Radiology’s Role in Narrowing the Disparity Gap

Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR, Professor and Chair of Radiology and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Academic Advancement, Leadership & Inclusion at the Emory University School of Medicine, contributed this post.

You’ve likely heard it before — radiology holds a unique position in patient care. With elements ranging from initial diagnosis to treatment, our role is a critical component of the care continuum. As we continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage patients to #ReturnToCare and seek their preventive screenings, the health disparities that our underserved communities face have been increasingly magnified.

As radiologists, we must utilize the opportunity to address health equity in the United States. We must become aware of our own biases and the impact they have on our departments, organizations and communities. Our decision making is only made stronger by utilizing a diverse pool of team members. So, how can we take action?

During my RLI Leadership Essentials session, I’ll help empower radiology leaders to identify and acknowledge hidden biases and actively engage in practices to overcome them. I hope you’ll join the next live Q&A session Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon ET.

Together, we can narrow the disparity gap.

  • Get more details about the RLI Leadership Essentials program, and register to attend the next live Q&A session Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon ET.

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