Radiology, #Pinksocks and Positive Disruption

This post was contributed by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors, and James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

Dr.McGinty(updated)_andcroppedOf the many groups trying to improve health care some are more traditional professional societies while others are more unique.

Look at the hashtag #pinksocks on Twitter and you’ll not only find a virtual community but also a community that is hard to define. The “secret” of #pinksocks originates with those people to whom Nick Atkins gave pink socks with black mustaches.

Why would Nick give them socks you ask?

Nick would say he was giving a gift without any strings or expectations. Others have noted that the #pinksocks tribe tends be at the podium of many health care meetings. Still others have noticed a trend for people wearing pink socks with mustaches to be positive change agents — disruptors in health care.

RawsonHeadshotNext time you are at a health care meeting take an extra moment to look at individual’s socks. Look to see who is wearing #pinksocks at ACR 2017 — The Crossroads of Radiology®. 

You may even see some #pinksocks with @ManoloBlahnik if @DrGMcGinty is around.image1

What happens when professional societies and virtual communities combine forces? You may be witnessing more than a change in fashion. You may be seeing transformation — a gathering of a tribe of positive disruptors trying to improve radiology.

What do you think happens when professional societies and virtual communities combine forces?

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