What's Next for the Annual Meeting?
The format at ACR 2018 will re-emphasize governance and the business of advocating for radiology.
The ACR Bylaws charge the Council with the duty to make policy for and thereby guide the direction of the organization.
The Council is a representative body made up of 351 elected members from 54 chapters and councilors from 31 radiology societies. The Council conducts its business at the annual meeting of the ACR held in the spring each year in Washington, D.C.
Beginning in 2015, the ACR experimented with an all-member educational meeting tied to the annual governance meeting. The goal was to expose the broader ACR membership to the governance functions of the College and increase participation in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. This format provided high-quality educational content, attracting new members who had not previously attended an ACR annual meeting. However, the educational content competed directly with governance activities.
Realizing that the quality and quantity of educational content was detracting from the main purpose of the annual meeting (the governance of the College), the CSC recommended, and the BOC accepted, a change. At ACR 2018, the focus will be back on the governance activities of the organization. Given space and time limitations, that decision results in a significant reduction in broad-based educational content. This year’s meeting will be more targeted to meet the needs of our members and their elected Council representatives. Educational content in 2018 will be directed toward chapter leadership, state government relations, and economics. High-quality educational content formerly presented at the annual meeting will be rolled into other educational events (e.g., the ACR Annual Conference on Quality and Safety, American Institute for Radiologic Pathology correlation courses, the ACR-RBMA Practice Leaders Forum, and Radiology Leadership Institute® programs).
This coming May, the ACR Council will consider several resolutions that will guide the future direction of the College, including governance issues and support for the ACR Data Science Institute™. The CSC remains actively engaged in its annual review of policies, technical standards, and practice parameters, which will also be considered by the Council in May. Members of the CSC continue to communicate with and solicit ideas and suggestions from chapter leaders and the membership to help guide the College into the future.
By Timothy L. Swan, MD, FACR, Speaker, and Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, Vice Speaker