Kurt A. Schoppe, MD, Keynote Speaker for the 2023 American College of Radiology® (ACR®)-Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) Practice Leadership Forum, and President Elect of Radiology Associates of North Texas, contributed this piece.

Leadership training is an essential component of professional development for radiologists of all levels. The foundational knowledge of practice management and healthcare economic literacy, for example, can substantially help both early-career and more seasoned radiologists alike better understand their practices and ultimately lead with success.

The ACR-RBMA Practice Leadership Forum is an annual event that brings together current and aspiring practice leaders from across the country. This year's forum will take place in Orlando, and will feature a variety of workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities designed to help attendees develop their leadership skills and learn from the experiences of other radiologists and radiology practices.

I’m looking forward to delivering the keynote address on an issue in radiology practice management that affects us all – how to balance the desire for endless optimization against what might be considered reasonable for human performance.

One of the key benefits of the Practice Leadership Forum is that it is not just for current practice presidents, but is open to aspiring and rising leaders, as well as those who may not hold a formal leadership title but play a key role in leading projects and initiatives within their practices.

At the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of their colleagues, who will provide valuable insights and best practices for effective leadership in our complex healthcare environment. More importantly, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with each other and build valuable professional relationships that can help them advance their careers and drive success for their organizations.

More than anything, I want radiologists of all ages to understand that you don’t need to be a leader to use and understand leadership tools. Being fluent in current leadership methods improve your ability to work up and down your professional hierarchies. Waiting for a leadership position to get trained or to take on leadership responsibilities just doesn’t make sense to me. You want to have the tools so that you can both work with a leader or become one on your own.

If you are interested in attending the Practice Leadership Forum, I encourage you to register today. This is a unique opportunity to learn and grow within our specialty. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

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