October 31, 2023

RLI Summit: The RFS Experience

Katherine Chung, MD, PGY-5 Chief Resident, Stony Brook University Hospital

From Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 2023, the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) held its annual summit in Boston at the beautiful Seaport Hotel, and I had the privilege of attending as a NY State Radiologic Society RLI scholar. The entire program was an inspiration, and we spoke with and learned from nationally recognized leaders in radiology business, private practice and academic radiology.

The Resident and Young Physician Leadership Program kicked off the event and was a significant highlight, featuring sessions tailored to radiology residents. Topics included salary negotiation, communication skills and emerging leadership as a young radiologist.

My favorite session that weekend was a roundtable discussion of common "real-world" radiology practice dilemmas. What happens when a group is faced with a sudden and unexpected increase in volume? Which division should absorb an extra 100 plain films a day?

I also learned diverse ways to evaluate a department’s productivity such as wRVU, RVU per full-time equivalent (FTE) and RVU per cFTE, which accounts for other clinical duties, such as participation in tumor board. These business topics affect everyone who practices radiology, and by being informed, we have the chance to take more control over the way we practice and how care is delivered.

The summit was also a pleasant change of pace from your typical conference experience, which can be overwhelming, as the close-knit group allowed for meaningful social bonding and deep conversation.

If you are a trainee or a seasoned radiologist looking to expand your business acumen, I wholeheartedly recommend attending the RLI Summit — it was a true highlight of my residency experience.