Radiation Oncology Sessions at The Crossroads – ACR 2015™: More than Ever Before

The following post was contributed by Seth Rosenthal, MD, FACR.

Radiation oncologists, like other American College of Radiology (ACR) members, have a stake in what comes next. New health care delivery and payment models hold changes for us and other radiology professionals. Let’s move forward together.

ACR 2015™, the College’s all-new annual meeting is much larger and more inclusive than ever before. No longer solely a governance or business meeting, it is open to all radiation oncology and radiology professionals, and boasts a far more extensive program, a new venue and a comprehensive approach.

Radiation Oncology has traditionally been well represented at the spring ACR Meeting – with the CARROS Caucus and a Saturday afternoon CME course. This year, however, there will be three full days of programming specifically for the radiation oncology community—including opportunities for CME and SA-CME credit. We also have access to Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) sessions and a host of economic and advocacy programming to help prepare us for medicine’s road ahead.

Like other radiation oncologists, I have traditionally gotten many educational credits elsewhere. However, the radiation oncology sessions at ACR 2015, prepared by ROs for ROs, are not the same as you might get elsewhere and are really good.

Dr. William “Bill” Small, Jr., has put together a superb program targeted at contemporary issues in radiation oncology. Given the push to get CME and SA-CME credits in the MOC era, this is a meeting that RO community members should put on their calendar.

The ACR 2015 offerings include:

The Steven Leibel Memorial Lecture: Therapeutic Gain from Technologic Advances in Radiation Oncology
Bruce Haffty, MD, FACR will deliver the lecture, introduced by Dr. Richard Hoppe, FACR

Radiotherapy Research: Building on the Past and Looking to the Future
Speakers: Seth Rosenthal, MD, FACR; William Small, MD, FACR; Christopher Crane, MD; Simon Lo, MB, ChB, FACR – introduced by Mitchell Machtay, MD

An Inside Look at Developing ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for Radiation Oncology
Speakers: Benjamin Movsas, MD, FACR; Sue Yom, MD, PhD; and William Small, MD, FACR

ACR Practice Parameters and Standards in Radiation Oncology: Evolution of Quality Within an Environment of Safety
Speakers: Seth Rosenthal, MD, FACR; Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, FACR; and Patrick Conway, MD, FACR

On top of the RO sessions to help us be better physicians, RLI sessions also teach us how to be better leaders, improve our business skills, and how to give ourselves a chance to shape the forces that affect our practices. These skills will be particularly important as we transition from volume to value-based care.

ACR 2015 is also a great excuse to visit Washington, DC in the spring. I hope to see you there!

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