ACR Bulletin June 2012
Q: Tell us about an educational opportunity you've pursued outside the classroom.
I am scheduled to complete a medical journalism elective for ABC News in New York City in October 2012.
ACR travel grand funds member-in-training volunteerism in Bangladesh and Uganda.
To choose the practice of medicine is to build a life and career around helping patients. In that sense, many physicians inherently feel a strong commitment to assisting all communities in need, whether in their own backyard or across the globe.
Hitting the Target
Proton beam therapy eradicates cancer cells with less radiation spill-off. But do its benefits outweigh the cost?
The definition and properties of protons are taught in every basic physics and chemistry class. Yet, what most students never learn is that these positively charged subatomic particles are now being used by radiation oncologists to eradicate cancerous cells.
Close to the Heart
CCTA used to rule out acute coronary syndrome in the ED.
In the past, patients who were at risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) faced a lengthy stay at the hospital.
Radiology Leadership Institute helps radiologists move ahead.
Next month, the ACR Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) will formally begin its curriculum to help radiologists reach their leadership potential.
ACR recognizes its state chapters that have flourished throughout the past year.
Meetings, education, and advocacy are just a few of the vital activities carried out by ACR state chapters. At each AMCLC, chapters are honored for going above and beyond to support their state's radiology community and for their involvement in organized medicine.
ACR Goes to Washington
College members visit Congress to advocate for radiology's best interests.
On Wednesday, April 25, more than 400 radiologists visited approximately 300 congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
Speakers urge members to highlight radiology's relevancy and mitigate uncritical imaging.
As part of Tuesday's program, the economic session included a discussion of the threats to radiology, such as reductions in reimbursement and legislation that could drastically impact the practice of radiology, as well as the successes of the ACR's efforts — both small and large.
Striving for Value-Driven Radiology
Moreton Lecturer encourages a leadership stance on reduction.
This year, the much-anticipated Moreton Lecture featured James L. Reinertsen, MD, founder of the independent health-care consulting and teaching practice The Reinertsen Group, who presented "Possible or Passible? Setting Aims for Accountable Health Care." He began by identifying volume as a key driver of any health system's financial success — "especially the volume of high-margin services such as imaging," he said.
In Pursuit of Excellence
2012 fellows, honorary fellows, and gold medalists represent radiology's finest.
AMCLC attendees reconvened Sunday evening to honor three gold medalists, two honorary fellows, and 112 new fellows at the ACR Convocation.
United We Stand
AMCLC 2012 underscores the importance of advocacy and engagement.
Encouraging member engagement, undertaking grassroots efforts, and curbing unnecessary imaging were all hot topics during the 89th AMCLC, held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
A Meeting for all Members
The 2015 ACR annual meeting will be designed to attract all members. But why are we making a change?
In May of 2015, ACR members attending the AMCLC will engage in a new experience unlike any prior ACR annual meeting — the new conference will include clinical and scientific content. Those who have attended and enjoyed the past meetings may wonder why the ACR leadership has chosen to undertake this adjustment. Let me explain.