RFS Member Experience at ACR 2017: Part 1

RFS acr2017The 2017 ACR meeting was an incredible behind-the-scenes experience into the political side of medicine and radiology.

Advocacy is not emphasized enough during our medical school or residency training. It is, however, a crucial component for our continued success as a specialty. Additionally, personally lobbying for our specialty and promoting patient advocacy generates a level of satisfaction and excitement that cannot otherwise be obtained from the reading room. Popular topics at the 2017 meeting included implementation of value-based care and how advancements in artificial intelligence present opportunities for our field rather than threats.

The North Carolina chapter of the ACR and its devoted members deserve an immense amount of recognition. Our state is very fortunate to have an active chapter with numerous well-known and highly connected individuals who have been dedicated advocates for both patients and radiology.

The importance of advocating for our specialty cannot be overstated. Advocating for Medicare reimbursement of CT colonography, maintaining CT lung cancer and mammography screening without cost sharing, as well as preserving NIH funding were the main political topics discussed on Capitol Hill. Witnessing the grassroots process and discussion of these issues firsthand allows us to better understand and appreciate what we do.

I would strongly encourage current and prospective radiology residents to attend this meeting. Additionally, the ACR meeting is a great setting for socializing with fellow members and finding out about great potential career opportunities. It was an honor and a privilege to have attended this year’s meeting, and I look forward to being involved with the ACR in the future.

By Cane Hoffman, MD, radiology resident at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC


This was my second time attending the ACR annual meeting. I arrived on Monday, so I did not get to attend the resident and fellow sessions this year. Last year, I particularly liked the sessions on interviewing, non-clinical careers, and the job panel. This year, I thought the speed mentoring was very relevant and a great addition to the meeting.

The best discussions I attended were "Contract Negotiation" with Alexander M. Norbash, MD, FACR, and "Becoming a Good Mentor" with James V. Rawson, MD, FACR. However, the session could be improved. Five minutes simply was not enough time as the discussion was generally limited to a single question. If the question asked by another attendee was not a good question, the session lost its value.
In my opinion, Capitol Hill Day continues to be a success. The Capitol Hill Club was a good rendezvous location but had no available seating during busy parts of the day.

By Blake Chism, MD, radiology resident at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis

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