January JACR Highlights
What should I read this month?
The January 2016 issue of the JACR® covers current hiring practices, the best articles of 2015, the physics of CT compliance, and more. Here are a handful of articles on topics of special interested to radiologists in training.
Radiologist Hiring Preferences Based on Practice Needs
What type of radiologist are practices looking for? Bluth et al. present data from questions generated through a collaboration between the the ACR Commission on Human Resources and Commission on General, Small and Rural Practice as part of the annual Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey. The paper found that private practice leaders are most interested in hiring “single-specialty radiologists with general capabilities.” Not surprisingly, academic practice leaders are most interested in fellowship-trained radiologists who will only read in one clinical area.
Introducing First-Year Radiology Residents to the ACR at the AMCLC From 2009 to 2013: Summary of Experiences and Five-Year First-Cohort Follow-Up
Changes in the health care landscape are most likely to affect new radiologists, yet many RFS members do not remain ACR members upon entering practice. The Minnesota Radiology Society (MRS) invited and funded all first-year radiology residents from the two Minnesota programs (Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota) to attended the ACR AMCLC (now the ACR annual meeting) starting in 2009. Data collected included pre- and post-conference assessment of knowledge about the ACR, the MRS, and socioeconomic issues affecting radiologists. The paper also explored attitudes regarding future membership in the ACR and the MRS. The study suggests that early exposure to the ACR through annual meeting attendance is likely to increase ACR membership retention when residents enter practice.
The Art of the Diagnostic Report
What makes a good, even great, radiology report? Melody Mulaik with Coding Strategies discusses what should be included in a radiology report and why. The radiology report is the dominant mechanism for communication with referring providers, patients, and payers. Therefore, report content is critical. More in-depth information on the ACR’s recommendation for the communication of imaging findings is discussed in the practice parameter for communication of diagnostic imaging findings.
By Colin Segovis, MD, PhD (@colinsegovis), RFS secretary and resident at Wake Forest University