Atul Gupta, MD, FACR, Immediate Past President of the New York State Radiological Society (NYSRS), contributed this post.

It’s the unfortunate reality that most patients are unaware of who radiologists are, what we do and the role we play in their healthcare continuum. Whether this misunderstanding stems from a personal experience of being in the hospital without meeting a radiologist or watching medical-based television shows which depict emergency department doctors or surgeons reviewing images without a radiologist in sight, it highlights a larger issue that radiologists across the country continue to grapple with.

For this reason, the NYSRS has launched a public education campaign to inform patients about our education and training, expertise in imaging and role as part of the healthcare team. We’ve put together several videos, including Education and Training, Roles and Responsibilities, Looking Out for You, Benefits of Membership, NYSRS Physicists in Action and a Composite Video, which we encourage you to share with your friends, family and patients.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the financial support provided through the ACR Chapter Grant Program, created to recognize the vital role chapters play in meeting American College of Radiology® (ACR®) member needs, providing outstanding patient care and supporting the radiology profession. ACR chapters play a critical role in providing outstanding patient care, supporting the profession of radiology and meeting member needs, including patient education.

If your chapter has an innovative or knowledge-sharing idea that could benefit from financial support, I encourage you to apply for the 2022 Chapter Grant Program. A total allocation of $30,000 will be awarded to support your important initiatives. Learn more about the program, review guidelines and evaluation criteria and submit your application by the Feb. 28 deadline.

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