This post was contributed by Ian A. Weissman, DO, Team Lead VA Workgroup GSER Commission, radiologist at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
On the recent Veterans’ Day, Americans honored and expressed their deepest thanks and gratitude to our Veterans for their service.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest integrated health care system. Many radiologists serve through the VA, which seeks to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise:
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.
We, as radiologists, are actively involved in improving veteran and patient care. ACR resources are available to help. The ACR General, Small, Emergency, and/or Rural Practice (GSER) Commission has developed a VA Workgroup spearheaded by Bob Pyatt, MD, FACR and Eric Friedberg, MD, FACR. The workgroup engages VA and non-VA radiologists to promote shared knowledge and experiences to strengthen the ACR and VA.
The ACR’s Engage platform hosts a forum called “VAROCKS” (ACR login required) to allow VA physicians to exchange ideas and find solutions to common problems. If you have interest in contributing to this effort, please join the VAROCKS forum on Engage.
In a future article, the voices of ACR-VA workgroup members, Tahira Ahmed, MD; J. Michael Holbert MD, FACR, Jennifer Nathan, MD; Amilcare Gentili MD, FACHE; and John Nichols, MD, all with a shared commitment to service and patient advocacy, will be heard. Michelle Dorsey’s MD work was featured in a recent ACR Bulletin article on Military and VA.
Mike Donner, MD, FACR and myself developed an educational program for the ACR 2018 annual meeting that will discuss the many opportunities for VA and non-VA radiologists to get involved at the local, state and national level. Bob Sherrier, MD, the Chief Consultant of Diagnostic Services at the Veterans Health Administration will share his thoughts.
Please reach out to me or my colleagues personally, or through VAROCKS if you would like to get involved in this new landmark ACR-VA initiative.
Your voice is important. Your ideas and experience are valued.
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).