Leadership Essentials

Impactful training for residents and fellows


While the current course officially began in August, you are still able to register for the remaining dates and have access to recordings of the prior sessions.

Backed by RLI’s steadfast commitment to empowering radiology’s future leaders, the RLI Leadership Essentials program provides impactful training for residents and fellows in the leadership and non-interpretive skills most relevant to early-career success.

Chaired by Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, and Matthew Hawkins, MD, this comprehensive live and online program presents a focused curriculum on topics such as contracts and negotiations, rookie leadership, and personal finance.

From August 2019 – May 2020, one topic will be covered each month. Participants will be asked to view a 30–45 minute recorded lecture in advance of a live Q&A session with RLI faculty.

Live Q&A sessions will be held at Noon ET, on the second Wednesday of each month: 

August 14, 2019
September 11, 2019
October 10, 2019 (*Thursday)
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 8, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 8, 2020
May 13, 2020


Information regarding the 2020-2021 program will be posted soon. 

Monthly topic schedule:

From August 2019 – May 2020, one topic will be covered each month. Participants will view a recorded webinar and then participate in a live 30 minute Q&A session with faculty. 

Below is the 2019-2020 program.

Rookie Leadership - August 2019
Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FRBMA
Many emerging leaders believe that they cannot assume leadership responsibilities without a formal title, but some of the most effective leaders are the ones who lead in a grassroots manner. This session will help emerging young leaders identify inner strengths and unique opportunities that will complement traditional organizational leadership.

Constructing and Maintaining High-functioning Teams - September 2019
Matthew Hawkins, MD
The hallmark of a leader is one who creates environments for success and can foster high-functioning teams — something that is not taught in traditional medical education. This session focuses on developing skills and tools that will help radiologists build and be a part of high-functioning teams, and establish shared goals and vision for the future.

Negotiations - October 2019
Gregory Nicola, MD
Successful leaders in both private and academic practices regularly participate in negotiations, which can include equipment purchases and leases, employee hiring and hospital and other contracts. This session focuses on identifying mutual wins in every negotiation, and how to avoid common pitfalls in the negotiation process. 

Crucial Conversations - November 2019
Alexander M. Norbash, MD, MHCM, FACR 
In order for leaders to be successful, they must regularly engage in difficult, though crucial conversations. This session will focus on ways to identify when this is necessary, and how best to engage others in these important conversations.

Servant Leadership - December 2019
Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FACR
The most effective leaders create environments for others to succeed, rather than simply delegating tasks, and seek to serve those that they lead. This session will outline basic principles of servant leadership.

Bringing Awareness to Unconscious Bias - January 2020
Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR
Humans all have biases that interfere with their ability to effectively identify, engage, and cultivate talent. This session will help emerging radiology leaders identify and acknowledge their own hidden biases and actively engage in practices to overcome them.

Change Management in Complex Organizations - February 2020
David B. Larson, MD, MBA 
Inspiring highly-intelligent workers to adopt shared goals is challenging, but necessary, for organizational success. This session helps emerging radiology leaders identify challenges in bringing about change and skills to help most effectively transform institutional cultures and priorities by using basic principles from the science of performance improvement.

Personal Finance: Why it Matters for Leadership at All Stages - March 2020
Kurt A. Schoppe, MD
Personal finance is important for both personal and professional well-being. We easily overlook the value of taking care of ourselves as we work on our professional careers and focus on our patients. In this webinar, we are going to explore the basics of personal finance, how our finances relate to both burnout and professional success, and outline a plan to correct any deficiencies we may discover.

Developing Personal Well-Being and Resilience (“Protect the Asset”) - April 2020
Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR
Burnout is approaching crisis proportions in health care and for a variety of reasons, radiologists may be more vulnerable than other medical specialists. In order for leaders to be most successful, they need to identify the activities and behaviors that promote personal well-being and that promote fulfilling environments for their teams.

Personal Branding - May 2020
K. Elizabeth Hawk, MD, MS, PhD
Strong leaders are those who can effectively communicate a genuine and shared vision, and inspire others to execute that vision. This session explores how one's personal brand — uniquely crafted by the individual — can help promote their legitimacy as a leader and foster sustainability. 


* Faculty and schedule subject to change

Course Fees for 2019-2020

Pricing is per participant:   
Physician Nonmember $1,000
Physician Member $500
Resident/Fellow $125

Group Pricing

A 20% discount will apply for programs in which 10 or more residents/fellows are registered. To begin the process for registering multiple participants and apply savings, please complete this registration form.  If you have any questions before completing the form, please contact us at rli@acr.org


Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FRBMA
Vice Chair for Health Policy and Practice
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Matthew Hawkins, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR
Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

K. Elizabeth Hawk, MD, MS, PhD
Clinical Instructor
Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine 
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

David B. Larson, MD, MBA
Associate Professor of Radiology
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FACR  
Chair, Department of Radiology 
Professor of Radiology 
Radiology and Medical Imaging Department 
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR
Professor and Chair of Radiology 
Associate Dean for Research 
Emory University School of Medicine

Gregory Nicola, MD 
Chair, ASNR Health Policy Committee and Economics Committee 
ASNR Advisor, AMA RUC 
Executive Leadership, Hackensack Radiology Group 
Chair, ACR MACRA Committee

Alexander M. Norbash, MD, MHCM, FACR 
Professor and Chair of Radiology
University of California San Diego

Kurt A. Shoppe, MD
Board Member and Chair, Quality and Safety 
Radiology Associates of North Texas 
ACR Advisor to AMA RVU Update Committee
Chair, ACR Reimbursement and Practice Expense Committees