Lifelong Learning for All Physicians

Deitte Professional Photo PREFERREDLori A. Deitte, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Publications and Lifelong Learning (CoPLL) contributed this post.

The ACR has long been committed to meeting the lifelong professional development needs of radiologists and other radiology professionals. We also recognize our position of influence among our colleagues across other aspects of medicine.

That’s why we were so excited when the American Medical Association (AMA) approached us earlier this year with an invitation to become the first medical specialty society content partner for their new online education portal, the AMA Ed Hub™. Launched this week, AMA Ed Hub provides a streamlined way to find, earn, track and report continuing medical education (CME) and other education.

As part of this partnership, ACR is proud to offer a selected portion of its many educational opportunities to physicians of all specialties. Topics addressed in this sampling of our resources include physician leadership, data science, research and clinical practice management.

In addition to the ACR content, the AMA Ed Hub features activities on clinical and interdisciplinary topics from a variety of trusted sources, including the CME activities from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network’s JN Learning and AMA STEPs Forward. The AMA is also working toward collaborating with other organizations to expand the library of educational opportunities available through the AMA Ed Hub.

At launch, AMA Ed Hub automatically reports education credits earned through the platform directly to select medical licensing boards. Physicians who are board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics or licensed in Tennessee or North Carolina will be the first to experience automatic credit reporting through the platform. The AMA plans to expand these capabilities to additional specialty and state boards.

We encourage ACR members and all physicians to take advantage of this new educational platform that the AMA hopes will make the process of obtaining credits for continued learning as effective and as streamlined as possible.

  • Which of the ACR’s educational opportunities has most benefited you?
  • What additional educational resources are you interested in?

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Building the Pipeline of Female Radiology Leaders

canon19_retouchedThis post was contributed by Cheri Canon, MD, FACR, professor and chair of radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

After spending summers working in a family practice physician office and as a clerk on an ICU ward, I knew medicine was for me. However, radiology was a late decision and a pivot, as I was headed towards a career in orthopedics. An elective in radiology was a game-changer. However, although the healthcare workforce is approximately 70 percent female, there were very few female leaders in medicine, especially radiology. Women occupy only about 30 percent of all high-level leadership positions in healthcare, and only 32 percent of radiologists were women as of 2018. 17 percent of radiology chairs are women. This has doubled since I first became a chair – a great trajectory but a long way from equity. We have so much more to do.

Both as a professor and in my faculty role with the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI), I have unique opportunities to mentor and sponsor future female #RadLeaders, and champion the causes that are critically important to us.

Two years ago at the RLI Leadership Summit, I grabbed coffee with Rachel Gilbreath, who leads GE Healthcare’s strategy for academic medical centers across the U.S. Together we realized we had the same problem. Although women make up half of medical students and over half of the industry entry-level workforce, the numbers rapidly decline with the ascent to leadership. Although I’m a radiologist and Rachel represents the commercial side of the healthcare industry, we faced common challenges including gender bias, identifying mentors and sponsors and building community with other women in our field. It didn’t seem to be a pipeline problem. We had the same glass ceiling.

So how could we bring women in healthcare together to elevate their careers and embrace their leadership potential? That is how the Leading Empowering and Disrupting (LEAD) Program was born. LEAD is a yearlong program that focuses on monthly learning, designated mentors, professional development and live networking sessions.

After a highly competitive application process, we selected our inaugural class of 20 female radiologists and GE Healthcare employees. These women come together both virtually and in-person to learn from each other and tackle challenges together. LEAD participants are also paired with female and male executive leaders who help these emerging leaders reshape the typical industry and academic relationships and connect in new ways.

Our end goal is to make our new program irrelevant as soon as possible. Perhaps Sheryl Sandberg said it best: “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Rachel and I are excited to make this shared vision a reality.

  • When and how did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in radiology?
  • How did you identify your mentor/mentee? What has surprised you most about the challenges or opportunities she, and you, are facing?

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Inclusivity for All with New Meeting Mentors at ACR 2019

Dr.McGinty(updated)_andcroppedThis post was contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors

When I spoke on mentoring last summer at the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance’s 2018 Meeting, I didn’t expect to start a movement. However, my remarks about not feeling comfortable at my first American College of Radiology (ACR) meeting resonated with one of our ACR staff, Darlene Poucher. Through Darlene’s leadership, we have created ACR’s first Meeting Mentor Program that will connect attendees to make their experience more meaningful.

Back in 2009, I read an editorial in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) by then Editor-in-Chief Bruce Hillman, MD, in which he decried the low attendance at the Convocation, the ceremony during which we confer our new ACR Fellows and our Gold Medalists and International Honorary Fellows receive their awards. I wrote to Bruce that at my first meeting I assumed that – seeing all the people dressed in their finest heading to the ceremony – I surely was not invited. I also remembered having no idea where I could or should sit in the room during the Council sessions.

The ACR Annual meeting provides a unique opportunity to connect with our radiology community from across the country, and I don’t want any attendee to miss out because they feel hesitant about the logistics. Darlene, Catherine Herse and other ACR colleagues created a field in the registration for all ACR 2019 member attendees asking if they wanted a “meeting mentor” or were prepared to mentor a newbie. I expected we’d get maybe 20 or so replies. Well, we are at 200, or about 25 percent of the registered attendees, so far!

I’m delighted to be able to welcome Dr. Candace Potter, a 4th year resident from the University of Massachusetts, as my meeting mentee. I’ve shared with Dr. Potter some of the highlights of the ACR RFS programming, given her some tips on where to sit and hope we can find time for a coffee to get better acquainted.

Thank you to all of you who have signed up to offer your insights and welcome our trainees to our annual gathering. I know it is going to enhance the experience for them, and I’m betting you’ll get a lot out of it, too!

  • Who is mentoring you – or who are you mentoring – at #ACR2019?

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