Fall 2021 • Volume 41 • Number 4

 

President's Address

Kristin Kelly Porter, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Abdominal Imaging Section

University of Alabama - Birmingham 

Department of Radiology

 

On October 5, the AAWR began its membership renewal process (Join AAWR) with the free membership for the rest of 2021 campaign.  Our membership is the highest it has been in the past five years, and the 50% membership increase in 2021 (second year in a row) is exciting; hopefully, the momentum will continue. Nevertheless, we are missing many women and allies in radiology, and I hope you will join me in encouraging them to join the AAWR.  The American College of Radiology represents nearly 40,000 diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists. The advancement of women in radiology affects every one of them, so there are many potential members to recruit.

Our organization is stronger with more members:  additional AAWR members allow us to offer more innovative programming, increased mentorship and sponsorship opportunities, and to affect positive change for women in radiology more swiftly.  Please commit to renewing your membership and recruiting new members to join the AAWR.

While recruiting new members please share the article first-authored by Dr. Carolynn M. DeBenedectis, “Celebrating 40 years of the achievements of the American Association for Women in Radiology” published in Clinical Imaging (available here until October 28, 2021 for free). This article celebrates the history of the AAWR and highlights the AAWR’s accomplishments in the last five years leading up to the 40th Anniversary milestone and celebration.  The article concludes that, “The AAWR has demonstrated marked success in meeting its founding goals of improving the visibility of women in radiology, advancing the professional and academic standing of women in radiology, and identifying and addressing issues faced by women in radiology over the last 40 years.”

However, as members of the AAWR are aware, 27% of the US and Canadian medical school graduates who matched in diagnostic radiology were women, compared to 26% in 2018.1,2 The percentage of women matching into radiology residency has been remarkably stagnant over the past 30 years.3  Further, women radiologists earned 21% less than men radiologists in 2018 and represented only 13% of radiology leaders.4,5  There remains much work to be done and allies have a significant role to play.  To this end, I hope that you will register (here) and join us for “The Power of Allyship” Webinar co-hosted by the AAWR and the Society for Advanced Body Imaging (SABI) on Thursday, November 11 at 7 pm ET. Please also invite allies to the webinar and encourage them to join the AAWR.

Finally, I look forward to celebrating a successful membership renewal season and the AAWR’s 2021 accomplishments with all members virtually on December 9 at 1:00 ET (Save the Date). While I am disappointed that we will not be convening in person, I am looking forward to celebrating our new fellows, award winners, and members together.

Thank you for your continued membership and support of the AAWR.

Respectfully,

Kristin

REFERENCES:

 

1.           AAMC. 2020 Report on Residents.  Table B3: Number of Active Residents, by Type of Medical School, GME Specialty, and Sex. https://www.aamc.org/data-reports/students-residents/interactive-data/report-residents/2020/table-b3-number-active-residents-type-medical-school-gme-specialty-and-sex. Published 2020. Accessed September 10, 2021.

2.           AAMC. 2018 Report on Residents.  Table B3: Number of Active Residents, by Type of Medical School, GME Specialty, and Sex. https://www.aamc.org/data-reports/students-residents/interactive-data/table-b3-number-active-residents-type-medical-school-gme-specialty-and-sex. Published 2018. Accessed September 10, 2021.

3.           Hewett L, Lewis M, Collins H, Gordon L. Gender Bias in Diagnostic Radiology Resident Selection, Does it Exist? Acad Radiol. 2016;23(1):101-107.

4.           Walter M. Radiology’s average salary is $429K, but women make 21% less than men. https://www.radiologybusiness.com/topics/economics/radiology-compensation-average-salary-wage-gap. Published 2019. Accessed September 10, 2021.

5.           Spalluto LB, Arleo EK, Lewis MC, Oates ME, Macura KJ. Addressing Needs of Women Radiologists: Opportunities for Practice Leaders to Facilitate Change. Radiographics. 2018;38(6):1626-1637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Editor's Note

Meridith J. Englander, MD, FSIR

Associate Professor of Radiology

Albany Medical College

 

 

 

Last week, I optimistically booked my flight to Chicago for the upcoming RSNA meeting. It is not the first flight that I have scheduled since the start of the pandemic, but it is likely to be the first one that I don’t cancel. Trips not taken include Seattle, Washington DC, San Diego, Orlando, and Paris. While I have missed a few vacations, most of my travel is professional in nature. Each year, I look forward to meetings of the ACR, AMA, and SIR, among others. Virtual formats have allowed us to conduct our business and get CME, but I have missed seeing people. That is why I am very excited about RSNA.

 

I realize that it won’t be the same meeting. Months ago, the AAWR Board elected to conduct our usual RSNA events in a virtual format. I will miss gathering with my AAWR sisters for our luncheon. Instead, I will tune in to Zoom with everyone else. But I will be in Chicago and I am hopeful to run into many of the amazing women I know from AAWR.

 

In fact, I am desperate to see them. As an interventional radiologist, I don’t work closely with many other women physicians. I often feel like I have not found “my people” in the hospital where I work. Rather, my people are members of a national and international network of colleagues that I have met at meetings just like the RSNA. These are the people who get me, who have common professional experiences and shared stories. I have missed spending time with them. The pandemic has helped me to appreciate the value of organizations like AAWR more than ever. 

 

Next month when I travel to Chicago for RSNA, I will be looking forward to hearing presentations and going to the EXPO. But my main focus will be on connecting with the people I have not seen in two years, to catching up in ways that you cannot on a Zoom call. I am so looking forward to this meeting.

 

        

We hope you have enjoyed the virtual programing the AAWR has offered in the last 18 months. The safety and well-being of our attendees is our top priority. We are disappointed we are again unable to hold our traditional RSNA events in person this year.  Delivering engaging and inspiring events to our members and event attendees continues to be one of our greatest focuses. The AAWR leadership is excited to update you on our plans for virtual events this fall and early 2022. We hope to see you there!

Power of Allyship: Thursday, November 11, 7:00 PM ET
Hosted by AAWR & SABI
Dr. Lincoln Berland, Dr. Cheri Canon, Dr. Beth McFarland, Dr. Jordan Perchik, & Dr. Kristin Porter
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Educational Panel at RSNA: Monday, November 29, 1:30 pm CT 

Flexible Work Arrangements and Their Impact on the Advancement of Women in Radiology.
Dr. K Elizabeth Hawk, Dr. Eric J. Ledermann &  Dr. Katie Lozano
For RSNA attendees. Virtual and In-person options


AAWR Members Meeting: A Year In Renew: Thursday, December 9, 1:00 pm ET
Get an update on the 2021 AAWR activities, awardees, membership, and board member transitions.

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Coming Soon!

Virtual Speed Mentoring – open to all.

Much more! Stay Tuned.
 

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AAWR's 40th Anniversary Noted in Clinical Imaging

 

AAWR's 40th Anniversary was mentioned in an article in Clinical Imaging.

 

Click here to read the abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0899707121003454

 

 

 

AAWR Leadership Development Seminar: July 20, 2021

Jordana Phillips, MD 

Associate Professor of Radiology at BU School of Medicine
 

 

 

Panelists included: Susan John, MD; Kristin Porter, MD; Sarah Milla, MD; Valerie L. Ward, MD, MPH, PhD; Teresa Victoria, MD, PhD

Who do you look up to for inspiration/mentorship? How do you continue to grow as a leader?

To start, everyone should look to the leaders of AAWR. We grow by meeting other women, participating in panels, getting involved in national organizations.  You can also read (or listen) to books on leadership that are outside of Radiology. In addition, be active about seeking out feedback.

Why should I seek a leadership role and how do I get started?

Being a leader requires a commitment to more than just your own personal career, but also a commitment to your community and your institution.  It sometimes requires mediating conflict and having difficult conversations but overall rewards are worthwhile.  The main benefit is the opportunity to have a broad impact and have enough influence to make changes.  Being a leader is not about just you; it’s about your team.

When pursuing leadership, start small. Get involved in your local community, volunteer to lead a committee. Quality initiatives are worthwhile as they are appreciated by the hospital.  Most importantly, you need to take a leap, try something new, and grab opportunities when they present themselves.

How do you balance family/relationship needs in your leadership journey?

The answer to this question is different for every person. Every person has to look at their own situation and see what they can handle. Always evaluate how you are doing first, making sure to maintain your own well-being. It’s important to remember that we cannot do it all. We need to let some things go and ask for help. It’s helpful to think of this in terms of priorities rather than balancing and aligning your priorities with the priorities of the people/programs that matter to you.

Are there pathways to leadership for radiologists that are outside of the department of Radiology?

Yes, most definitely. Quality initiatives are a good to area pursue.  QI expands the perception of Radiology within the hospital leadership.

How do we fix the pipeline problem to get more women in leadership?

It’s hard to break into certain leadership groups.  Building the pipeline has to be intentional and reach back as far as high school and support women. Mentorship, sponsorship, and coaching are all critical for successful programs.  Also use the evidence that diversity leads to more financial success.

What does it take to be a successful leader?

Certain skills and attributes are necessary, and they will depend on the role you are taking on.  Therefore, you have to be a strong learner and self-aware.  You have to be open to feedback and overall optimistic. Good communication and interpersonal skills across all groups of people is critical.  Having a professional coach is also exceptionally helpful. It can take time but worthwhile to be educated in leadership skills.

How do early- and mid-career women breakthrough in departments with less open-minded leadership?

Identifying allies is critical.  The He-for-She movement has been really helpful. If there are no allies in your group, then you may need to look elsewhere to influence change. You can also look outside your department, to your societies, or even outside of your societies for support.

Can academic radiologists have both a successful academic career and then also be successful at the executive hospital leadership level?

Yes, you can be successful in both.  Ideally you will identify where administrative/operational challenges overlap with academic goals.  Turn operational challenges into academic projects and involve academic colleagues and share results.

What resources would you recommend for those not yet in leadership roles or programs?

The AAWR will collate resources to share with the membership.

Does family situation prevent one from progressing in their career?

Studies show that women with children have improved productivity.  Busy people get things done!