AAWR at ACR 2016 Annual Meeting

Lucy Spalluto, MD 

The AAWR hosted an early morning “Coffee and Muffins” meeting led by Valerie Jackson, MD, FACR.  This informal gathering provided attendants with an opportunity to hear Dr. Jackson speak candidly about her experiences in academia, as a department chairman, and as the Executive Director of the ABR.  She openly discussed the challenges she has faced and the opportunities available to women in radiology. 

This year the AAWR sponsored educational session at the ACR meeting focused on Leadership and Career Transitions in Radiology and Radiation Oncology.  The session offered a chance for multiple speakers from various backgrounds to offer anecdotal experience on the transitions they have faced in their careers.  The speakers and topics discussed at this year’s sessions were:

·  Lucy Spalluto, MD - From Private Practice to Academics – Lessons Learned
Amy Campbell, MD - From Academics to Private Practice – Lessons Learned
Geraldine McGinty, MBA, MD, FACR - What it Takes to Get Ahead in Private Practice
Cheri Canon, MD, FACR - What it Takes to Get Ahead in Academics

The Women’s Caucus was extremely well attended and will be an important forum moving forward to bring women’s issues to the forefront of discussion at the ACR meeting.  The ACR embraces diversity and inclusion and through the work of Dr. Katarzyna Macura and the Commission for Women and General Diversity, great progress is being made.  I encourage AAWR members to consider becoming more involved.  Several state chapters have initiated committees for women and diversity.  The more women become involved at both the state and national level, the stronger our voice will become.