Seth M. Hardy, MD
Q: What does being an ACR member mean to you?
I attended my first ACR annual meeting over 10 years ago near the warm waters of South Beach, Fla. (This was back when the meeting was held in a different location each year.) At the time, I was a resident. While the name, format, and faces at the meetings have evolved over the years, the quality of the people attending has remained constant. I continue to develop a wonderful network of like-minded colleagues from throughout the country. Active ACR members are a special subset of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and physicists who care deeply about the quality and safety and future of their specialties.
This community keeps me energized within my day-to-day practice. I enjoy the healthy debates among our members at the annual meeting. And members who have made great achievements independently are able to share diverse perspectives. These often novel ideas collectively lead our specialty into the future. Through the tireless efforts of our economics staff and volunteers, we continue to be fairly compensated for the value we bring to our patients.
“Active ACR members are a special subset of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and physicists who care deeply about the quality and safety and future of their specialties.”
— Seth M. Hardy, MD
Our government relations staff makes our voices heard on Capitol Hill, and many members work hard at grassroots advocacy within their states. Given all this, the most important development since my first meeting has been the JACR®. This publication has taken education within our specialty to an entirely new level. It is my go-to publication for relevant, up-to-date articles (and many offer CME credit). I look forward to next year’s all-member meeting. Perhaps the Council Steering Committee will be able to import some warm sand so I can again dip my toes in while working towards a stronger profession.
Seth M. Hardy, MD, general radiologist at Radiology Alliance of Maine, LLC and MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta, Maine