Know Your Councilors

Meet some of the members of the ACR Council.know your councilors

The success of the College depends on an informed and engaged membership. In May, the ACR Council will convene at the Crossroads® to consider resolutions and elect the next group of leaders for the College.

Currently, over 340 of your fellow members serve as councilors representing the 54 ACR chapters, branches of the military, government agencies, qualified subspecialty societies, the Resident and Fellow Section, and the Young and Early Career Physician Section. These individuals volunteer their time to attend the meeting and represent you, their colleagues, as decisions are made that impact the College and our profession.

Knowing the councilors who represent you allows you to directly contact them when you have questions about ACR policy or want to share information regarding challenges currently facing our membership. While we can't spotlight all 340 councilors in this brief space, we would like you to meet a few members of the council to learn more about how they got involved, what they do at the meeting, and why they value the input of their fellow members.

As these individuals are prepared to head to Washington, D.C., we hope you'll take the time to review the resolutions that are being considered, familiarize yourself with the election manual, and provide your feedback in advance of the meeting. The feedback that you provide to your councilors and CSC members can help inform open hearings, the final disposition of resolutions acted by the council, and ultimately College policy.

Kristina E. Hoque, MD, PhD

kristina hoqueHow long have you served as councilor?

I started as a one-year alternate and now I am a new councilor.

How do you approach your role in order to be most effective?

I aim to be fair and honest representative to the widely varied types of practice in my state.

Give that you represent your fellow members, do you seek input to inform the decisions you make during the annual meeting?

Of course! Listening is critical. I do so through all avenues — email, phone, and in-person meetings.

Arlene E. Segal, MD, FACR

arlene segalHow long have you served as councilor?

12 years.

What are your responsibilities in serving as a councilor for your chapter?

I work to mentor younger members of the chapter, communicate to others at our state meetings what the council is doing, and make sure I contribute my state's voice to the rest of the council.

As a councilor, what is a typical annual meeting like for you?

I attend all the sessions of the council and encourage my fellow councilors to do so. I also spend time mentoring the new councilors.

Valerie L. Jewells, DO, FACR

valerie jewellHow long have you served as a councilor?

15 years.

What made you choose to get involved in your state chapter?

I have great interest in political policy with regards to patient care.

Why do you think it's important to serve as a councilor?

If you are not at the table, you are on the menu. Also, lack of information will result in poor decisions.

By William T. Herrington, MD, FACR, Speaker, and Timothy L. Swan, MD, FACR, Vice Speaker

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