The J.T. Rutherford Fellowship, named in honor of the first ACR lobbyist, and renamed the Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship in 2014, was founded to provide radiology residents direct exposure to ACR government relations activities.
The fellowship provides residents an understanding of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes and the ACR role therein. It also informs residents about governmental factors that play important roles in shaping the future of radiology. Third and fourth year residents preferred.
This one-week program includes historical background on ACR congressional activities, exposure to the ACR Government Relations division and its relationship to the other activities of the ACR.
The fellow is involved in the following activities:
- Learning about other ACR departments’ intricate role in our goal of working for the best interests of the profession
- Meeting with members of Congress and their staffs
- Attending fundraisers of our PAC
- Meeting with representatives of federal regulatory agencies
- Attending ACR meetings