The following post was contributed by guest blogger Cynthia S. Sherry, MD, MMM, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Leadership and Practice Development and medical director of the Radiology Leadership Institute®.
As health care evolves, it is more important than ever that radiologists take a leadership role — not only in their practices, but in their communities. If radiologists don’t step up, if we don’t become more familiar with the economic and regulatory issues affecting our practices and our profession, others will. And we may not be happy with where that leads.
If we don’t become more involved in our communities, we may not like the decisions that those we elect make on our behalf — and we may not be as visible to the patients that we hope to serve.
This is not necessarily easy, but it is increasingly necessary. Some may say that “everyone can’t be a leader.” Others may not think they have the skills to lead. However, these skills can be learned. And the American College of Radiology (ACR) is making it easier for us to do so.
The Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) teaches these skills from the radiology perspective. RLI helps us be better leaders, better followers and interact more effectively with those around us.
The RLI Expedition, coming up in February, is an opportunity to develop and practice these skills; to get feedback from other participants and leadership coaches on your leadership style and abilities, so you can put those skills to work in your practice and your life.
RLI content will also be featured in May at ACR 2015™, the College’s all-new, all-radiology annual meeting. Leadership is one of the knowledge pathways offered at ACR 2015.
I urge you to take advantage of the opportunities that RLI presents. Working together, we can make this time of great change — a time of great opportunity — for radiology and those we serve.