A Job Well Done
As the College welcomes its newly elected fellows, we examine what it takes to achieve this rare honor.
Each year at the AMCLC, the College extends the title of fellow of the ACR (FACR) to members who have distinguished themselves from their peers.
Whether they have demonstrated a strong history of service to the College or to organized radiology, teaching, or research, those who have been awarded this honor — one of the College's highest — represent just 10 percent of the ACR's active members. The designation is awarded to diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists during a special ceremony called the Convocation.
Criteria for Nomination
To qualify for nomination to ACR Fellow, an individual must be board-certified and have completed a minimum of 10 consecutive years as a member or a member in physics of both the College and an ACR chapter, or be non-board-certified and have greater than 20 years of membership in the ACR. Nominees for fellowship must be nominated under one or more of the criteria established in the College's bylaws, which are as follows:
Service to the ACR at the national or chapter level. Criteria for a nomination in this category include holding office in an ACR chapter or having served as a chair or member of an ACR committee or commission.
Significant scientific or clinical research in the field of radiology or significant contributions to its literature. Contributions can be made in the fields of radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, or medical physics. Examples include research published in a refereed radiology journal or clinical review articles published in a refereed medical journal.
Service as a teacher of radiology, radiation oncology, or medical physics. Illustrations of this include services rendered as a contributing author, co-author, or editor of a radiology book, chapter of a medcal or non-medical book, ACR monograph, or online CME course; lectures; instruction of medical students, residents, and fellows; and awards received for teaching.
Service to organized medicine. This could include participation in charitable medical services outside of regular practice (i.e., a free clinic, providing health care to the homeless, etc.); government services performed in an elected or appointed office; and participation in public relations activities that explain the specialty of radiology, radiation oncology, or medical physics to the public.
It is not necessary to fulfill all criteria; contributions in any one category may be sufficient as long as nominees demonstrate that they have gone above and beyond the usual and expected activities of their job.
Potential fellows should visit https://facr.acr.org to log in and begin completing the nomination form. Requirements of this form include a current copy of a curriculum vitae and endorsements from two current fellows of the College, at least one of whom is not in practice with the nominee. Once the nomination is completed, it will be submitted to the chapter for review. The chapter will start its review process and provide the College with a decision by June 30, 2013. If approved by the chapter, the Committee on Fellowship Credentials will review each nomination submitted using the criteria located at www.acr.org/fellowship. The results of the review process will be sent to each nominee after the fall board meeting.
By Chris Hobson