Leadership Essentials

Impactful training for residents and fellows

Backed by RLI’s steadfast commitment to empowering radiology’s future leaders, the all-new 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 2018 – May 2019, 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 8, 2018
  • September 12, 2018
  • October 10, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • December 12, 2018
  • January 9, 2019
  • February 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • April 17, 2019
  • May 8, 2019

Monthly topic schedule:


From August 2018 – May 2019, one topic will be covered per month (topics descriptions subject to change). Participants will be asked to view a 30–45 minute recorded lecture in advance of a live Q&A session with RLI faculty.

August 2018 — Rookie Leadership
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, August 8 at noon ET
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.

September 2018 — Crucial Conversations
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, September 12 at noon ET

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.

October 2018 — Negotiations
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, October 10 at noon ET

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.

November 2018 — Constructing and Maintaining High-functioning Teams
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, November 14 at noon ET

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.

December 2018 — Servant Leadership
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, December 12 at noon ET

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.

January 2019 —  Bringing Awareness to Unconscious Bias
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, January 9 at noon ET

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.

February 2019 — Change Management in Complex Organizations
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, February 13 at noon ET
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.

March 2019 — Personal Finance: Why it Matters for Leadership at All Stages
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, March 13 at 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 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.

April 2019 — Developing Personal Well-Being and Resilience (“Protect the Asset”)
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, April 17 at noon ET
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.

May 2019 — Personal Branding
Live Q&A Session: Wednesday, May 8 at noon ET
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. 

Tuition

Resident/fellow pricing is based 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 register multiple participants and apply savings, please call 1-800-373-2204.

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

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

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