Radiology is facing many challenges right now. How do we preserve what we prize most about our profession—the ability to innovate, the willingness to seek better tools and techniques to improve the care for our patients and keep them first—yet improve the value our nation gets from our sector? New approaches will be necessary, and we need to initiate leadership education for the next generation of leaders earlier in their training.
With the annual fall back-to-school ritual just a month away, September brings multiple, rich leadership education opportunities in radiology—the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Leadership Summit in Wellesley, Mass, Strategic Radiology’s (SR) Executive Education Program, and SR’s bi-annual SR Quality Forum in Dallas-Fort Worth.
“Radiology is facing many challenges right now,” said Arl Van Moore Jr, MD, FACR, chair and CEO, Strategic Radiology. “How do we preserve what we prize most about our profession—the ability to innovate, the willingness to seek better tools and techniques to improve the care for our patients and keep them first—yet improve the value our nation gets from our sector? New approaches will be necessary, and we need to initiate leadership education for the next generation of leaders earlier in their training.”
First up is the ACR’s RLI Leadership Summit, Sept. 7–9, at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass, themed “Creating a Future-proof Practice.” Two days of topics include Leading with Social and Emotional Intelligence, Lateral Leadership, Design Thinking in Radiology, Coalition Building, and Finance.
“We live in an environment where there are changes taking place, and it is both intimidating and exciting,” said Alexander Norbash, MD, chair and professor of radiology, UC San Diego Health, and RLI Summit program chair. “It’s intimidating because the status quo is changing and nobody wants to fail. It is exciting because only when there is a stressor or a change does one have the opportunity to truly evolve.”
RLI is a leadership training program that has been developed in association with business school experts to provide both a path to an MBA or continuing education for radiologists at all career junctions, said RLI Senior Director, Anne Marie Pascoe. RLI instructors include members of the business faculty at Babson College as well as well-known radiologist leaders. From Babson, Gaurab Bhardwaj, MBA, PhD, Richard Bliss, MBA, PhD, Scott Taylor, MBA, PhD, and Andrew Menard, JD, are among the faculty. On the radiology side, Cheri Canon, MD, FACR, Geoffrey Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR, Lawrence Muroff, MD, are among the radiologists who will lead sessions or provide translational bridges between the didactic and the practicums.
In addition to making attendance more feasible for more people by making the program a half-day shorter, RLI has taken steps to provide more opportunities for adding the radiology perspective to the business school curriculum. For instance, “Lateral Leadership” is a half-day session designed to support those who are not in leadership positions who would like to assert influence. “Not everyone is a chair or practice president, so this will be a good opportunity for people to think about their role and how they can be more impactful in their practice,” Pascoe said.
Norbash highlighted the opportunity to escape the radiology “echo chamber” and be exposed to ideas from other sectors of the economy. “When you are looking at how to come up with creative solutions to problems, the place to look is far from home,” he said. “It is by interacting with individuals who are outside of our regular scope of interaction that we are each able to share our perspectives and generate novel solutions.”
“You want there to be some contextual overlap,” Norbash continued. “We are interested in understanding how we can be successful from a business standpoint, which means identifying opportunities, demonstrating positive cash flow, showing financial stewardship that allows us to flourish. It benefits us to get outside of our immediate domain of familiarity in order to find those creative solutions and secure a better future for ourselves.”
To view the complete program, click here. Strategic Radiology members are eligible for a generous group discount on tuition.
SR Fall Meeting
Strategic Radiology’s action-packed fall meeting will be held in Dallas–Fort Worth this year, and begins with the Fall Quality Forum, September 21-22; followed by the Executive Education Program, September 22-23; then the Membership Meeting, September 23; and finally the Board of Managers Meeting, September 24.
The Executive Education Program features a faculty that includes Scott Taylor, MBA, PhD, Babson College, Lauren Golding, MD, a private practice radiologist with Triad Radiology in Winston-Salem, NC, who chairs the ACR MACRA Committee, and Kurt Schoppe, MD, ACR RUC advisor and subspecialist body imager with SR member practice Radiology Associates of North Texas.
Dr. Taylor will present a workshop on “Leadership Strategies for Collaborative Teams”; Dr. Golding will contribute “Quality Payment Program Insights,” and Dr. Schoppe will give a trio of talks: “Fee for Service, a Pragmatic Assessment of Recent Fee for Service: Past and Future”; “Relationships: The Next Currency in Health Care”; and “How to Approach Reimbursement Uncertainty as a Practice Leader.”
The upcoming Quality Forum will feature a faculty that includes Lisa Mead, RN, MS, QPHQ, executive director of Strategic Radiology’s Patient Safety Organization, Lauren Golding, MD, chair, ACR MACRA Committee, and quality professionals from Austin Radiological Association, Inland Imaging, Radiology Associates of North Texas, SR professional liability insurance provider Norcal, and a representative from Clario.
Topics will include Improving Performance for Technologists; Radiology Analytics in High-volume, Hospital-based Program; Evaluating Performance for New and Current Radiologists; Patient Experience, Satisfaction, and Complaint Management; A Risk Management Perspective on Error in Diagnostic Radiology; and Quality Payment Program Update.
“Our September Quality Forum offers a great opportunity to attract more emerging leaders to our quality discourse within Strategic Radiology,” said SR PSO Executive Director Lisa Mead. “Quality improvement does not happen without the support of leadership, and the work that our practices will showcase in September could not happen without that support.”
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