JACR Tweet Chats — Join the Conversation
Join us for the #JACR® Tweet Chat with a new topic every month. The following article is a summary of comments from the May 2019 Tweet Chat for those who missed it. Full transcripts are available at www.jacr.org/twitter-archive. The May 2019 JACR Tweet Chat topic was Clinician Well-Being: Why it Matters to You and Your Patients. The session was co-moderated by Ian Weissman, DO @DrIanWeissman and Sheri Jordan, MD @SJordanMD. The ACR has a dedicated Radiologist Well-Being Program with an assessment tool and complete curriculum to address this critical subject.
Learn More About AI in Radiology — Why Now Is the Time
It’s hard to go a day without hearing something about AI in radiology. The news is mixed — and confusing. Some stories are about how AI outperformed radiologists in a particular task. Others are about how a particular AI solution worked well at one practice but not at another. Still others call attention to the fact that some “AI” solutions aren’t even using AI. So what are you, a young and early career radiologist, supposed to do?
Does It Have What it Takes? Developing Use Cases for AI in Radiology
AI. Machine Learning. Deep Learning. As a professional in the field of radiology or radiation oncology, it is nearly impossible for you to go a day without hearing at least one of these words, if not all three. AI is riding high on the hype cycle curve and I would venture to guess that everyone from your coworkers to your nonmedical friends and family members have not only asked you about it, but have offered their opinion as to how they think it will affect your career. Perhaps you have a strong computer science background and have run machine learning networks of your own. Alternatively, you may be an AI novice with more questions than answers. Whatever the case, I hope to assure you that the ACR is fervently working to ensure that the implementation of these new tools results in making not only your life, but your patients’ lives better.
Young (and Early Career) Physician Programming at ACR 2019
The YPS Executive Committee has put together another exciting slate of programming on the afternoon of Saturday, May 18, at the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting. This YPS programming is free for all ACR members and will take place before the general ACR meeting, so you can sit back, relax, and earn 3.25 CME credits without having to worry about schedule conflicts!
The Power of Communication
Why are effective communication skills important for the future of young radiologists?
Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) has become a priority in radiology departments across the countries in the past few years.1 With the advent of the Imaging 3.0® initiative, the radiologist went from being only involved in reading, dictating, and transcribing the imaging study to being involved in the entire imaging process — from initial consult to conveying the results of the imaging study to the patient or clinician. We are now communicating with patients and clinicians more than ever to make radiology more patient- and family-centered. As young radiologists, some of you were trained since the ACGME made proficiency communication and interpersonal skills a mandatory milestone for radiology residency training. However, many residency programs still struggle to effectively incorporate this into residency training — thus young radiologists’ communication skills training are still variable. Why should young radiologists make it a priority to ensure they have effective communication skills? The answer is more than just to fall in line with the recommendations from the ACR to make radiology more patient- and family-centered — your career success and happiness may depend on it.
#Radparents, You’ve Got This
Recently, I had the honor of speaking at the Tennessee and Kentucky Radiology Society state chapter meeting. State chapter meetings are my favorite: getting to hear about the successes and challenges of colleagues across the country, sharing some of the important work the ACR is doing, and talking about economics and health policy (my other favorite). In addition, this particular state chapter meeting promised and delivered both college basketball and the privilege of sharing a stage with Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR. Pretty close to professional nirvana!
The Future is Now
Serving as the first elected YPS member of the ACR BOC is undoubtedly a privilege. More importantly, creation of this position clearly demonstrates the College’s commitment to its youngest members. The first few months in this position have granted greater insight into the inner workings of the College, while also providing a platform for open discussion with College leadership about matters that are most pertinent for the youngest generation of practicing radiologists.
Transforming Ambitions into Real-World Achievement
The inaugural ACR YPS virtual book club meeting took place on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, as a jointly sponsored event by the YPS and the Women in Radiology Facebook group. The book chosen was How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. This was an apt choice, as many of us want to know more about how to transform our ambitions into real-world achievement. We addressed the book’s subheading of the 12 habits that may hold women back in their careers, focusing on how these apply to early careers in radiology. The event moderators, Agnieska Solberg, MD, and YPS Social Media Liaison Taj Kattapuram, MD, are both current YPS members and led an in-depth, thoughtful, and engaging discussion.
YPS Member Spotlight:Working to Empower Women
Janushi Dalal, MD, is a radiologist working at the Women’s Diagnostic Centers of Community Healthcare System in northwest Indiana. Her story begins in Northwest Indiana where, when it was time to go to college, she had ambitions of going away to business school to become a restaurant proprietor. Those aspirations were counter to her parent’s expectations that she would follow in their footsteps and become a physician. But an unexpected turn of events would take her on a different path. “Right before I was set to take off, my grandfather fell ill. I knew in that moment that I could not leave. That was the best decision I have ever made,” says Dalal.
Diversity in Radiology
Are we where we need to be?
The simple answer is no, and the hard truth is that overcoming this is a significant challenge, but no less imperative to the future of the success of our profession. Providing the best possible care to an increasingly diverse patient population will only be achieved when we have a similar diversity amongst our workforce in radiology. That diversity will also prove essential to adapting to the increasing complexity of the demands facing our specialty. Diversity enables an environment where differences in backgrounds, mindset, and understanding can contribute to enhanced innovation, collaboration, and problem solving. It may also help to address long-standing inequality issues within our healthcare system.
Radiology and the Media
Here’s what you need to know about getting involved in the wider conversation in medicine.
As our healthcare paradigm continues to shift, it will become even more imperative for radiologists to make their presence known in this space. First and foremost, getting out there and debunking the myths regarding radiology and cancer screening would be hugely beneficial to radiology and our patients. Most people are confused about the recommendations for their cancer screening so who better to provide accurate information than the experts themselves?
How the Moorefield Fellowship Jump-Started My Academic Career
It was November of my second year of radiology residency. I had recently transferred programs, moving from one coast to another to be with my husband. My new program at Emory University had offered to sponsor residents for the Introduction to Academic Radiology program (ITAR) at the RSNA meeting. So there I was at RSNA in the ITAR program, when I heard a brief mention about the ACR’s James M. Moorefield, MD, Fellowship in Economics and Health Policy . It was a moment where I thought about the potential to merge my prior career in investment banking with medicine. It was in my plan all along, but there had not been any great opportunities in medical school and up to that point in residency. I set a reminder on my phone about the application timing.
YPS: 2017-2018 Executive Committee Update
The ACR YPS consists of members of the College who are either under the age of 40 or within their first eight years of practice following the completion of training. The YPS comprises over 6,000 members and is represented by a seven-member executive committee that is elected by those members attending the College’s annual meeting each May. The members of the Executive Committee (EC) for the 2017-2018 term were:
Radiologist? Here’s How Your CME/SA-CME Requirement Works
CME is required — but it doesn’t have to be painful
My passion is to simplify your life as a rising radiologist. This past year, I waded through the details of CME requirements and called various boards for clarification on behalf of us all. Here’s my distilled guide to your CME and SA-CME requirements.
An Opportunity for YPS Members to Re-Think the Peer Review Process
Many radiology practices are not routinely meeting the goals of providing timely feedback to radiologists in a way that meets the needs of their stakeholders. The peer review process for radiologists is imperative to success building for those we routinely take care of.
Speed Mentoring at ACR 2018
The ACR 2018 Speed Mentoring Session will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. EDT. Using the successful model employed by the American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR), the members of the ACR YPS and the AAWR organized a successful mentoring session in 2017 with over 120 members of the YPS, RFS, and AAWR members-in-training in attendance. As a result, the Speed Mentoring Session will again be a part of the main meeting program this year, sponsored by the ACR YPS, ACR RFS, and the AAWR. As another added perk to this year’s session, lunch will be provided.
The Medicare Quality Payment Program: Year Two Updates
MACRA called for CMS to implement the creation of a new federal value-based payment system. In response, CMS established the Quality Payment Program (QPP), replacing and consolidating a number of previously existing smaller Medicare payment programs. 2017 represented Year One of the QPP, with physicians’ performance in that year impacting their 2019 payments. The 2017 QPP regulations were designed to allow participants to “pick your pace,” with greatly reduced regulatory burden compared with the anticipated full implementation of the program. As of this writing in February 2018, we are now early in Year Two of the QPP. In Year Two, CMS has advanced a number of the program’s requirements while at the same time adding certain new flexibilities and options. This article highlights a number of these key updates to the QPP for 2018.
Preview of YPS Programming at ACR 2018
The YPS executive committee has put together an exciting program targeted for its members at the 2018 ACR annual meeting in May.
Media Training for Radiologists
Tips for an on-camera interview
As radiology evolves, you may be asked to give an interview about the changing field and technology. That’s great news! Being interviewed by local or national media has the potential to simultaneously educate the public on patient care issues while also raising your profile and advancing knowledge about our profession.
RADxx — A Networking Group for Women in Informatics
RADxx, a new networking group for the advancement of women in informatics, is garnering momentum.
So you want to start a prostate mpMRI practice?
A radiologist shares his tips for building a successful program.
So you want to start a multiparametric prostate MRI (mpMRI) practice? You are not alone…and you can do it. That said, the decision of whether or not to enter into the expanding clinical space of prostate mpMRI is complex and one that should not be entered into lightly.
Through the (YPS) Looking Glass
A YPS member reflects on her ACR CSC experience
This past spring, I was incredibly honored to be appointed to the ACR CSC. While my appointment was met with warm praise from my wonderful YPS colleagues, I knew that by taking on this role the congratulations would have to be earned by hard work and dedication to the College through my service on the CSC.
The ACR’s YPS BOC Position
An excellent leadership opportunity in the ACR
At the ACR annual meeting in May 2016, Resolution 42b was submitted and sponsored by the BOC and CSC, and was passed by the Council. This resolution was submitted in response to the ACR’s strategic plan to have a renewed focus on the ACR’s Young and Early Career Professional Section (YPS).
Career Planning, Transitioning and Avoiding Burnout
Advice to radiology students, residents and fellows on setting realistic goals and achieving work-life balance
As a medical student and resident/fellow, your career steps are well-outlined. Study for the next test, pass boards, apply for residency, fellowship, or your first job. After training, your next steps become more ambiguous. A wrong move or non-ideal job can lead to significant stress, burnout, loss of income, or even the end of a career. With appropriate planning, savvy decision-making, and smart guidance, mistakes can be avoided and your career can be successful and satisfying.
Meet the 2017 Valerie P. Jackson (VPJ) Education Fellowship Recipients
This year’s VPJ fellows share what they learned about the operations of the ACR Education Department
The Valerie P. Jackson Education Fellowship provides the opportunity for radiologists to gain direct exposure to the operations of the ACR Education Department.
A Resident’s View of ACR Capitol Hill Day and Radiology Advocacy
A resident learns about ACR advocacy thanks to the generosity of MORADS.
As one of the fortunate radiology residents chosen to represent the Missouri Radiological Society (MORADS) at the ACR 2017 Annual Meeting and Capitol Hill Day, I had the pleasure of learning some hands-on advocacy information on what it takes to support radiologists’ interests as they pertain to patient care and other important aspects.
MACRA and MIPS: A Resident Primer
As residents, attending physicians often insulate our learning environment from the political whirlpool of insurance reimbursements. However, the education and awareness of the financial climate affecting our daily practice is crucial to our training as radiologists. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is frequently reported on in medical news and literature.
American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2):
What Does This Mean to You?
Members of the A3CR2 Executive Committee gather at the AUR 2017 annual meeting in Hollywood,Fla. Pictured from left to right are Daniella Asch, MD (Secretary); Daniel Ortiz, MD (President); Dexter Mendoza, MD (Vice President); William Sherk, MD (Treasurer).
So you have been bestowed one of the greatest honors you can get as a resident; you are now a chief resident. Surprisingly, this is faced by many with mixed emotions of excitement, honor, anxiety, and isolation. A popular stated quote is “It’s lonely at the top.” However, you don’t have to be alone.
August 2017 JACR Highlights
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. — Albert Einstein
Evaluation of the “Angelina Jolie Effect” on Screening Mammography Utilization in an Academic Center: The increased awareness that celebrities bring to a specific topic, product, or practice is a very well-known and real phenomenon.
On the Path to Becoming an American-Trained Radiologist
The radiologist is the key to a correct diagnosis. Radiology has a large number of examinations to achieve that objective — conventional radiology, ultrasound, CT, magnetic resonance, hybrid imaging, SPECT scanner, PET-CT, and PET-RM. But the art of radiology is in the accurate selection of these tests.
Waiting It Out
A doctor-turned-patient’s point of view
My eyes fixed on the ultrasound monitor, I watched as the core biopsy needle was advanced into the lymph node and then deployed with a loud click. It wasn’t the first time I’d been part of an ultrasound guided biopsy.
Introducing the 2017 – 2018 ACR-YPS Executive Committee (EC)
Young Professionals and Radiology Advocacy Network
The Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) is a group of radiologists across the country working to ensure that radiology’s voice is heard at the local and federal levels. The ACR® Young Professional Section (YPS) is seeking to increase participation of early-career members in political advocacy and engage them in advancement of our specialty.
The Young and Early Career Professional Section: Supporting the Transition From Training Into Practice
The ACR’s Young and Early Career Professional Section includes all ACR members under the age of 40 or within eight years of completion of training. With over 6,000 members, it currently represents over 16% of total ACR membership.
The Voice of Radiology Is Strong
Radiologists head to the Hill to meet their representatives and advocate for their patients.
This May, over 500 radiologists, fellows, and residents attended the annual Capitol Hill Day during the ACR® annual meeting.
Speed Mentoring at ACR 2017
Onboarding: Achieving Long-term Success for the Practice and New Radiologist
The many years of education and training physicians undergo provides them with multiple transitions to new environments as learners and professionals.
Why I Got Involved
Several years ago as a second year resident, one of my senior residents approached me in the hallway and said, “I think you’d make an excellent leader. You should join the Massachusetts Medical Society.”
YPS Executive Committee – Yearly Recap
Over the past year, the ACR YPS Executive Committee (EC) has been busy and productive.
Laying the Foundation
ACR establishes Young Physicians Section to foster the growth of talented early-career radiologists.
While many important resolutions were presented to the ACR Council at the 2012 AMCLC, one in particular should resonate with young physicians and those early in their careers.