This post is contributed by Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission for Women and Diversity and Johnson B. Lightfoote, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.
To attract the best and brightest young doctors into radiology, we want to find the best people to serve in and to advance our profession and our practices. What defines those “best people” is multifaceted and evolving.
It may require a demonstrated grasp on math and science, keen interest in applying imaging to all aspects of health care (including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions), and the ability to help make radiology more patient- and family-centered.
In increasingly multicultural communities (and elsewhere), a primary way to do that is to attract would-be radiologists from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds — to better mirror the populations we serve.
The ACR effort to attract more female and diverse candidates is taking concrete steps forward through the Medical Education & Student Outreach effort.
The ACR Commission for Women and Diversity has partnered with Nth Dimensions and other outside stakeholders to introduce medical students to our field early — particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in our specialty.
The Pipeline Initiative for Enrichment of Radiology (PIER) program is in the second year of offering internships for first-year medical students with radiology and radiation oncology departments and practices. We urge practice leaders to volunteer to host an intern. We also ask radiologists to invite medical students they may know to apply for 2019 Radiology Summer Internships when the application process opens Dec. 1, 2018.
A number of ACR members — in collaboration with the AMA Medical Student Section (AMA MSS), American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and various institutions — are speaking directly to medical students at mentoring events and workshops around the country.
ACR members are also volunteering to serve as mentors to medical students through a match program featured on the AMSA website. If you are interested in becoming a radiology mentor or hosting a summer internship in 2018 (or beyond), I encourage you to contact the ACR.
These efforts do not mean the College values the contributions of any current or prospective members less. It is a challenge that has to be met to stay ahead of the changing needs of our patients and society.
These efforts will strengthen our specialty and enhance the care we provide in every corner of America.
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