Looking Back and Looking Ahead
News from the Chair of the RFS
As the ACR Resident and Fellow Section enters its 27th year, we have much to celebrate but still significant room to grow. The amount we have accomplished in only the past few years is striking, and we aim to maintain, if not improve upon, this trajectory.
The trend of continually increasing engagement by trainees has led to a nearly eightfold increase in the number of RFS members attending the annual meeting compared to its earliest years. Since 2014 alone, attendance has jumped by more than 20 percent. And this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the accelerating engagement of the RFS within the College.
The ACR 2015 poster session had a record number of submissions (nearly doubling the number from the prior year), with 115 top-quality posters selected for display. This poster session, a program started within the RFS, has now evolved to become a component of the meeting at large.
The RFS influence in the annual meeting is also demonstrated by our increasing relevance to the College’s most fundamental activity, its governing council. Key examples of this include resolutions initiated by members of the RFS addressing the fellowship interview process and the election of RFS positions. Additionally, highlighting the importance of resident attendance to the meeting, the council voted to make the annual meeting free for all trainees beginning in 2016.
However, our increasing level of activity and engagement extends beyond just the content of the annual meeting. Over the past three years, the RFS has established itself as a leader in College advocacy efforts with RFS response rates to ACR calls to action regularly outpacing those of the rest of the ACR membership.
The newly formed Economics Advisory Group within the RFS has worked over the past year to get more trainees appointed to ACR economics committees while also expanding its level of involvement in the RFS and in the College at large. Though only in its nascency, this group took on leadership roles in the health care reform session at ACR 2015 and in activities such as the bimonthly online RFS Journal Club.
The RFS has also recently turned its attention to exploring barriers that have discouraged women from pursuing training in radiology. This important work has only just begun, and we are now creating a new RFS committee dedicated to finding ways to improve overall diversity within the field of radiology.
During the past year, we have worked on several new revisions to our monthly eNews newsletter to bring trainees the best information and resources available. One of our newest projects along these lines is right in front of your eyes. The new RFS section of the ACR Bulletin blog will allow us to provide important news and updates in a more contemporaneous and thorough manner.
By Neil U. Lall, MD, RFS chair, neuroradiology fellow at the University of Colorado