Q: How has volunteering with the ACR furthered your personal goals?
As a resident, I was constantly told by senior radiologists that the "golden age" of radiology had ended, and we must adapt to meet the changing needs of American health care.
Beyond this warning, I never actually received a great answer as to why change is necessary and how we should alter our behavior. Participation in the RFS annual meeting allowed me to connect with many of the leaders in our field and has helped me obtain a much clearer understanding of the problems and challenges radiology faces. It has also made me more aware of the importance of advocacy. Rather than fearing an uncertain future, I have come to see the many opportunities that lie ahead for radiologists as experts in diagnostic imaging and integral members of the health-care team.
“Participation in the RFS annual meeting allowed me to connect with many of the leaders in our field.” — Jonathan A. Flug, M.D., M.B.A.
The RFS has also helped me develop a network of radiology co-residents across the country in a variety of different practice settings. It has opened up doors for me to write for the JACR's Residents' and Fellows' Column and for the RFS website. Next, I plan to apply for one of the ACR resident fellowships to further my interest in quality and safety.
As residents, our entire careers lie ahead. ACR involvement provides an avenue to have our voices heard and to shape the future of radiology to ensure it remains the same great field in 2050 as when we chose it for our careers.
Jonathan A. Flug, M.D., M.B.A.
Radiology Resident, PGY-4
Secretary, ACR Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Executive Committee