Radiologists Storm the Hill (and Twitter)

Yasha ParikhThis post was contributed by Yasha Parikh, MD, radiology resident at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Radiologists turned out in force for “Hill Day” at ACR 2019. More than 500 ACR members visited 275 congressional offices to press issues important to radiologists and their patients.

This diverse group of radiology advocates, or #RADvocates, took to social media to share their experiences and encourage others to take part. ACR members and staff shared a number of fun photos showing that it is possible to do our civic duty and have a good time!

#ACRHillDay2019 was actually a trending topic on Twitter in Washington, D.C. May 22 as nearly 300 individual tweets from a variety of ACR members captured the day’s activities and meetings.

Kimberly Beavers, MD, who serves with me on the ACR Social Media Superusers Committee, put together a Wakelet timeline of social media activity related to Hill Day.

Our Massachusetts delegation met with staff from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office, and discussed the ACR’s position on surprise billing, the Patient Access for Lifesaving Screening (PALS) Act, Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act and Medicare Access to Radiological Care Act (MARCA). The staff member who met with us listened intently as we discussed each topic and asked us relevant questions to help his understanding of the importance of these topics. We emphasized the relevance of these bills for our patients, and as physicians, our duty to do right by them. Later in the day, we met with staff in the office of Congressman Stephen Lynch. I personally advocated for MARCA and PALS, which aligned perfectly with my passion for women’s health. Overall, the staff of our Massachusetts officials were very receptive and engaging as we discussed issues important to radiology and patient care.

While meeting with our legislators was rewarding in and of itself, banding together with the residents from all over Massachusetts was an exciting experience that I otherwise would never have had. Residents were split up based on our home address, not hospital address, which allowed us to get to know residents from other programs. We created a sense of camaraderie that I hope all residents experienced on Capitol Hill Day.

If you come to the ACR annual meeting, I can’t encourage you enough to join us for Hill Day.

We can make a difference by making our cases directly to our elected officials, building relationships with peers that may last a lifetime and having a lot of fun.

I left Hill Day, and the annual meeting, feeling inspired, motivated and ready for the year ahead – and with new relationships with mentors, mentees and legislators.

I look forward to seeing you at ACR 2020!

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Cultivating Well-Being and Beating Burnout

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Claire Bender, MD, FACR

This post was contributed by Claire Bender, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Human Resources and Lori Deitte, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Publications and Lifelong Learning.

Stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue. As radiologists, we face these all-too-familiar symptoms at a distressingly high frequency. What does it amount to? A growing and dangerous challenge faced by physicians everywhere—burnout. According to the 2019 Medscape Radiology Lifestyle Report, almost half of radiologists surveyed admitted to burnout. Many facing this challenge feel uncomfortable broaching the topic with their supervisors or other colleagues. It has become abundantly clear we must work together to combat this issue.

We’re proud to announce the launch of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Radiologist Well-Being Program. We’ve also created a toolkit to help you take action to manage your own stress or empower a struggling colleague.

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Lori Deitte, MD, FACR

The program offers a variety of resources to assess your level of wellness and identify ways to improve your well-being over time. Participants have free access to the following:

  • The proven and trusted Well-Being Index (WBI) survey tool, created by the Mayo Clinic to help physicians anonymously self-evaluate their level of well-being
  • A toolkit of radiologist-specific, high-impact articles and resources on critical well-being topics such as work-life balance, health behavior, emotional concerns, relationships and more, all accessible within the WBI
  • A well-being curriculum, offering educational wellness resources appropriate for residents, medical students and career physicians

This program is available to all ACR members, including residents, fellows and medical students. We encourage you to take advantage of the full toolkit. Complete the WBI survey, explore the articles and resources on critical wellness topics and embrace the comprehensive curriculum. It’s time to stop suffering in silence. The American College of Radiology cares about your well-being and is here to help.

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Lifelong Learning for All Physicians

Deitte Professional Photo PREFERREDLori A. Deitte, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Publications and Lifelong Learning (CoPLL) contributed this post.

The ACR has long been committed to meeting the lifelong professional development needs of radiologists and other radiology professionals. We also recognize our position of influence among our colleagues across other aspects of medicine.

That’s why we were so excited when the American Medical Association (AMA) approached us earlier this year with an invitation to become the first medical specialty society content partner for their new online education portal, the AMA Ed Hub™. Launched this week, AMA Ed Hub provides a streamlined way to find, earn, track and report continuing medical education (CME) and other education.

As part of this partnership, ACR is proud to offer a selected portion of its many educational opportunities to physicians of all specialties. Topics addressed in this sampling of our resources include physician leadership, data science, research and clinical practice management.

In addition to the ACR content, the AMA Ed Hub features activities on clinical and interdisciplinary topics from a variety of trusted sources, including the CME activities from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network’s JN Learning and AMA STEPs Forward. The AMA is also working toward collaborating with other organizations to expand the library of educational opportunities available through the AMA Ed Hub.

At launch, AMA Ed Hub automatically reports education credits earned through the platform directly to select medical licensing boards. Physicians who are board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics or licensed in Tennessee or North Carolina will be the first to experience automatic credit reporting through the platform. The AMA plans to expand these capabilities to additional specialty and state boards.

We encourage ACR members and all physicians to take advantage of this new educational platform that the AMA hopes will make the process of obtaining credits for continued learning as effective and as streamlined as possible.

  • Which of the ACR’s educational opportunities has most benefited you?
  • What additional educational resources are you interested in?

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