Six Ways to Understand ACR Governance and Impact College Policy

The council needs your input and participation. Here’s how to get started.


The success of the College depends on an informed and engaged membership. Understanding ACR governance and how you can impact College policy is critical to achieving this goal. We present six actions you should take to help shape the future of your College.


1. Be Familiar with ACR Governance and College Policy

Review articles published in the JACR®’s “How the ACR Works” series, which explain the role of chapters, the Council Steering Committee, and the Board of Chancellors. You can also read about recent ACR resolutions in the ACR Digest of Council Actions. While we admit it is not likely to appear on anyone’s bestseller list of great cover-to-cover reads, members should at least be aware of its contents. This compendium of resolutions passed by the ACR Council over the past 10 years is a valuable resource for accessing professional and public policy statements. 

2. Get to Know Your Council Representatives

Currently, over 340 councilors serve the College representing the 54 ACR chapters, branches of the military, government agencies, qualified subspecialty societies, the Resident and Fellow Section, and the Young and Early Career Physician Section. Knowing who represents you allows you to directly contact them when you have questions about ACR policy or want to share information regarding challenges currently facing our membership. 

3. Get to Know Members of the CSC

A group of 22 elected and appointed members, the Council Steering Committee (CSC) represents and acts on behalf of the council between annual meetings. Access pictures and bios for all CSC members online and familiarize yourself with the individuals who serve as leaders for the legislative body of the College’s governance.

4. Review Resolutions and Provide Feedback

Each year the council considers resolutions during the ACR annual meeting. These resolutions are generally a mix of bylaws amendments, policy resolutions, and new or revised Practice Parameters and Technical Standards. Resolutions are published in the ACR Bulletin and online in advance of the meeting for review by the full membership. Feedback that you provide to your councilors and CSC members on resolutions can help inform open hearings held at the annual meeting and the final disposition of resolutions acted on by the council.

5. Consider Serving as a Councilor or Alternate Councilor

Each entity qualified for representation on the ACR Council has the responsibility to elect its councilors and alternates. To become fully engaged in College governance, review the Councilor Handbook (at to learn more about the responsibilities of the positions and then consider volunteering to serve your ACR chapter or subspecialty society in this capacity.

6. Register to Attend ACR 2016 – The Crossroads of Radiology®

The annual ACR Council meeting will be held in conjunction with the ACR’s second annual all-member meeting, May 15–19, 2016. As an attendee, you can participate in the business meeting of the College and help guide the development of Practice Parameters, Technical Standards, and College policy. In addition, the meeting provides an opportunity for you to learn, network, and share ideas with colleagues and leaders from across the specialty.

Remember, it is only through sound governance that the College can manage multiple initiatives, remain focused on its strategic plan, and address the needs of a diverse membership. As a member, you are integral to the College’s governance. Your input, whether directly or through your representative leaders on the council, is critical to the ACR’s continued success. We welcome your feedback and questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By William T. Herrington, MD, FACR, Speaker, and Timothy L. Swan, MD, FACR, Vice Speaker

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