March 31, 2020

Reimagining the 2020 ACR RFS Annual Meeting

Monica J. Wood, MD, is chair of the ACR RFS and a PGY-5 resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

During this extraordinary public health crisis, the ACR made the responsible decision to transition the 2020 annual meeting to a virtual format to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and communities. Given these circumstances, we must reimagine how to engage our RFS members, while leveraging technology and creativity to effectively deliver meeting content.

We had assembled an outstanding slate of speakers for our annual meeting programming, with topics such as advocacy, diversity, economics, AI, leadership, and quality and safety. While we are disappointed to no longer be able to hear these presenters in person, your RFS executive committee (EC) and staff will strive to deliver as much of this content as possible over the upcoming months in a virtual format.

This year, we have set a new record for the number of nominations received to serve on the RFS EC and nominating committees. I am so proud to see this level of engagement from our colleagues, despite the many professional and personal challenges we are all facing at this time. As a section, we will work with ACR staff to conduct fair elections and provide our members with the opportunity to get to know candidates via pre-recorded online speeches.

One of my priorities as chair of the RFS this year has been to make the annual meeting more inclusive and diverse. To that end, a group of dedicated RFS members has been working with ACR staff on a number of initiatives aimed to reduce barriers for trainees with family obligations to participate in the meeting. Additionally, our EC, Medical Student Subcommittee, ACR MESO staff, and many others across the College have devised innovative ways to deliver valuable content and mentorship opportunities to our medical student members who are the future of our profession.

Although we will not be able to experience these planned improvements during our 2020 annual meeting, it is my hope that we will continue to expand on these initiatives and deliver an even more vibrant meeting experience for all in 2021.

I invite you to reach out to me at any time with questions or concerns. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your RFS chair this year. I hope to continue to collaborate with all of you to strengthen our profession and serve our patients in the years to come.