economics subcommittee focuses on all facets of healthcare economics relevant to the practice of radiology, including payment policy, regulation, and the development of educational materials. They frequently hold journal clubs and are led by A. Kyle Deal, MD.

Women & Diversity Advisory Group

The subcommittee for women and diversity advisory group focuses on celebrating diversity in radiology and actively promoting inclusion within the medical student, resident and fellow population. The group acts to increase awareness and recognition of the value diversity adds by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for women and underrepresented minorities in radiology. The group is led by Jeanna M. Harvey, MD.

Education Subcommittee

The function of the education subcommittee is to enhance the education of residents and medical students, as well as provide educational and career resources. The education subcommittee also frequently collaborates with other subcommittee in joint journal clubs. The group is led by Patricia Balthazar, MD.

 International Outreach Subcommittee

The international outreach subcommittee aims to be the primary resource for resident and fellows seeking information about global heath imaging opportunities. The group acts to create relationships with other international radiology organizations while also promoting international opportunities for resident and fellows. The group is led by Naiim Ali, MD.

Medical Student Subcommittee

The medical student subcommittee aims to be a resource for medical students interested in pursuing radiology as a specialty. The subcommittee focuses on developing materials for medical students as well as improving outreach to interested prospective radiology trainees. This group is led by Gunjan B. Malhotra, MD.

Membership Subcommittee

The membership committee works to increase interaction and connection between the ACR and the RFS section. Areas of focus for the committee include increasing trainee activity in ACR activities by addressing and assisting with unique issues and challenges faced by members-in-training. This group is led by Jesse Chen, MD.

Radiology/Radiation Oncology Advocacy Network

The radiology and RO advocacy network focuses on helping ACR members to become more familiar with important health policy issues and advocacy. Areas of focus for the subcommittee include increasing radiology’s influence within state and federal legislatures as well as influencing regulations affecting radiology. They frequently hold online journal clubs on legislative and regulatory issues. The group is led by Mike Lee, MD.

All group chairs and members will be expected to serve a one-year term beginning in June of 2019 with the possibility of renewed involvement at the end of each year. The Education and RAN chairs will be executive committee members as determined by the annual election.

Now is a great time to get involved! Visit the RFS website for information. Hope to see you at ACR 2019!

By Jamaal Benjamin, MD, PhD, PGY-4, Radiology Resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Twitter - @DoubleDocJB

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