Expanding Outlooks

Radiology Leadership Institute helps radiologists move ahead.expanding outlooks

Next month, the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) will formally begin its curriculum to help radiologists reach their leadership potential.

With a ride range of programs and offerings, the institute is on the brink of instilling diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, medical physicists, radiology business executives, and others with a deeper understanding of leadership in many forms. As it continues to create educational content as well as populate its complete list of offerings through joint development with leadership training organizations, partnerships, and licensed content, the RLI offers three distinct instructional opportunities that will benefit individuals at all stages in their careers.

Building a Foundation

For residents and new radiologists, the RLI offers a variety of fundamental courses designed for less experienced radiologists. Several of these Level One courses will be offered in conjunction with the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course — held at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. — and can provide skills and expand knowledge related to a variety of topics, including such Lawrence Muroffcourses as How to Evaluate a Radiology Job Offer; Economics for Physicians; What They Didn't Teach You, But You Really Need to Know; and the Impact of Health-care Reform on Radiology. "We like to provide residents and fellows with the tools necessary to choose a job wisely; contribute to their practices, hospitals, and communities appropriately; and eventually take leadership roles at local, state, and national levels," explains Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR, CEO and president of Imaging Consultants Inc., in Tampa, Fla.

According to Muroff, who is also a course instructor and an RLI board member, an understanding of these subjects is essential in this difficult era. "Radiology and radiologists are experiencing — and for the foreseeable future, will continue to experience — turbulent times." Through the courses, "We would like to convey both a basic understanding of the problems facing radiology in the era of health-care reform, as well as methods radiologists can use to prepare and cope with these problems," he says.

Ivy League Learning

For those seeking customized leadership training, the RLI has partnered with Harvard Business Publishing to develop the RLI-Harvard Emerging Leaders Seminar, which is tailored to radiologists' needs and schedules. Customized modules will take place over a period of approximately three months and are conducted in a virtual, online setting. Each month, radiologists will tackle one topic covered in four RLI instituteweekly sessions. The first month's topic, for example, will cover personal leadership. According to the course description, "Participants will examine what it means to be a leader of people, teams, and organizations. In addition to helping define their personal leadership style, they will begin to understand what it means to have power and influence over others, as well as how to improve their leadership through interpersonal relationships and emotional intelligence."

During Week One of the first module, individuals are expected to read several foundational articles and spend 45 minutes in a virtual session with the Harvard faculty as well as radiologist co-moderator Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, who will discuss leadership issues directly related to radiology. During Week Two, participants will review several case studies in-depth and compare them to their own practices. Week Three will feature several expert lectures by established faculty and practice leaders. In Week Four, students will examine their own practices and begin applying what they've learned.

The second month of the program will focus on managing change, and the third will discuss business and financial acumen. Throughout the duration of each course, Harvard's trained faculty, as well as the radiologist co-moderators, will be available to answer questions and provide guidance.

"Partnering with the acclaimed Harvard Business Publishing enables the RLI to offer participants a unique, customized, and blended learning experience to support and accelerate the development of innovative leaders who are ready to shape the future of radiology," Cynthia Sherryexplains Cynthia S. Sherry, MD, FACR, RLI medical director and chair of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development. "With the rollout of health-care reform, this initiative has never been more important."

The Harvard curricula will cover topics within the RLI Common Body of KnowledgeTM and will grant RLI credit, which can be used to achieve RLI leadership certificates. The RLI-Harvard modules are expected to begin at the end of August — two months after the RLI opens its virtual doors — and will be limited to 50 people per three-month session.

Ready to Launch

To educate approximately 150 of radiology's seasoned managers, CEOs, and other organizational leaders, as well as formally mark the beginning of the RLI, the institute will hold its official launch event on July 12-15, 2012, in Evanston, Ill. The sold-out event will feature a variety of topics taught by experienced faculty. Instructors are part of the Health Enterprise Management Program, which includes the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. Topics for this audience will include strategies for building and managing organizations; health-care reform and the future of radiology; and developing competencies that will help managers motivate their teams.

The skills provided by the RLI launch event, the RLI-Harvard Emerging Leaders Seminar, courses taught in conjunction with the AIRP rad-path course, and other RLI programming will provide individuals with myriad opportunities to earn RLI credits and advance toward the next levels of achievement within the institute. (Visit http://bit.ly/RLIProgramStructure for an overview of RLI educational achievement levels.) For more information about the RLI and its courses, visit www.radiologyleaders.org.

By Brett Hansen

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