April 08, 2016

ACR 2016 to Offer Varied Clinical Learning Options

Nothing is larger in radiology than clinical practice itself, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the clinical education pathway at ACR 2016 – The Crossroads of Radiology® will offer the conference’s widest array of learning opportunities for ACR members at the annual meeting May 15–19 in Washington, DC.

Sessions will cover hot clinical topics for radiologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists involving 35 sessions and more than 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) programming including self-assessment modules (SAMs) and Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) credits.

Program Committee Chair Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, notes the clinical education content will focus on medical imaging and therapeutic practices while also cutting across one or more of the meeting’s other knowledge pathways: advocacy, economics and health policy; clinical research; governance; informatics and innovations; leadership; and quality and safety.

The event will begin on a high note with an address by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, Ph.D., on his vision of future health care. As he describes the nation’s changing health care landscape, Emanuel will consider the probable effects of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act and what radiologists can do to adapt to a growing emphasis on quality care and care for patients with chronic health conditions.

A Sunday afternoon session on Traumatic Brain Injury: Clinical Scenarios and Introducing Head Injury Centers of Excellence will examine how medical imaging can be applied to identify and classify traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, Alexander Norbash, MD, FACR, and other members of the Head Injury Institute will introduce the radiology community to the ACR Head Injury InstituteTM and efforts to standardize reporting and imaging.

Canon notes that this year’s educational content will emphasize the interpretation of incidental findings, a topic that drew a particularly positive response at last year’s first all-member ACR annual meeting. A featured clinical session this year is entitled Incidental Findings 2016: Directions and New Chest and Thyroid Recommendations.

Two sessions, developed in conjunction with the Fleischner Society and Society of Thoracic Radiology, will address strategies to maximize the effectiveness of low-dose CT lung cancer screening programs. Developing an Effective Lung Cancer Screening Team will emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of lung cancer screening (LCS) and the value of team-building. Advancing the Practice of Lung Cancer Screening will cover the essential features of LCS quality assurance and program improvement, the value of Lung RADS for image interpretation and communications and recommended modifications to PACS, RIS and electronic medical record systems to improve LCS program effectiveness. 

Five sessions will be devoted to breast imaging and women’s health.

Sessions relating to radiation oncology cover quality and safety, current and alternative payment models, proton therapy benefits and costs and practice diversification. Radiation oncologists and radiologists can both learn from a session on leadership and career progression from clinical to academic practice, developed in conjunction with the American Association of Women Radiologists.

ACR members can look forward to Monday sessions on Radiation Dose Optimization Strategies in Medical Imaging and A Global Approach on Radiation Dose Reduction, developed in conjunction with the European Society of Radiology.

Five esteemed interventional radiologists will join Philip S. Cook, MD, FACR, FSIR, for Defining and Applying the Value of IR/INR Clinical Practice, a series of talks and a roundtable discussion on Wednesday afternoon providing practical examples and solutions for challenges faced by interventional and interventional neuroradiologists in private and academic health care settings.

“These only name a few of the clinical educational offerings and demonstrate the uniqueness of ACR programming,” Canon said.

Clinical education is one of nine separate pathways relating to professional development and advocacy that can be followed at ACR 2016 – The Crossroads of Radiology®. Plan now on attending by registering at the annual meeting webpage.