Professional Improvement Ideas for Today's Radiologists

The Professional Improvement Ideas for Today's Radiologists special collection features case studies and resources to help readers develop and achieve their value-based care goals.

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While I’m not one for making resolutions, I fully advocate that we should each take the time to regularly reflect on what we’ve learned and the direction we’d like our careers and lives to take. The start of the year is a natural time to think about what we want to accomplish and how we want to live in the months ahead. On New Year’s Eve of 2019, I tweeted that I’m focused on ikigai — a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.”

Ikigai can be found at the center of your passion, profession, mission, vocation, what you love, what you get paid for, what you’re good at, and what you think the world needs. I’m committed to staying closer to that center this year and beyond, in much the same way that I’m committed to keeping patients at the center of their care, as outlined in Imaging 3.0.

What professional resolutions or goals have you made? How are you doing with your efforts? I know many colleagues who have resolved to engage more directly with patients, devote more time to professional improvement, and take steps to have a more positive impact on their health systems and the patients they serve.

Whatever you’re working toward, the case studies and resources within this issue of Imaging 3.0 in Practice can help you shape and achieve your goals. The case studies provide narratives and actionable steps for enhanced patient engagement, thought leadership, care team integration, diversity, population health management, and continuity of care — while the resources can help you plot your goals.

I encourage you to keep these articles and resources on hand as you move forward in fulfilling your personal ambitions while positively contributing to society. When we take the time to periodically reflect and re-center, we can stay in tune with our ikigai — and achieve a balance that is at once good for the well-being of ourselves and those around us.

Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACRGeraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR
Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors

Case Studies in this Issue

A Direct Line to Radiologists

Radiologists in Colorado are adding their phone numbers to radiology reports, making it easier for referring physicians and patients to reach them for consultation.
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Socially Connected

Radiologists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital use social media to engage colleagues, referring physicians, patients, and families.
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Virtually Connected

Radiologists at Massachusetts General Hospital use virtual consults to review findings with patients and PCPs.
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Breaking Down Barriers

An academic radiology department develops an initiative to eliminate barriers and narrow the gender gap in radiology.
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Advocating for Change

Forging and maintaining relationships with legislators and advocating for patients are tangible ways to provide quality care.
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Clinical Comfort

A thriving interventional radiology clinical practice takes ownership of patient care and communicates the specialty’s critical role.
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