October 07, 2016


Especially geared to radiology residents, fellows and attending physicians, RADTOBERFEST is back to introduce young members of the radiological community to RADPAC(R), radiology’s political action committee (PAC).

RADTOBERFEST consists of two fundraising competitions. One pits members of the Residents and Fellows Section against attendings. The other contest is dedicated to the College’s Young Physician Section (YPS) to reward state chapters with the highest percentage participation as RADPAC contributors. Both campaigns run from October 1 – November 8 (Election Day).

Radiology residents beat attendings in the 2015 RADTOBERFEST Challenge with 122 resident contributors to 107 attending contributors. The award for the health care institution with the highest percentage of resident participation in RADPAC went to Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL. The Medical University of South Carolina had the highest number of its radiology residents contribute to the political action committee. Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, had the most attending physicians of any health care institution contribute to RADPAC. For the 2015 YPS Challenge, Utah, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Colorado reported the highest levels of YPS participation.

To see what’s at stake for the winners in the RADTOBERFEST Challenge, visit radpac.org. The ultimate goal of the campaign, according to Ted Burnes, director of RADPAC and political education, is to encourage participants to support RADPAC early in their careers so participation becomes an engrained part of their professional lives.

Through its support of key lawmakers and promising candidates, RADPAC has become essential to radiology’s successful political advocacy efforts. With contributions of more than $1.3 million in 2015, RADPAC ranked second among more than 20 specialty physician PACs in the amount of hard money raised. The PAC works directly with the College’s government relations team to promote radiology and patient friendly policies on Capitol Hill. Recently, the College has secured legislative victories, such as reducing the mandated cut from 25 percent to five percent in the Medicare Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) discount for the professional component of advanced imaging and including a provision in the federal budget bill that preserved screening mammography insurance coverage for women aged 40 to 49.

For more information, go to RADPAC’s website or contact Ted Burnes.