Leadership Essentials

Impactful training for residents and fellows

September 1 - December 15, 2021

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 Ann Jay, MD and Ryan Peterson, MD, this comprehensive live and online program presents a focused curriculum on topics such as contracts and negotiations, rookie leadership, and personal finance.

From September 2021 – December 2021, two topics 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 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Below are the 2021 program dates:

September 1, 2021 
September 15, 2021
October 6, 2021
October 20, 2021
November 3, 2021
November 17, 2021
December 1, 2021
December 15, 2021

* Dates may be subject to changed 

Watch this on-demand lecture, Bringing Awareness to Unconscious Bias, led by Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR, to learn how to identify and acknowledge your own hidden biases, engage in practices to overcome them, and emerge as a leader in radiology

Monthly topic schedule:

From September – December 2021, two topics will be covered each month. Participants will view a pre-recorded lecture, additional resources, and then participate in a live, 30-minute Q&A session with faculty. 

2021 Topics and Q&A Dates

 September 2021

Rookie Leadership - Wednesday, September 1, Noon ET
Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FSIR, FRBMA
Many residents believe 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. During this session, residents will identify their inner strengths and unique opportunities that can complement traditional organizational leadership.

 Effective Communications That Drive Success - Wednesday, September 15, Noon ET
Jamlik-Omari Johnson, MD, FASER
Everyone faces challenges and difficult interactions throughout their career. In this session, residents will have the opportunity to discuss the basics of communication in the workplace, what challenges you can expect to come across and how to appropriately handle them as a professional.
 October 2021
Social and Emotional Intelligence: Their Role in Successful Workplace Relationships - Wednesday, October 6, Noon ET
Jessica B. Robbins, MD
What is social and emotional intelligence and how can it be used to improve our relationships in the workplace? This session will help you discover what it is, why it matters, and how to incorporate it into your daily practice as a radiologist.
 Reframing Work-Life Integration - Wednesday, October 20, Noon ET
Jennifer W. Uyeda, MD
Struggling to find work-life balance as a resident? Not sure how to best manage your schedule? This session provides a variety of tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your time and set yourself up for success early on in your career.
 November 2021
 Mentorship: Why It's Important and How to Make the Most of It - Wednesday, November 3, Noon ET
Jean Jeudy, MD
Residency is a great time to learn from the experiences and decisions of others in your field. That's why we encourage all residents to take advantage of the mentorship opportunities available to them. This session focuses on how to find the right mentor fit, understand what you need in a mentor, and how to make the most out of your mentoring relationship.
Personal Finance: Why It Matters for Leadership at All Stages of Your Career - Wednesday, November 17, Noon ET
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 session, 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.
 December 2021
 Optimizing Your Professional Brand with Social Media - Wednesday, December 1, Noon ET
Darel E. Heitkamp, MD
This session covers the essentials of leveraging social media to amplify your professional brand. Participants should come away from this session with an understanding of who might benefit from social media branding, its particular strengths and limitations, techniques for getting started, and pitfalls.
 Making Yourself Indispensable - Wednesday, December 15, Noon ET
Harprit Bedi, MD
We want to help you set yourself apart from your peers. This session focuses on how each of the topics covered in this program provide unique value and help you make yourself indispensable in residency and throughout your entire career.

* Faculty and schedule subject to change

Course Fees for 2021





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If you are a residency program and would like to register multiple residents - please use this link

Rate is $100pp for 5 or more residents

Course Chairs

Ann K. Jay, MD

Associate Professor
Departments of Clinical Radiology and Otolaryngology
Program Director, Radiology Residency Program
Director, Head and Neck Imaging
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Ryan B. Peterson, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Neuroradiology
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine


Harprit Bedi, MD

Harprit Bedi, MD

Vice-Chair for Radiology Education
Program Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Program
Boston University Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology
Boston University School of Medicine
Richard Duszak, Jr., MD, FACR

Richard Duszak, MD, FACR, FSIR, FRBMA

Professor and Vice Chair for Health Policy and Practice
Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine

Darel E. Heitkamp, MD

AdventHealth Imaging
Jean Jeudy, MD

Jean Jeudy, MD

Professor of Radiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Imaging
Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center

Jamlik-Omari Johnson, MD FASER

Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Chief, Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Emory University Midtown Hospital
Director, Division of Emergency & Trauma Imaging
Medical Director, Imaging Services, Emory University Smyrna Hospital
Emory Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Jessica B. Robbins, MD

Professor of Radiology
Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Enrichment
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Kurt A. Schoppe, MD

Radiology Associates of North Texas, PA
Chair, ACR Reimbursement Committee (ACR RUC Advisor)
Chair, Department of Radiology, John Peter Smith Hospital

Jennifer W. Uyeda, MD

Assistant Division Chief, Emergency Radiology
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Emergency Radiology and Abdominal Imaging and Intervention
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital