Why #Radvocacy and Organized Medicine Matters for Future Radiologists

MalhotraThis post was contributed by Gunjan Malhotra, MD, radiology resident, University of Michigan Class of 2021 and newly elected vice chair of the American Medical Association Residents and Fellows Section.

My introduction to, and passion for, advocacy and organized medicine began during my first year of medical school in Detroit, where the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s curriculum specifically aimed to expose medical students like myself to medical advocacy. It was through that curriculum, and organized advocacy days at our capitol in Lansing, MI, that I realized the importance of policy and legislation to the practice of medicine.

It was also during my first year of medical school that I attended my first American Medical Association (AMA) meeting, where physicians and physicians in training from all over the country – representing more than 130 national medical societies, military service groups and professional interest medical associations – came  together to discuss policy pertinent to our practice and patients.

My involvement with the AMA revitalizes my passion for medicine every year. I have found lifelong friends and mentors from across the country, and have been able to collaborate on a number of resolutions over the years on topics related to patient care and physician practice.

My experiences also led me to find the American College of Radiology (ACR) delegation as a fourth year medical student, which has now become my home within the AMA as a resident. The ACR delegation has shown me the power of working together with physicians from other specialties as a united physician organization. In the end, we all share the common goal of providing the highest quality care for our patients.

Through the support of my fellow resident and fellow colleagues in the AMA, the ACR and the Michigan State Medical Society, I was recently elected vice chair of the AMA residents and fellows section for 2018-2019. I look forward to representing the radiology community, my state society and the residents and fellows in this role.

As radiologists continue to support clinical decision tools, advance the use of appropriateness criteria to determine the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision and lead the way with AI, we will show our physician colleagues the true value radiology brings to medicine. 

  • When were you first introduced to the importance of medical advocacy in radiology and across specialties?
  • How are you collaborating with other physician colleagues to deliver the best care for your patients?

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2 thoughts on “Why #Radvocacy and Organized Medicine Matters for Future Radiologists

  1. Here and now, the importance of advocacy (or #radvocacy) cannot possibly be overstated. Gunjan, it’s a pleasure to see your rise in advocacy efforts and we are proud that you will represent us so well to the AMA. The ACR and AMA are both lucky to have you.

    I look forward to more pieces written by you on your perspectives from the positions you now hold. Please always keep us abreast of the best ways to advocate for the field we’ve all come to love so much.

  2. I applaud you for your advocacy. I did not become involved until several years into my attending career. Now I am President of our county medical society and in line for the state in two years. I also agree that radiologists should embrace technological advances, such as AI, to improve ourselves and our profession. Ultimately, we are here to serve people. If there is something that can help us help them, then we should encourage it. ronaldswanger.com

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