Focus on Quality and Safety
Experiences as an Amis Fellow
Manisha Bahl, MD, MPH, is a fourth-year radiology resident at Duke University Medical Center and the 2014–15 E. Stephen Amis, Jr., MD, Fellow in Quality and Safety.
The Amis Fellowship, which is sponsored by the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety, provides the opportunity for two radiology or radiation oncology residents to obtain direct exposure to the functions of the ACR Department of Quality and Safety and to attend the ACR Annual Meeting. The RFS caught up with Bahl to hear about her experience and the takeaways from her fellowship.
RFS: Can you share with us your experience as an Amis Fellow?
MB: I’ve had a wonderful experience as an Amis Fellow. Through the fellowship, I spent a week in the Department of Quality and Safety in Reston, Va., and had the opportunity to attend the ACR Annual Meeting. Throughout the fellowship, I received guidance and support for developing and publishing quality and safety projects.
My week-long visit to Reston was geared toward my interest in breast imaging. For example, I learned in detail about the accreditation processes for mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy and about the development of BI-RADS®. I also had the opportunity to attend the Data Registries Forum, which was held at the Reston office during the week that I visited. I learned about the various ACR registries, such as the Dose Index Registry® and the National Mammography Database. These registries have led to the development of benchmarks and comparisons to help radiology practices improve the quality of patient care.
RFS: What was the highlight of your trip to Washington, D.C., for the ACR Annual Meeting?
MB: As an Amis Fellow, I was asked to serve on one of the Reference Committees. Members of the Reference Committees heard testimony during open hearings about proposed resolutions, which guide the actions and policy positions of the ACR. Then the committees developed reports with recommendations, which were presented to the ACR Council. Through this experience, I learned about many aspects of ACR governance and had the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process!
RFS: How can residents and fellows get involved in the ACR?
MB: The ACR offers a wealth of opportunities for residents and fellows to get involved at the state and national levels. Trainees can apply to several fellowship programs related to quality and safety, education, government relations, scholarly publishing, and economics and health policy, one of which is the Amis Fellowship. Other opportunities include the RFS Journal Club, RFS subcommittees, and the Radiology Leadership Institute®.