Scholarship in Action

Young radiologists learn to design and execute a playbook for sustained practice growth and success at the RLI Leadership Summit.

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Lean operations, AI, value-based versus volume-based imaging… The Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) annual summit focused on these subjects and more. Here are some top takeaways from the 2017 RLI annual summit scholarship recipients.


michael bookerMichael Booker, MD, University of California, San Diego, Calif.
“While criticizing weaknesses can create change in the short-term, sustainable change is best fostered by focusing on strengths and elevating aspirations.”

stephane duschoseStephane L. Desouches, DO, University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.
“As I approach the end of my radiology training and look at the opportunities on the horizon, it is easy to get caught up in numbers such as salary, vacation, workload, etc. However, the culture of a group is perhaps the most important aspect in determining if it is a good fit. The discussions at the summit were instrumental in helping me understand how to ask about the culture of a group and understand the answers that may be given.

Additionally, as the volume of work continues to increase for radiologists, the idea of work-life balance and the specter of burnout are on our minds. It was interesting to see not only recognition of the issue, but also how radiologists are helping themselves and their colleagues. Every group and individual radiologist is different in how they approach burnout, but even small changes, such as being sure to take a break for lunch away from the workstation, can assist in avoiding long-term effects of burnout.”

tiffany khoTiffany Sae Kho, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind.
“As the RLI summit focused on how to practically implement leadership and value into our daily radiology grind, I left feeling motivated and wanting to pass on all I had learned with my radiology peers.”

my nyguenMy-Linh Nguyen, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
“Two points that I took away were 1) effective leaders help imbue others with a sense of purpose, and 2) a look at how pathology is using machine learning in a meaningful way led me to thinking of ways that radiology can apply some of the same methods towards a successful future.”

karen patelKaran Patel, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
I learned that many great leaders use the process of renewal to sustain their effectiveness over time, despite experiencing the chronic stress of responsibility. As usage of medical imaging continues to rise, radiologists are facing an immense pressure to keep up with the demand. Renewal will help prevent burnout by emphasizing a healthy work-life balance. I also learned that as we transition to value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 radiology must adapt to the concept of ‘lean’ to cut costs and increase value creation. Typically, it’s the organization’s inherent culture that can be the biggest obstacle to lean’s adoption and bringing forth change. In addition, we must listen to all our customers (patients, referring physicians, and third-party payers) and incorporate their feedback into our daily practices, which will help radiology stay competitive in the uncertain political climate.”

rebecca pennerRebecca Rakow-Penner,MD, PhD, University of California, San Diego, Calif.
“To be leaders, we need to learn to embrace change when it is in the best interest of our patients. AI will be a game changer in our field in the near future, and we need to help pave the way for how it will positively impact our specialty and improve patient care.

Additionally, to push our field forward, we sometimes need to take a moment to self-reflect and understand the limitations of our own viewpoints. Understanding our own limitations allows us then to think big. The RLI faculty taught us great tools to do this. We all left with plenty of homework!”

brett walkerBrett Walker, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
“The RLI summit provided a dedicated period of time for us as leaders and future leaders to step back from our intense schedules and commitments and examine our core values, motivations, and purposes, as radiologists, physicians, and members of a team. We identified highly specific challenges and developed solutions that would rally our organizations to adopt motivating and sustainable practices.

I learned that every problem I set out to solve will first require me to improve myself and then to lead others to success. When members of a team rally behind a cause they believe in and know they play a critical role in creating a positive outcome, they will be motivated to reach their potential. I came away from the conference motivated to constantly re-evaluate my identity within my organization and create specific targetable goals to reach my ideal self.”

christopher yenChristopher J. Yen, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
“It was an invaluable opportunity to meet leaders at all stages of their careers, from chief residents to mid-career leaders to department chairs, while working in small groups to discuss the many challenges and opportunities faced by the practice of radiology today. The topics of coaching for sustainable change, building a culture of success, and addressing burnout in the workplace reinforced the idea that human capital is the most important element of any team and successful leaders should be in tune with the needs and desires of the people they lead.”


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