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ACR RFS Overview

  1. 1. ACR-RFS Overview A brief introduction to the American College of Radiology
  2. 2. ACR Mission • To serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by – Advancing the science of radiology – Improving the quality of patient care – Positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology – Providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions – Conducting research for the future of radiology
  3. 3. Who is the ACR? • The ACR is over 34,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists – This includes approximately 5,000 residents and fellows as members in- training • The ACR is over 400 professional staff members in Reston, Va., Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, Pa., and Silver Spring Md. • The ACR is over one thousand volunteers donating their time and talents
  4. 4. Who is the ACR? • The ACR is THE voice of radiology • The ACR is THE organization ensuring YOUR future in radiology • NO ACR=NO REPRESENTATION The ACR is a collection of individuals who have come together in the interest of their patients and the profession of radiology!
  5. 5. What is the ACR? • The ACR is the leader in tackling the tough issues facing radiology today, including – Imaging Utilization and Fighting Against Commoditization – Decreased Reimbursement – Self Referral – Health Reform • The ACR is a leader in improving the quality of patient care • The ACR is your source for continuing education The ACR is the largest national organization tackling the socioeconomic issues affecting your career in radiology!
  6. 6. Effective Representation • Through its numbers and resources, the ACR can exert the leverage, time, and money necessary to effectively represent the specialty. • ACR represents the specialty before – – Congress and state legislatures – Federal and state agencies – Medicare & Third-Party payers – National and Local Media – Organized Medicine – And many others
  7. 7. ACR Membership • If you are in a training program in the United States or Canada, you are a complimentary member of the ACR • Those individuals in a training program outside of the US or Canada can join the College at a discounted rate • Additionally, medical students interested in radiology can join the ACR as complimentary members with an application and a faculty endorsement
  8. 8. Membership Benefits • Unrestricted access to Members-only information on the ACR Web site • Access to ACR Practice Guidelines & Technical Standards • Access to ACR Appropriateness CriteriaTM • Access to multiple pathways to learning, including: – ACR Education Center – Learning Files Online – Print Learning Materials – Multimedia Instructional Materials – AIRP-American Institute for Radiologic Pathology – NEW Radiology Leadership Institute • ACR Career Center – FREE to post your resume and search jobs • Subscriptions to ACR publications (ACR Bulletin and JACR)
  9. 9. Membership Benefits • Up-to-date news and information on radiology, health care, research, and advocacy • RFS E-News, monthly electronic newsletter by residents, for residents • Access to ACR Benefits Plus, including discounts on products and services including travel, phone service, and insurance
  10. 10. ACR Resident and Fellow Section • As a member of ACR, you are also a member of the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) • Represents over 5,000 residents in diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and medical physics • RFS members have a unique role in the College as the long- term stakeholders in the future of the profession
  11. 11. ACR Resident and Fellow Section • Led by an Executive Committee of seven in-training members • Meets annually during the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. • Facilitates networking both nationally and locally • Develops resources for residents • Helps to educate residents on the non-clinical aspects of radiology
  12. 12. ACR Resident and Fellow Section • Maintains a portion of the ACR Web site designed by residents, for residents – Resources to assist you during training • ACR Learning Center – MRI Teaching File, Case-in-Point, and more • Getting Started Handbook – Guide to the 1st Year of Residency • ACR Appropriateness Criteria Scenarios – Resources to assist you in the years after training • Fellowship Directory • ACR Career Center • Radiology Career Handbook – Resources to help you better understand the business of radiology • Dollars & Sense • Business Concepts in Radiology – PPT-based lecture series • Issue Updates
  13. 13. So, Why ACR? • As a radiology resident you need – – An advocate to defend and promote the profession of radiology – Resources to help you provide quality patient care – Opportunities for continued education – Resources to understand the non-clinical aspects of radiology – Opportunities to get involved in organized medicine The ACR gives you what you need!
  14. 14. Get Involved, Learn More! • Attend the ACR/RFS Annual Meeting (May 4-8, 2013) • Attend your local chapter meeting(s) • Volunteer to serve on an ACR Committee • Submit a case to the MRI or Radiation Oncology Teaching File • Write an article for the JACR or Bulletin • Respond to calls for action and stay informed • Visit the RFS Web site – Read hot topic articles – Read the RFS e-News – Provide feedback on the site
  15. 15. For More Information • Contact Trina Madison, ACR Staff Coordinator for the RFS – 800-227-5463, ext 4998 – • Contact ACR Membership – 800-347-7748 – • Reach out to your local ACR Chapter (INSERT CONTACT NAME & INFORMATION)