By Edina Wang, MD, radiation oncology resident at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and ACR RFS RO representative
RO Corner: ACR Opportunities for Radiation Oncology Members-in-Training
The ACR RFS is dedicated to representing and engaging trainees in radiology and its subspecialties as well as radiation oncology nationwide. The ACR RFS also helps to develop and distribute information and resources specific to trainees and assists them in participating in advocacy issues relevant to residents and fellows.
Currently, I serve as the ACR RFS Radiation Oncology (RO) representative on the RFS Executive Committee. The RO representative also acts as a councilor to the ACR and is a member of the ACR Commission on Radiation Oncology, which coordinates ACR radiation oncology activities.
The RFS RO representative election is held every year at the ACR Annual Meeting. You may also consider applying for additional positions including chair, vice chair, secretary, AMA delegate and advocacy liaison, communications officer, education liaison, RFS Nominating Committee member, and member-in-training Intersociety Committee representative.
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Members-in-training can also participate in various RFS subcommittees, including the Women and Diversity Advisory Group, the RFS Economics Advisory Group, the Radiology Advocacy Network, the International Outreach subcommittee, the Membership subcommittee and the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Group.
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Residents, fellows or radiation oncologists who have finished training can all participate in the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies (CARROS), initially founded by the ACR and ASTRO in 1978. As a radiation oncology resident and ACR member, you are an automatic CARROS member and do not need to apply. Resident members who are interested in getting involved can participate in monthly executive meetings.
CARROS is a chapter of the ACR that promotes activity in radiation oncology at the local and regional levels. Within CARROS, members can participate in grassroots initiatives and contribute to discussions about issues affecting radiation oncology. Residents can also join CARROS subcommittees and vote on resolutions presented at the ACR annual meeting through the CARROS representative (councilor).
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ACR fellowships provide members-in-training the ability to experience activities of the College in the areas of economics and health policy, education, government relations, health services research, and quality and safety. For example, the Valerie P. Jackson, MD, Fellowship provides the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the ACR Education department. The Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship provides residents direct exposure to ACR government relations activities.
Learn about all ACR fellowships »
Below are a few additional resources and opportunities for radiation oncology residents and ACR members-in-training:
- Subscribe to the ACR Journal Advisor, offering a literature library, reference tools, expert interpretations and opportunities to ask questions.
- Subscribe to the RFS newsletter.
- Access all ACR radiation oncology resources.