3 Questions About the Council Steering Committee

Andrew Moriarity, MD, RFS representative to the Council Steering Committee (CSC), explains the role of the committee in ACR governance — and why it matters to you.

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1. What is the CSC and what role does the CSC play in ACR governance?

The governance structure of the ACR closely parallels that of the U.S. government. The Council Steering Committee is similar to the legislative branch, while the Board of Chancellors (BOC) acts as its executive branch. Similar to the U.S. Congress, the ACR Council is composed of representatives from the ACR state chapters and various specialty societies.

Because the council meets only once per year (during the ACR annual meeting), the ACR saw a need for a smaller body to meet more often and represent the council when not in session.
We are, of course, talking about the CSC. This group is composed of both elected and appointed members who act on behalf of the council in between the yearly meeting. The CSC includes several workgroups that study issues important to ACR members. The five major roles of the CSC are as follows:

  1. Developing and managing resolutions for the annual meeting
  2. Overseeing the practice parameters and technical standards approval process
  3. Planning the annual council meeting and the governance pathway for the ACR annual meeting
  4. Acting as a liaison with chapters and radiology societies
  5. Acting as a liaison with the BOC and its commissions

Much more detail is available in a recent JACR® series that explains the roles of the CSC, BOC, and ACR Chapters.

2. How did you become a member of the CSC?

At the 2013 annual ACR RFS meeting, I was elected by other members-in-training to be the ACR RFS vice chair. The three-year term includes subsequent one-year positions as RFS chair and past chair. The ACR speaker invites both the current chair and the past chair to represent the RFS on the CSC. Together with the current chair of the Young and Early Career Physicians Section, the three of us provide the unique perspective of the next generation of radiologists.

3. What should the members know about the CSC?

The most important roles of the CSC are to facilitate the ACR Council’s policy-making responsibility and to represent the diverse perspective of all members. When the BOC transferred the role of policy-making to the council in the 1960s, it provided all ACR members with the opportunity to make significant contributions to our organization and to help shape the practice and future of radiology.
Ensuring good governance is a complex task, but also one of the important obligations of all ACR members. The CSC exists to make sure that the full potential of this challenged is realized for the benefit of our patients, our practice, and the entire society.

By Andrew Moriarity, MD, RFS representative to the CSC

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