February JACR Highlights

What should I read this month?


The February 2016 issue of the JACR® covers malpractice claims, reporting adverse events, and peer review in residency. Here are a handful of articles of special interest to radiologists in training.

Questions about malpractice claims? H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, and colleagues present malpractice claims data from 2008 to 2012 and discuss the implications of their findings. The authors conclude, “Radiology malpractice claims most commonly involve diagnosis-related allegations in the outpatient setting, particularly cancer diagnoses, with approximately one-third of claims resulting in payouts to the claimants.”

This month the JACR published the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for appropriate utilization of cardiovascular imaging in emergency department patients with chest pain. The criteria is based on consensus from numerous stakeholder organizations, including the ACR and the American College of Cardiology.

The use of technology by radiology residents for education continues to expand, but an unintended consequence can be breaches of protected health information (PHI). Jessica C. Germino, MD, and Annemarie Relyea-Chew, JD, MS, present data on how residents use PHI and how institutions storage this sensitive information.

Peer review is becoming increasingly common in both academic and private practice. Should peer review also be incorporated into residency training? Jeffrey Grenville, MD and colleagues studied residents’ and fellows’ understanding, attitudes, opinions, and preferences toward peer review in Canadian radiology training programs.

Congratulations to the 2016 Bruce J. Hillman, MD, Fellows in Scholarly Publication, H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Courtney C. Moreno, MD, of Emory University.

The February 2016 JACR also features a supplement focused on CT lung cancer screening. This supplement includes topics such as radiologists’ experiences with lung cancer screening and ACR CT accreditation program for lung cancer screening.

By Colin Segovis, MD, PhD (@colinsegovis), RFS secretary and resident at Wake Forest University

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