A new ACR commission seeks to change the traditional face of radiology.
The new Commission for Women and Diversity was formed to serve as an advisory group to the Board of Chancellors and to improve the specialty of radiology through mentorship, leadership, and service engagement with an emphasis on diversity.
Headed by Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, the commission is also tasked with supporting and educating the radiology community through research and analysis of diversity-related socioeconomic trends. It will oversee two committees: the Committee for Women, headed by Julia R. Fielding, MD, and the Committee for General Diversity, headed by Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, FACR.
The Committee for Women's Imaging
The purpose of this committee is "to attract and retain women in radiology, to research and implement programs to help women advance in academic and private practice, [and] to advocate for equal opportunities for women," according to its mission statement. Its tasks include the following:
1: Assess and report on the status of women in radiology.
2: Examine and make recommendations about issues that affect women, including recruitment, advancement, and retention; professional development and recognition; mentoring; maternity and child- and elder-care policies; salary equity; and personal safety
3: Collaborate with other radiology organizations in support of gender-equity initiatives
4: Recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in radiology
The Committee for General Diversity
The purpose of this committee is "to understand and leverage the diversity of radiologists for the benefit of the profession and its service to our patients [and] to develop and advance programs which enhance the opportunities, participation, and contribution of groups historically underrepresented in radiology," according to its mission statement. Its tasks include the following:
1: Study and report on the current state of diversity in radiology
2: Identify, characterize, and report on issues unique to the various dimensions of diversity, including community, race, and ethnicity; academic versus private practices; career phases and life stages; sexual orientation; and on-site versus remote radiology
3: Identify barriers to nontraditional undergraduates and medical students entering radiology and propose initiatives to surmount those barriers
4: Collaborate with other radiology and professional medical organizations in promoting and leveraging diversity
5: Celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in radiology, provide nontraditional role models, and encourage the expanding contributions of these groups to radiology
By Brett Hansen