April 15, 2016

ACR 2016 Focuses on Residents Fellows and Young Radiologists

Residents, fellows and early-career radiologists have opportunities at ACR 2016 – the Crossroads of Radiology® to develop new skills not typically taught at the workstation, to hear from national radiology leaders, and to network with colleagues and new friends from across the country. Sessions will focus on how to find and evaluate job offers, master the fundamentals of imaging economics and payment reform, and engage in political advocacy.

The dedicated Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) meeting will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, in Washington, DC. Registration for the entire ACR 2016 is free for RFS members and includes two hours of RLI Credits from the Radiology Leadership Institute.

ACR 2016 features one of the strongest dedicated meetings for residents and fellows. The RFS meeting is conducted on the weekend before the ACR general meeting to accommodate trainees who may not be able to get time off from their standard rotations. Attendees will be exposed to key aspects of imaging payment policies, medico-legal issues, ACR leadership, practice imperatives and trends, legislative and regulatory updates, and political advocacy training.

“The meeting is especially important for residents and fellows to understand the overall climate of radiology,” noted Neil Lall, MD, RFS chair. “Everything going on in the field affects us the most,” he said. “As young radiologists, we have more years of practice ahead of us, so the effects of current developments on us are longer lasting.”

The RFS will be one of the first groups briefed on the ACR’s Annual Work Force Update. This survey of practice leaders provides valid annually updated forecast estimates of radiologist job opportunities by geographic region and subspecialty.

Representatives of the American Board of Radiology will advise RFS members about Core and Certifying examinations, including pending changes planned in response to recent imaging community feedback.

Additionally, new this year, consecutive dedicated sessions on Sunday morning will specifically address the needs of Young and Early Career Physician Section (YPS) members,, covering “How to Succeed in Your Practice,” and “How to Be a Successful Radiologist.”

In the “How to Succeed” session, Frank Lexa, MD, FACR, chief medical officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute, will describe effective ways to make positive impressions during job interviews. In “How to be Successful,” Commission on Economics member Robert M. Barr, MD, FACR, will advise attendees on techniques for evaluating job contracts.

“The RFS and YPS sessions will not only focus on career development, but will also give young attendees a chance to interact with ACR leaders and other physicians who are at a similar stage in their careers,” noted Andrew Moriarity, MD, immediate past chair of RFS and member of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development.

On Sunday, following their dedicated morning programming, the RFS and YPS will join councilors and members for the ACR opening session. Bibb Allen, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, will present the annual Presidential Address. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, MSc, an architect of the Affordable Care Act and chair of the Department of Medical Health Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will follow with the Keynote Address.

After the opening session, the RFS and YPS will both attend “The Nuts and Bolts of Healthcare Payment Policy.” They will be introduced to health care payment policy issues covering billing codes, procedural valuation, Medicare prospective payment, managed care and accountable care organizations.

Additional must-see sessions for RFS and YPS members include a Monday morning session by Massachusetts General Hospital radiologist Garry Choy, MD, MBA, on “Radiology Practice Improvement: Advances in Optimizing the Patient Experience.” In the afternoon, Economics Forum - Part 1 and Economics Forum - Part 2 will cover the status of fee-for-service reimbursement and its evolution toward value-based payment. Other lectures by an esteemed faculty will cover essential aspects of the ACR advocacy and regulatory efforts related to health care payment policy.

On Tuesday afternoon, a comprehensive legislative update by the ACR’s government relations staff will prepare attendees for Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday when residents, fellows and early career radiologists will join ACR councilors and other members to meet with their senators and Congressmen to discuss the College’s legislative priorities for this election year.

Radiologists-in-training can qualify for financial support to defray the costs of attending ACR2016. Assistance varies from state-to-state, so residents and fellows are urged to contact their state chapters for details. The RFS Section is also happy to arrange joint hotel room occupancy for residents and fellows to reduce costs. The section can be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. For free registration, residents and fellows are encouraged to visit the ACR 2016 website.