Are you interested in getting involved in radiology and radiation oncology specialty societies but don’t know where to start? As a resident, it can be challenging sorting through these societies, knowing which to join and how to get involved. Fortunately, one of the many benefits of being a resident-in-training is free membership in most societies. This often includes access to member-only content and newsletters. Once you have joined, you will be able to attend annual meetings at no cost or with a reduced registration fee.
Attending society meetings as a resident offers a world of opportunities. One of the most well-known benefits is the chance to submit an abstract and present your work. This may be in the form of an oral presentation or a poster in the viewing hall. While developing a project can be daunting, faculty members often have ideas for projects and are looking for residents to take the lead. Alternatively, you can create an educational exhibit using cases you often see at your institution. Seeing a project from its inception to presentation is one of the most validating experiences in residency.
Another benefit of attending society meetings is the opportunity to network with residents and faculty members around the country. Many societies offer a resident and fellow section (RFS), providing specific content at the annual meeting for these members. Some societies even offer RFS lunches with Q&A and/or mentorship panels.
Lastly, many residency programs offer funding to residents who have abstracts accepted to these meetings. Some societies also offer scholarship funding for residents to attend their meetings. This can help alleviate the financial constraints of transportation and hotel costs. Not to mention, many meetings are held in warm and beautiful cities around the country.
Take a look at the radiology and radiation oncology specialty conferences for the 2019–2020 academic year. ACR-RFS has updated society meetings for the year in one viewing location, which can be accessed at https://www.acr.org/Member-Resources/rfs/Join-Conversation. Many of the abstract submission deadlines are this month and next, so it’s time to get started!
Natasha Monga, MD, is a radiology resident at Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.