Strategic Plan

Environmental Assessment

Changes in the practice of radiology necessitate that women radiologists, radiation oncologists, and related professionals acquire and refine leadership and other non-interpretative skills; expand networking and mentoring activities; work towards eliminating gender bias; and achieve equality in the work place. The American Association for Women Radiologist is uniquely positioned to offer its members educational programs and networking capabilities that will enhance their personal and professional lives. With decreasing revenues and with the numerous organizations and activities that compete for member's time and money, the American Association for Women Radiologists must focus its resources and its efforts on delivering services that benefit its diverse membership.


To provide a forum for issues unique to women in radiology, radiation oncology and related professions; to sponsor programs that promote opportunities for women and to facilitate communication among members and other professionals.


The American Association for Women Radiologists will assist women in radiology, radiation oncology and related professions to achieve a personal professional fulfillment through equal recognition and opportunities; and will ensure that issues unique to women are acknowledged and addressed by all the members of the profession.


Goal 1. — To advance the professional and academic standing of our members

  • Offer programs to develop and improve leadership, publication and negotiation skills
  • Establish a liaison with the AAMC to research salary equity
  • Ensure that programs meet the diverse needs of our members

Goal 2. — To identify and to address gender-unique issues

  • Evaluate and expand children's programs at national meetings
  • Address employment issues, including part-time employment, pregnancy, and maternity leave
  • Refine programs for recognition of outstanding achievement

Goal 3. — To increase and retain active members

  • Expand programs for members-in-training
  • Explore international membership and appropriate dues structure
  • Refine and publish guidelines for the mentoring program

Goal 4. — To improve visibility and communication

  • Update and expand AAWR web site
  • Streamline the FOCUS publication process
  • Promote and publicize programs at national meetings
  • Consider making web site available to international professionals
  • Consider securing a booth at the European Congress of Radiology
  • Broaden networking opportunities at meetings and on the Internet

Goal 5. — To increase AAWR administrative effectiveness

  • Review committee structure and function
  • Update bylaws in accordance with the strategic plan
  • Make Focus and AAWR software compatible
  • Review, update, and distribute the AAWR and committee timelines

Teresita Angtuaco, MD
Karen Kileen, MD
Ritsuko U. Komaki, MD
Charleta Mason
Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD
Nancy Rosen, MD
Ann Roser
Julie Timins, MD


What is AAWR?

The American Association for Women Radiologists (AAWR) is a professional organization for women radiologists established in 1981 with focus on:

  • Networking among women in radiology
  • Increasing visibility of women in radiology
  • Representation on the American College of Radiology board
  • Sponsoring of activities that impact women in radiology
  • Mentoring program to advance careers of women in radiology

Who is a radiologist and what training is required to become a radiologist?

radiologist is a physician who diagnoses diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images. A radiologist correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and confers with referring physicians (the doctors who send patients to the radiology department or clinic for testing). Radiologists also treat some diseases by means of radiation (radiation oncology) or minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (interventional radiology). Like other physicians, the radiologist must have graduated from an accredited medical school, passed a licensing examination, and completed at least 4 years of post-graduate medical education (residency). Radiologists are usually board certified, that is, have taken and passed an examination and thus approved to practice in the field by either the American Board of Radiology (for a medical doctor) or the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (for an osteopathic doctor).

To learn more about different professions in diagnostic radiology, career requirements and job opportunities visit the Professions in Radiology web page sponsored by the RSNA and ACR.