What Have We Been Up To?
Achievements from 2013-2014 and a focus for the year ahead.
We had a great year! The twenty-two members of the 2013–2014 CSC engaged in a variety of activities over the past year to enable the continued effectiveness of the CSC and the council at large.
There was the traditional work of planning the annual meeting, liaising with chapters and societies, stewarding the process of member comments on the guidelines and standards, and facilitating and sponsoring policy resolutions. The council also engaged in a historical review and debate to provide recommendations regarding council representation, performed CSC strategic planning that resulted in a first-ever mission statement, and participated in the development of governance programming for ACR 2015. In my second year as council speaker, I plan to use the achievements of this past year and of prior years as a foundation for the work of the CSC in 2014–2015.
What should the council represent? Is it the ACR membership or the radiology community? The timing couldn’t have been better for the CSC to consider this fundamental question given that a policy regarding representation was up for 10-year review. CSC members debated the issue and concluded that the council should represent the College membership.
ACR policy titled “Criteria for Representation on the ACR Council” was brought forward for consideration at the 2014 AMCLC. Although only just placed on the docket for review in 2014, the criteria have been an item of discussion within the CSC for the past three years. Despite significant discussion and review of related issues, the CSC had not reached a consensus until this year.
To make a recommendation on the current criteria to either sunset, renew, or renew with amendment, the CSC undertook a significant amount of investigation. To review the criteria as it relates to the number of members and percentage of membership within the ACR, a sample audit of society membership was performed. All societies met current criteria for council membership. Based on the audit, no recommendation was made to amend the criteria. The larger issue at hand was that the current policy lacked provision for a consistent approach to review and evaluate society seats, although chapter seats are audited every three years. Last fall, the CSC engaged in a point-counterpoint on both the definition of what the council represents and on whether to change the rules on society representation to the ACR Council. The CSC recommended amended language to provide society member audits every five years, resulting in the 10-year extension of policy resolution submitted for AMCLC 2014.
CSC Strategic Planning
This item began as the charge of CSC Work Group III in the summer of 2013 and became a focal point for the entire group. In January, it culminated in the development of a CSC mission statement and recommendations for how the CSC can best fulfill its primary roles. The CSC focused on those related to policy resolution management, liaison work with chapters and societies, and the approval process for practice guidelines and technical standards. Other critical roles the CSC performs in the College include planning the annual meeting and communicating with the Board of Chancellors and leaders within the College.
The resulting mission statement is as follows: the mission of the Council Steering Committee is to be the representative voice of the ACR membership, by facilitating and developing ACR policy. More information about the CSC can be found at http://bit.ly/ACR-CSC.
In addition to adopting a mission statement, the CSC has developed goal statements for work groups on the 2014–2015 CSC. Under the leadership of newly assigned work group chairs, CSC members will work to fulfill the council’s newly defined mission and goals.
The format for the ACR annual meeting will expand in 2015, when the College holds its first annual meeting designed to bring together the best of the ACR — and the best of radiology — in one setting. The ACR 2015 program chair, Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, has done an outstanding job creating a unique set of tracks that reflect the strengths of the ACR. Although the moniker AMCLC will sunset following the 2014 meeting, governance activities and those sessions that long-time AMCLC attendees have come to know will be retained.
As co-chair for the ACR 2015™ Planning Committee, I have worked with leaders to prepare the council for the exciting changes in 2015. Several members of the CSC serve on the planning and program committees to provide input and coordination between the traditional council meeting and the new programming. This input has proven particularly valuable for enhancing IT solutions, especially for the Capitol Hill visits and engaging trainees at the meeting. In addition, because the meeting is open to all ACR members and their fellow colleagues in radiology, there is potential for the ACR to have a larger presence on Capitol Hill. It will continue to be a priority for the College to be at the leading edge and to educate our members and the radiology community in advocacy, economics, and quality and safety. This is the focus of the expanded meeting program, which could not come at a better time given the dramatic changes happening in our field. Read more about ACR 2015 on page 16 and at http://bit.ly/ACR2015.
By Kimberly E. Applegate, MD, MS, FACR, Speaker of the Council