Your Board in Action
ACR leaders set new goals for 2013.
In October 2012, the ACR Board of Chancellors (BOC) and Council Steering Committee (CSC) held their fall meeting in San Francisco. The meeting included presentations and updates on the progress of a variety of projects.
Meeting highlights included presentations by Richard B. Gunderman, MD, FACR, vice chair of radiology and professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis. A particularly interesting presentation focused on how ultrasound has changed our view of health, disease, and the world in which we live.
Another presentation addressed the advantages and disadvantages of democracy related to government, character, associations, and faith. Gunderman's third presentation focused on the professional and personal benefits of generosity related to receiving and giving. He talked about Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, to demonstrate who we are and who we can be. Learn more about Gunderman's book, X-Ray Vision, at http://bit.ly/X-RayVision.
I am happy to report that the BOC approved the Committee on Awards and Honors' recommendations to present Gold Medals at AMCLC 2013 to the following individuals:
•Richard T. Hoppe, MD, FACR, from Stanford, Calif.
•Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR, from Tampa, Fla.
•Harvey L. Neiman, MD, FACR, from McLean, VA.
The following individuals will receive Honorary Fellowship:
•Moshe Graif, MD, from Nahariya, Israel
•Mukund Joshi, MD, from Dadar, Mumbai, India
The BOC also agreed to honor 126 ACR members with the distinction of ACR fellowship. These individuals will officially become fellows at AMCLC 2013.
Mark J. Adams, MD, FACR, and Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, presented the pros and cons of efforts to grow international membership. The attendees were asked to give comments to the speakers for discussion at the next BOC meeting.
Paul A. Larson, MD, FACR, ACR representative to the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), and Jacques K. Levesque, MD, CAR representative on the BOC, gave an update on CAR activities.
Later in the meeting, we discussed our international efforts. Brad Short reported on the outstanding work by members of the Haiti Radiology Outreach Program. In spring 2011, James P. Borgstede, MD, FACR, Charles R. Phelps, MD, Brad, and I met with Haitian Medical Society representatives and toured Haiti's Grace Children's Hospital, University/General Hospital, and Hospital of Peace.
Following our spring 2012 BOC meeting, we implemented an educational program in Haiti, chaired by Douglas L. "Rusty" Brown, MD. We also continue the work to re-establish a radiology residency program in the country. This is only possible with the help of many radiologists, technologists, and ultrasonographers, who are also working on delivering equipment and developing resources and educational materials in both Creole and English. The first educational program was held in June 2012 and included 92 participants (approximately 60 percent of whom were physicians and 30 percent of whom were technologists) who represented more than 20 Haitian health facilities. Our volunteers led 20 lectures and hands-on-training sessions during the two-day event. Another program is planned for March 2013 and will cover radiology and pediatrics.
Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR, chair of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute (HPI), reported that Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR, was appointed HPI CEO and senior research fellow, while Danny R. Hughes, PhD, has a new role has HPI research director and senior research fellow.
The HPI is designed to help guide members who are asked to participate in nontraditional payment systems and to provide the necessary data to allow members to effectively advocate for radiology. The institute will support the College's advocacy efforts, and its researchers will provide information members can use in their practices.
Allen also reported on Imaging 3.0, and ACR strategic initiative that addresses ever-changing issues related to health-care delivery and payment systems. Imaging 3.0 will serve as a resource to ACR leadership, staff, state chapters, and volunteer members in their ongoing and future work with patients, referring physicians, hospitals, health systems, payers, policymakers, and legislators. It is intended to help radiologists meaningfully advance longitudinal patient care through the application of systems, tools, and programs that support evidence-based and appropriate practice.
Spotlight on Quality and Safety
James A. Brink, MD, FACR, chair of the Global Summit for Radiological Quality and Safety (GSRQS), a joint meeting between the International Society of Radiology and the ACR, informed the BOC and CSC that the first GSRQS meeting will be held following the AMCLC in May 2013. The tentative agenda includes discussion on the appropriateness of imaging, radiation protection/infrastructure, and quality and safety.
Albert L. Blumberg, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology, reported on the recent change in the Radiation Oncology Accreditation program, noting that despite the withdrawal of the American Society of Radiation Oncology from the joint program, the ACR Radiation Oncology Accreditation Program remains unchanged.
It is the gold standard for radiation oncology accreditation, and accredited sites, or those facilities that have recently applied for accreditation, should be assured that they have the best peer-reviewed, educationally focused evaluation process to help them achieve their goal of providing excellent patient care.
The board also heard reports and updates from multiple other ACR Commissions. Other reports included updates from the CSC Workgroups, on the Radiology Advocacy Network, on the Radiology Leadership Institute, from the Task Force on Interventional Radiology, and on the 2012 ACR Forum.
Finally, the BOC approved new compensation policy for senior management, approved a point-of-care ultrasound resolution (to the be sent to the ACR Council for approval), created the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity, and approved plans to develop a common society website.
By Paul H. Ellenbogen, MD, FACR, Chair