What’s for Dinner? One Member’s Perspective on What’s Keeping Young Physicians Up at Night

Get up. Work out. Shower. Lay kids clothes out. Lunches. Work. Basketball practice. Dance. Get dinner. Homework. Bathe the kids. Oh. And Breathe.

Sound familiar? When asked what was keeping the Young Physician Section up at night, the overwhelming response was “Seriously?” Unless my kid crawls into bed with me at 3 a.m., I’m not sure anything is keeping me up at night that has to do with radiology.” The issue is not that young physicians do not have the desire to be involved and make a difference for the future, it is more an issue of how in the world do you manage it?

It has been often said that if you don’t show up to the dinner table, you WILL become dinner. That has never been more true. With the shift of radiology from volume to value-based reimbursement, there is uncertainty of future payment models that can be very unsettling to the young physician. We have many more years to practice. Thankfully, the ACR has been proactive with concepts such as the Radiology Leadership Institute® and Imaging 3.0™ that keep us ahead of the curve, and give us the tools to not only adapt to these changes, but become proactive rather than reactive.

Yes, life is absolutely crazy. But at the end of the day, you make time for what’s important. If patient care, the future of radiology, and reimbursement are important to you, then you’ll find the time. A little bit of commitment can go a long way. For more information on being involved, contact the ACR at commissions@acr.org or 1-800-227-5463.

Author – Amy Kirby, M.D., Young Physician Section Member, Chapter President

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