The American College of Radiology Association® (ACRA®) Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) recently hosted the second installment of its Advocacy Boot Camp Series, Advocacy 101: How to Effectively Advocate for Your Patients and Profession. A recording of the webinar now is available and qualifies for CME credit.
Josh Cooper, American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Vice President of Congressional Affairs, gave an overview of ACR’s 2022–2023 legislative agenda and goals. Mr. Cooper acknowledged that with a deeply divided Congress, healthcare priorities continue to be dominated by the pandemic and the November midterm elections.
Among the most prevalent issues for the ACR is scope of practice battles to protect patients. As part of this initiative, the ACR created the Scope of Practice Fund to support states that may face a scope battle.
Amy Patel, MD, Chair of the Radiology Advocacy Network, introduced her vision for RAN 3.0. This new vision of RAN or #Radvocacy will include a robust RAN Board, a Young and Early Career Professionals (YPS) RAN, a Medical Student RAN, more frequent communications about advocacy and best practices, and a new all-encompassing Radvocacy website.
Alex Podlaski, MD, an IR fellow at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, targeted his presentation to physicians-in-training and young physicians. Dr. Podlaski, a Communications Officer for RAN, emphasized to young physicians that it is never too early to get involved. He went on to explain how issues affecting seasoned practicing physicians will also affect those in training and will also equally affect patients. Dr. Podlaski’s presentation empowered young physicians to accept their role as the next generation of changemakers by providing them with resources and how-tos of engaging in advocacy.
If you missed the live webinar and would like to view it for CME credit or would like more information about the RAN, contact Melody Ballesteros, ACR Assistant Director of Government Relations.