This post was contributed by Meghan Macomber, MD, MS, a radiation oncologist and the radiation oncology representative on the American College of Radiology Young and Early Career Professional Section (ACR YPS) Executive Committee
I was fortunate to get involved with leadership positions in the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a resident. Like many young professionals, I was eager to pursue the unique opportunities these positions afforded me to attend both virtual and in-person meetings, to network with other leaders and to identify – and meet with – mentors.
These opportunities and relationships also helped me gain new perspectives on issues relating to both radiology and radiation oncology, and emphasized just how important it is to stay involved and engaged throughout all phases of our careers.
I recently graduated and started a new position with Sutter Health Radiation Oncology in Sacramento. Like many new physicians, I’ve found it can be overwhelming to start a new career while figuring out how to balance competing demands on your time. What should you focus on moving forward? How can you stay involved in the things that matter most?
For me, one of those priorities is patient quality and safety. I recently applied for – and received – an ACR Innovation Fund grant along with Dr. Matthew Spraker (an attending radiation oncology physician at Washington University) to develop educational programming that will improve patient quality and safety. This is an opportunity to advance work that I care about – and one I likely wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for my ACR membership.
The ACR offers a myriad of opportunities for leadership, networking and continued education, including lecture series, leadership courses and webinars to help you stay up to date with important issues ranging from the upcoming PAMA-AUC deadline to Leadership Essentials and everywhere in between.
I look forward to staying involved as I continue my career, and encourage all of you to do the same. Renew your ACR membership by December 31st so that you don’t miss a single opportunity to advance your career and add value for your patients.
- What do you value most about your ACR membership?
- What advice would you give to others about the importance of membership renewal?
- What professional experiences and expertise have you gained from your ACR membership?
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