Laying the Foundation
ACR establishes Young Physicians Section to foster the growth of talented early-career radiologists.
While many important resolutions were presented to the ACR Council at the 2012 AMCLC, one in particular should resonate with young physicians and those early in their careers.
Resolution 11, sponsored by both the Board of Chancellors and Council Steering Committee, passed with widespread support to pave the way toward creating the Young Physicians Section (YPS) within the College. By passing this resolution, the council sent a clear message about the importance of supporting the development of radiologists in their early career. The approval of Resolution 11 also provides two dedicated councilor positions for YPS representatives.
Momentum to create the YPS came from the contributions and energy of the RFS. The council recognized that former RFS members were making valuable contributions to the College and would benefit from having a section devoted to their unique demographic. Indeed, attendance at the RFS annual meeting has grown exponentially as have the contributions of RFS members to the College through their service on committees and commissions, their development of resources for trainees, and their input and unique perspective on issues that come before the ACR council.
Unlike the RFS, whose primary goals are to advance issues surrounding education and training, the YPS will more closely mirror the ACR general council. Much like the council carries out the will of its members as framed by ACR's five pillars, the YPS will pursue work that fulfills the College's mission. One of its goals will be to create a forum to promote young and early career physician involvement in College activities at both the state and national level.
While the RFS is our future, the YPS is our present. All members in training are granted full complimentary membership within the ACR; however, they cannot serve on certain leadership bodies of the College. YPS participants are full dues-paying members and are either under the age of 40 or within eight years of completing training.
By connecting young physicians and those early in their careers across the nation, this new section will empower its members to morereadily voice their opinions on current issues that face the College. To that end, the goals of the YPS are to accomplish the following:
• Facilitate active and meaningful participation of YPS members in fulfilling the mission of the ACR
• Empower YPS members to play significant roles in state radiology societies
• Attract and retain young physician members of the College and those early in their careers
• Amplify the voices of YPS members and foster the development of YPS leaders within the College
The first executive committee of the YPS charged with advancing these goals comprises seven individuals who best represent the diversity of the section (see sidebar, "Meet the 2012-2013 YPS Executive Committee"). The mission of these committee members is to rapidly put into place a framework to foster the growth and influence of the section.
One example of the executive committee's early efforts is the creation of a mentorship program for RFS members. Led by Peter Van Geertruyden, MD, RFS liaison, an online network has been established to connect RFS members with YPS mentors who can provide early career guidance. (Learn more at http://bit.ly/YPSMentorNetwork.) An additional goal of these YPS mentors will be to encourage trainees to become active participants in their state societies. By building relationships with enthusiastic and idealistic trainees, we will be able to optimize retention rates of these individuals within the College as they transition into practice.
As members of the executive committee, we have ambitious goals for this section. While we may not be able to accomplish all of these objectives within our first year of existence, we are confident that with contributions from young members and those who are early in their careers, as well as the support of the College, this section will build the foundation of the ACR for the next generation.
By Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, and Charles W. Bowkley III, MD
Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH, is an instructor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and an assistant radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Charles W. Bowkley, III, MD, practices neurointerventional, body, and vascular interventional radiology at Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology in Casper, Wyo.