AMCLC 2012: Innovation and Representation
Just four years ago, AMCLC attendees had to carry around a four-inch thick, 900-page agenda. Today, technological advances have made the meeting much more efficient and cost-effective.
ACR members at AMCLC still use the agenda book and related material, but they access those resources online.
The meeting's digital innovation can be attributed to the leadership and guidance of the Council Steering Committee (CSC), including former Council Speakers David C. Kusher, M.D., FACR, and Alan D. Kaye, M.D., FACR, as well as Christoph Wald, M.D., and Arun Krishnaraj, M.D., who headed work groups dedicated to this task. Changes such as digitizing the agenda book have yielded a positive economic and ecologic impact. The book and accompanying election manual (mailed in advance of the meeting), as well as reference committee reports, previously amounted to more than 500,000 pages during the meeting. Meeting attendees instead use the AMCLC portal (http://amclc.acr.org), which is continuously updated and is dedicated specifically to the meeting. The portal also features video content; resolution information; parliamentary procedure guidance; archival information from past meetings; online registration and meeting brochures; information for special education sessions; and election and related meeting content. Other improvements over the past three years have included:
• Mobile phone applications
• Electronic submissions of resolution amendments
• Keypad voting
• Electronic conflict of interest forms
• Electronic credentialing process
• Video streaming of speakers and meeting content
• Instantaneous virtual community communications
• Video capture and dissemination
• Real-time downloading of reference committee reports
What's New for 2012?
The 2012 meeting included further innovation with a pilot program to test an enterprise election software program aimed at making the elections more efficient and economical. A more user-friendly smart-phone application, version 3.0, was also employed at the meeting. Another change is that the RFS poster session included an electronic feature to supplement the traditional posters.
Additionally, the work group focused on technology at AMCLC developed podcasts focused on key information for the meeting such as parliamentary procedure as well as a review of the AMCLC portal. The podcasts enhanced the ACR Council orientation by providing information to new councilors and attendees well in advance of the meeting.
Let the Council Decide
AMCLC 2012 also featured a new process to select the topic for the open-microphone session. Up until now, session subjects have been determined by the ACR speaker and/or vice speaker. This year, Work Group I, chaired by Alan H. Matsumoto, M.D., FACR, established a process that invited more personalized contributions from attendees. In February 2012, all ACR councilors and alternate councilors were surveyed on eight potential areas for discussion, and the top two areas were selected for the AMCLC sessions, which are moderated by the speaker. The work group has also been charged with assessing whether an issue discussed in open microphone sessions should be developed into a resolution for next year's AMCLC.
Representing the College
While the AMCLC provides an outstanding chance to engage our elected representatives during visits to Capitol Hill, it also provides a unique opportunity for radiologists to deliberate on policies related to the profession. As the elected/selected representatives to the ACR membership, councilors have the chance to act as legislators for two days while they consider, testify, and debate resolutions. This representative democracy ensures accountability and responsibility among those professionals who dedicate themselves to the practice of radiology.
As speaker, I call on each of you to familiarize yourself with this process and contact your elected and/or appointed councilors to weigh-in on the issues debated at each AMCLC. There are four groups that may sponsor resolutions, including your ACR state chapter, any individual councilor, the CSC, and the Board of Chancellors. If you have an issue that you believe the Council should address, you may inform any of these individuals or groups to initiate a resolution for the Council's consideration.
By Howard B. Fleishon, M.D., M.M.M., FACR
Speaker of the Council