This post was contributed by Stephen Ferrara, MD, an interventional radiologist and candidate for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District seat.
In a previous Voice of Radiology post on the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, I said “an angry and polarized electorate is clamoring for bold changes…”
I count myself among those wanting change — so much so that I decided to run for Congress in my home state of Arizona.
I encourage you to get involved in the medical or the public arena as well. Serving on a hospital committee or running for school board or city council, we have a great deal to contribute in both talent and ideas.
Diversity of viewpoints leads to a richer discussion. Higher level stakeholder engagement leads to higher quality governance.
Important changes are being considered at every level of government — local, state and federal. Someone is going to make those decisions. And they will do it with or without your input.
It is vital that radiologists and allied health professionals engage decision makers and, if you hear the calling, even become the decision makers.
Radiology touches nearly every part of medicine. Our valuable insight on the health care system can help make medicine better. It can make life better for those we serve — but only if we decide to get involved.
Like most things, the first step is often the hardest, but that is the way every meaningful journey begins.
Need concrete steps to help you to take a leadership role in shaping the health care system and serving your communities? ACR provides extensive free resources, including the:
- Imaging 3.0™ initiative
- Radiology Support, Communication and Alignment Network (R-SCAN)
- ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care
- National Radiology Data Registry (NRDR®)
- Most Valuable Radiology Practice Action Plan
- JACR Imaging Value Chain Series
- Radiology Advocacy Network
How are you relaying the value you bring to patients, the public and policymakers?
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