The Association held its annual luncheons, hosted a Refresher Course for the RSNA, and offered a Speed Mentoring session for trainees.
AAWR Annual Business Meeting Luncheon
Election of the 2015 AAWR Executive Committee was followed by the announcement of the 2015 Marie Sklodowska-Cure Award Winner, Dr. Kimberly Applegate.
AAWR Presidential Luncheon: Kimberly Applegate, MD, MS of Emory University spoke on “Quality and Safety Research, Teaching, and Administration: Unlimited Career Opportunities”. She emphasized that the keys to quality in radiology and radiation oncology are teamwork, checklists and reminders, policies and audit practices, and continual investigation of events followed with practice quality improvement initiatives. As Dr. Applegate stated “Improvement can happen using both near misses and real misses when people work together in teams to make patient care better.”
Resident’s Luncheon: Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR of Weill Cornell Medical College spoke on the topic of “Healthcare Payment and Policy” at the 2015 AAWR Resident’s Luncheon. She discussed the implicit differences in Fee for Service and Pay for Performance models. She stressed the increasing role of patient awareness in the healthcare system and methods for radiologists and radiation oncologists to adapt their current practice to succeed in both models.
Refresher Course: The Association continued the tradition of hosting an annual AAWR Refresher Course at the RSNA. The 2015 course, “Career Development for Women Radiologists and Women Radiation Oncologists”, provided attendants with a variety of methods to approach and achieve professional success. Susan Ackerman, MD of the Medical University of South Carolina moderated. Topics and speakers included:
Residency: What Does it Take?, Rachel Nelson, MD
Climbing the Ladder: Challenges and Opportunity, Madeline Lewis, MD
Challenges of Private Practice: How to be Successful, Beatriz Amendola, MD
Women at the Top: Do’s and Don’ts, Carol Rumack, MD
The AAWR hosted a 1 and ½ hour speed mentoring session allowing members in training to interact directly with more senior AAWR members in a casual setting. Topics of discussion included work/life balance, getting involved in organized radiology, academic mentoring, contract negotiations, and climbing the ladder.