Preparing for the Future

By Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, Chair

Preparing for the FutureThe RFS Journal Club brings together ACR members-in-training to learn about radiology economics now and going forward.

I often hear from radiology residents that they’d like to be more involved in the College’s economics advocacy efforts and that they need to know more about the payment policy process.

My first recommendation is always that residents should connect with the ACR’s Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) as well as that of their state chapter. The RFS website has some excellent resources on imaging economics contributed by former RFS shining lights and current ACR rising stars, like Charles W. Bowkley III, MD. In addition, the sense of community in the RFS is invaluable for the future of our profession.

As I took on the responsibilities of chairing the Commission on Economics in 2012, I wanted to make sure we nurtured economics volunteers and leaders of the future. Adding residents to our economics committee didn’t seem to fit the bill. I wanted to create a program specific to our members-in-training that would accomplish the dual goals of getting them involved and teaching them about imaging economics.

With that in mind, I worked with then RFS Chair C. Matthew Hawkins, MD, and staff liaison Trina Madison on the concept of a virtual journal club. Almost two years later, we are going strong, and it is easily the most fun thing that I do as chair of the Commission on Economics. Johnathon Flug, MD, MBA, current RFS chair, has taken the baton, and I hope the journal club will now be a long-running fixture.

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