Preserving Tradition, Expanding Opportunity

Sketching the blueprints for this year's AMCLC.preserving tradition

The 2011 AMCLC will provide a unique opportunity for ACR members to influence the policy and direction of the College. Preparations have begun, deadlines have been set, and the Council Steering Committee (CSC) anticipates a vibrant meeting in Washington, D.C., from May 14-18.

The conference brings together councilors and representatives from 54 state chapters and 25 radiology subspecialty societies with diverse demographics and practice settings. These differing perspectives enhance the CSC's discussions and debates about the issues facing our specialty in these turbulent times.

A goal of tenure as speaker is to empower the council to make policy, which is mostly accomplished by passage of resolutions at this meeting. To that aim, the council has approved a new document drafted by CSC member Katie D. Lozano, M.D., which provides a primer on how to introduce a resolution for the council's consideration. The document, which will be posted on the ACR AMCLC web portal at, will provide links to members of the CSC and Board of Chancellors (BOC) as well as contact information for chapters and subspecialty societies. (Individuals can also visit for more information about the CSC members.) I recommend that you contact me or any of these individuals or groups to facilitate the consideration of issues you think the ACR should address.

In addition, the orientation session for new councilors will be expanded and all interested councilors will be invited. The orientation is designed to improve awareness of the governance processes of the ACR and the council, and make the annual meeting less daunting for new councilors and enhance the effectiveness of experienced councilors. We want to hear your opinions.

With all of the challenges we face as radiologists, members surely have thoughts on where our specialty must go and how the ACR can help us get there. ... We want to hear your opinions.

Meeting Plans Take Shape

Our regular program for the 2011 AMCLC is supplemented with important lectures and discussions about the challenges our members and specialty face. This year, we invited Donald M. Berwick, M.D., CMS administrator, to deliver Monday's Robert D. Moreton Lecture. Other featured speakers will include informatics expert Keith J. Dreyer, D.O., Ph.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who will deliver the Tuesday lunch presentation on meeting meaningful use criteria for electronic records so radiologists can take advantage of potential federal subsidies. Shay Pratt, managing director of the Advisory Board Co. — a national consulting group for hospitals — will discuss the evolving nature of radiologist-hospital relations.

With all of the challenges we face as radiologists, members surely have thoughts on where our specialty must go and how the ACR can help us get there. While I have not yet chosen the topics for the open microphone sessions, I have a few potential topics in mind that will give you the chance to listen to your fellow councilors and be heard by the ACR leaders.

Continuing our tradition of providing clinical education for attendees, the pre-meeting educational symposia on Saturday, May 14, "Radiation Dose and CT Scanning: Perspectives on the Problem and Potential Solutions," will be co-sponsored by the ACR and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

The 2011 AMCLC promises to be an outstanding opportunity for ACR members to participate in the policy-making process, stellar educational sessions, federal health-care advocacy, and discussions of issues critical to the future of the profession. For more information about the conference, visit To learn about the CSC, volunteerism, or ACR state chapters, contact Brad Short, senior director of member services, at 800-227-5463, ext. 4795, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alan KayeBy Alan D. Kaye, M.D., FACR
Speaker, ACR Council

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