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Centennial Perspectives: A Look at Radiology From All Sides

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To determine where the specialty is headed in the future, it's important to first understand where it's been and where it stands today. 
December 01, 2023

As the past 100 years have shown us, radiology is an ever-evolving specialty. New generations beginning their journey to become radiologists and provide the best patient care possible must tackle the same challenges as their more experienced peers. And together, the generations of radiologists must face the new challenges of evolving technology, emerging risks, a developing workforce and a more complex set of patient needs. 

To mark the celebration of the ACR’s centennial in 2023–2024, the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) recorded a pair of podcast episodes that look at two different generations of radiologists: those who have decades of experience in the specialty and those with less than 10 years in practice. 

This month’s Bulletin coverage includes four articles based on the podcasts: 

  1. Centennial Perspectives: Longtime Radiologists Recall the Past and Welcome the Future. In the first of two RLI podcasts episodes, host Geoffrey D. Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, talks to five radiologists about what they have seen in their decades in the field: Johnathan S. Lewin, MD, FACR; Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR; Lawrence R. Muroff, MD, FACR; Mary H. Scanlon, MD, FACR; and Elliot L. Siegel, MD, FACR. Topics range from technological advancements that have affected the way radiologists work to changing how new generations of radiologists are trained based on their learning habits. The panelists bring great insight to the table as they discuss how things have changed in the specialty and where things are headed in the future.
  2. Centennial Perspectives: Rising Leaders in Radiology Look at How the Specialty Will Evolve. In the second episode, Rubin talks to four radiologists who are early in their careers but have already made their impact in radiology: Kurt A. Schoppe, MD; Judy W. Gichoya, MD; Mathew Hawkins, MD; and Amy K. Patel, MD. They discuss how they’ve grown as leaders, how they define success, how they see the next decade of radiology shaping out and more. It’s a lively and informative discussion from some of radiology’s brightest rising minds. 
  3. Behind the Microphone with Geoffrey D. Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR. Rubin shares some of his thoughts on what radiology leaders revealed in both panels. He also talks about his observations from other leaders in the field based on previous podcast episodes.
  4. Observations of a CEO: A Chat with William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, FACRThe ACR's CEO discusses how the views of both panels align with the future vision for the College and its commitment to serving members — who, in turn, can best serve their patients today, tomorrow and always.
Author Alexander Utano, editorial assistant, ACR Press, and Diane Sears, managing editor, ACR Press