Why I Got Involvedwhy i got involved

Several years ago as a second year resident, one of my senior residents approached me in the hallway and said, “I think you’d make an excellent leader. You should join the Massachusetts Medical Society.”

I didn’t have a clue what organized medicine entailed, but flattery worked and I joined. As I learned how the society supported its physician members with education, with legislative support, with life balance, with practice transitions, I realized the impact my voice could have as individual and collectively with my colleagues.

Soon I befriended other radiologists within the society and the American Medical Association, and that is where I was introduced to the American College of Radiology. I went to my first meeting as a resident and participated in Hill Day. It was exciting and honorable to greet our elected officials and bring forth our gratitude for their support as well our concerns for our specialty and our patients. With every victory for radiology and for our patients, I became more invested in supporting the ACR and the radiology political action committee.

I have witnessed first-hand the successes of our endeavors. Like most radiologists, I have also experienced the effects of ever changing legislation, task force recommendations, guidelines, and social norms. I stay involved because participation, even solely as a paying member of the society, is imperative to our existence as a specialty and to our delivery of excellent patient care.

By Taj Kattapuram, MD

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