August 2017 JACR Highlights
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. — Albert Einstein
Evaluation of the “Angelina Jolie Effect” on Screening Mammography Utilization in an Academic Center: The increased awareness that celebrities bring to a specific topic, product, or practice is a very well-known and real phenomenon.
Everyone wants the new pair of shoes that Steph Curry has or the new coat Ivanka Trump is wearing. In the past, response to celebrities has been felt in the medical sphere in such times when President Gerald Ford’s wife, Betty, was diagnosed with breast cancer and when President Ronald Regan was diagnosed with colon cancer. Marco D. Huesch, MBBS, PhD; Susann E. Schetter, DO; Joel Segel, PhD, and Alison Chetlen, DO, attempt to test for this same effect when Angelina Jolie was featured in a New York Times article for her risks and subsequent double mastectomy for breast cancer.
The Recent Losses in Medicare Imaging Revenues Experienced by Radiologists, Cardiologists, and Other Physicians: Cuts to radiologists’ reimbursements is not a new phenomenon; however, David C. Levin, MD, Laurence Parker, PhD, and Vijay M. Rao, MD, look into the sharp decline in Medicare reimbursement in radiology and other specialties under the recently revised Medicare fee schedule.
Looming Physician Shortage?: Michael J. Pentecost, MD, discusses the results of the recent survey carried out by the AAMC addressing the nation’s physician workforce shortage.
ACR consensus white papers reflected in this issue: Help educate your fellow residents and attending physicians in the changes reflected in this publication so that we are all on the same page. The history, evolution, and updates to the ACR’s RADPEER, the leading method for peer review is delved into.
Gender and Radiology Publication Productivity: An Examination of Academic Faculty From Four Health Systems in the United States: The authors discuss the results of recent data collected from multiple academic centers to evaluate the disparity in male versus female publication volume over a 15-year period. Interestingly, the results showed that female first authors were significantly higher, whereas a single-author publication was more likely to be male. It is important to continue highlighting the many gender and cultural gaps in radiology to help change the status quo and become a stronger specialty in the process.
Christopher M. Mutter, DO, Michigan State University/Spectrum Health Radiology Resident in Grand Rapids and ACR-RFS Secretary