Through the (YPS) Looking Glass
A YPS member reflects on her ACR CSC experience
This past spring, I was incredibly honored to be appointed to the ACR CSC. While my appointment was met with warm praise from my wonderful YPS colleagues, I knew that by taking on this role the congratulations would have to be earned by hard work and dedication to the College through my service on the CSC.
As I look back on this however, I realize that arriving at this particular moment in time is really more about the journey than the destination. I remember so vividly attending my first ACR annual meeting, during my first year of radiology residency. I found the Council sessions to be incredibly fascinating. Sitting quietly with the California section, I eagerly listened, learning about the Council proceedings and building an understanding of how Council business is conducted. I immediately knew that this was an organization that I could see myself dedicating my career and a lifetime to. Each year, I looked forward to sitting with the California section when the CSC was called in session. As I became more familiar with the opportunities offered through the ACR, my experience became wonderfully enriched with learning opportunities and mentorship.
In the ACR, I found an intellectual home: A place where I knew I could always turn to for inspiration when I felt stuck, for rejuvenation when I felt burned out, and for hope when I felt flustered by the rapidly evolving future of our health care system. Through my experiences, I was given the tools and mentorship to develop into the type of professional that strives to embody the core principles of Leadership, Integrity, Quality and Innovation.
Now, upon graduating from training and entering into the YPS, I realize it is my responsibility and privilege to work to maintain this phenomenal environment for our up-and-coming RFS.
Upon starting my role in the CSC, I was paired with a senior Council member who acted as a mentor to me. This was a wonderful way to ease the transition into my new role. I also attended the orientation at the ACR headquarters for all new Board of Chancellors (BOC) and CSC members shortly after that ACR annual meeting. In addition to the annual ACR meetings, the CSC also convenes in person at two retreats (one in the fall and one in the winter), as well as at RSNA. Each CSC member acts as a liaison to a number of state societies and commissions, and chairs or participates in work groups and subcommittees predominantly via email and conference calls throughout the year. On initial glance, the job description may appear demanding, particularly for someone just finishing training. However, the ACR staff is truly phenomenal at supporting the needs of College business, and the CSC over time has developed a strong tradition of efficient and effective operation. While the proceedings of the CSC are deeply rooted in tradition, there is a certain flexible open-minded spirit to the leadership that enables it to meet the changing needs of the membership.
A part of me is still that first-year resident being inspired by the Council session (and I hope to never lose that part). I just happen to be sitting in a different seat now. And with the tools I have been given by the ACR over the past five years, I am now an active contributor to this truly amazing community.
Remember that it all starts with sitting in Council sessions, watching, learning, allowing yourself (at any stage of your career) to be challenged and inspired, and saying yes to the opportunities that arise. That is the foundation necessary to continue to build a higher level of contribution to the ACR leadership. And it is the experience garnered from this journey that is the most rewarding part.
By Kristina E. Hoque, MS, MD, PhD, neroradiology and nuclear medicine, Focus Medical Imaging, Los Angeles, Calif.