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Dispatches June 2024

Release of the CoPLL report, JACR going digital in 2025 and more.
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In April, Tiffany Gowen, MHA, received the Honorary Fellow award from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) at the SBI Annual Symposium.

June 04, 2024
  • A Legacy of Learning: A Look at Six Years of ACR Education and Publications
  • Join ACR's ImPower PRogram to Improve Patient Outcomes
  • JACR Goes Digital in 2025
  • ACR Career Fair: Job Seeker
  • ACR Says That New Finalized USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations ‘Do Not Go Far Enough’
  • Annual Impact Report Released by Radiology Health Equity Coalition
  • Tiffany Gowen Honored at SBI Annual Symposium
  • Apply for the ACR Foundation Goldberg-Reeder Resident Travel Grant 

A Legacy of Learning: A Look at Six Years of ACR Education and Publications

After completing her six-year term in May 2024, now-former chair of the ACR Commission on Publications and Lifelong Learning (CoPLL) Lori A. Deitte, MD, FACR, has passed on the role to Priscilla J. Slanetz, MD, MPH, FACR, but not before recounting the accomplishments of Deitte’s tenure in a new report

From 2018 to 2024, the ACR awarded nearly 1.5 million AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for CoPLL-related programs, including Case in Point®, the ACR Education Center, AIRP®, and the Continuous Professional Improvement program, among others. The report looks back at strategic planning efforts, the quick pivot to virtual offerings accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual meeting CME sessions through the years and Bulletin and JACR® achievements.

Join ACR’s ImPower Program to Improve Patient Outcomes 

ImPower is a structured improvement program, where multi-disciplinary teams learn and apply quality improvement tools and collaborate with peer institutions, while earning continuing education credits. When frontline staff are empowered to solve problems, the solutions are more comprehensive, staff become champions of change and organizational improvement capabilities expand exponentially. After completing ImPower, organizations continue to engage, iterate on their solutions and achieve outstanding performance by participating in ACR's Learning Network.

There are four ImPower improvement collaboratives – Mammography Positioning, Prostate MR Image Quality, Lung Cancer Screening and Recommendations Follow-up. Each collaborative is led by an expert radiologist and comprised of teams from 4 - 6 organizations across the country. Participants learn quality improvement methods, build leadership skills and support one another in solving similar problems within their respective local environments. 

Interested in learning more? Review a series of Learning Network articles in the ACR Bulletin or watch a webinar recording where ImPower graduates share their experiences and insights. 

Apply by June 25th to participate in Cohort 4 of ImPower. For additional questions, submit a ticket to the ACR Learning Network team. 

JACR® Goes Digital in 2025

The JACR® will be online-only beginning in Jan. 2025. The decision to retire the monthly printed edition of the journal was announced to members during the ACR’s Annual Meeting in April. Like many other medical journals, the JACR has committed to finding ways to use fewer natural resources to create its monthly issues, leading to this decision. The decision was not made lightly, says JACR Editor-in-Chief Ruth Carlos, MD, MS, FACR. 

“We know many of our readers really enjoy print. We will be working hard over these next few months to enhance the JACR’s online presence – and we’ll be launching a handful of new projects, including a JACR podcast, to keep our readers connected and engaged,” Carlos says.

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ACR Career Fair: Job Seeker

Register today for the ACR Career Center’s virtual career fair on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5 to 8 p.m. ET. Review the list of employers and plan your discussion topics. Employers and their representatives will be available through chat, audio or video.

Upload your CV accessible only to the employer attendees and schedule one-on-one meetings with hiring employers to begin the next step of your career.

Click here to register and obtain more information. Contact with your questions. Search today for available employment opportunities.

Annual Impact Report Released by the Radiology Health Equity Coalition Shows Impact Coalition Has in Medical Imaging

The Radiology Health Equity Coalition (RHEC) recently released their annual impact report detailing information on workshops on cervical cancer integration, efforts in community education through Communities Crush Cancer, the establishment of the Cancer Equity Compass project and cancer screening public service campaigns. This report highlights the RHEC’s innovative initiatives that have impacted medical imaging, ensuring timely, safe and effective quality patient care.

Read the full report.

ACR Staff Member Honored at SBI Annual Symposium

In April, Tiffany Gowen, MHA, received the Honorary Fellow award from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) at the SBI Annual Symposium. Gowen is the director of the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. 

Gowen established and led the Breast Cancer Screening Leaders Group with Former SBI President Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, FSBI. The goal was to cultivate new leaders equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the science supporting breast cancer screening and the ability and commitment to communicate these findings to a broad audience and advocate for screening. Since its inception in May 2014, this group has successfully trained three cohorts and remains a dynamic and engaged collective of screening leaders, including Dana H. Smetherman, MD, MBA, MPH, FACR, the incoming CEO of the ACR. 

“This fellowship is an indescribable honor, placing my name among a distinguished list of leaders I deeply admire who have received this award before me,” Gowen said. “This recognition is a testament to the SBI’s collective efforts and unwavering dedication to advancing breast cancer screening and population health.” 

Gowen’s work advocating for patients will be featured in an upcoming issue of the ACR Bulletin.

Apply for the ACR Foundation Goldberg-Reeder Resident Travel Grant 

Are you an ACR member-in-training who is interested in providing volunteer service to low-to-middle income countries? The ACR Foundation supports the Goldberg-Reeder Resident Travel Grant program, which provides travel grants to interested members-in-training seeking to serve a month in one of these countries advancing radiology. Applications must be received by June 30. For more information, contact Meredith Amos, ACR governance and member services coordinator.

Author Alexander Utano,  Associate Editor, ACR Press