Fall 2020 • Volume 40 • Number 4


President's Address

Lucy B. Spalluto, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Women in Radiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

The transition to the virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way the world connects. The AAWR has embraced this opportunity to offer increased programming focused on the current challenges faced by women in radiology, programming that meets the needs of our diverse membership.  In order to expand our organization’s reach, the AAWR has built strong partnerships with industry and professional organizations including Ambra Health, the ACR Young and Early Career Professional Section (YPS), RadXX, and the American Medical Women’s Association.


Recent AAWR programming includes the “Parenting and Practicing Radiology During the Pandemic” webinar (co-sponsored by the ACR), the “Job Hunting During an Economic Crisis” webinar (co-sponsored by the ACR YPS), and the second installment of the Financial Freedom Series, “Financial Planning for Physicians,“ a discussion led by Anjali Jariwala of FIT Advisors (co-sponsored by Ambra Health and RadXX).  Many of these recordings can be viewed on the AAWR website.  In addition to this virtual programming, AAWR members have contributed important peer-reviewed publications supporting the AAWR mission such as Carpe Diem – An opportunity for the ABR to support its trainees with family-friendly policies1 and Challenges faced by women in radiology during the pandemic – A summary of the AAWR Women’s Caucus at the ACR 2020 annual meeting 2.


In the coming months, AAWR will host an outstanding series of events.  These include:

  • “Getting Things Done” - featuring Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, 2019 AAWR President.  This 3rd installment of the AAWR Members-In-Training Work Life Balance webinar series will be held on October 15.
  • “Why Radiology or Radiation Oncology” - a discussion led by AAWR Members-In-Training Drs. Shadi Esfahani and Anna Lee.  This virtual session will be held as part of the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference on October 17.
  • “Rules and Regulations:  Knowing Your Rights When Facing Adverse Employment” – a virtual panel event at the 2020 ASTRO meeting.  Panelists for this event to be held on October 28 include Drs. Joan St. Onge, Rebecca Salawdeh, and Kenneth B. Simons.
  • “Making the Most of Mentorship” – virtual panel co-sponsored by the Society for Advanced Body Imaging.  Moderated by Dr. Tara Catanzano, speakers will include Drs. Susan Ascher, Carolyn Meltzer, and Stephanie Spottswood.  This event will be held in early November.
  • “Negotiating Contracts” -  featuring Michele Fenkel, business lawyer.  This is the 3rd installment of the Financial Freedom webinar series co-hosted by Ambra Health and RadXX  and will be held on November 16.
  • “Building a Diverse Radiology Workforce” - RSNA Educational Session with speakers Drs. Carolyn Meltzer, Katarzyna Macura, and Pari Pandharipande will be held virtually on November 29.

The AAWR-sponsored educational session this year will focus on a timely and important topic, “Building a Diverse Radiology Workforce.”  The AAWR was built on principles of diversity and inclusion, and the strength, diversity, and dedication of our membership have driven the AAWR to become the impactful organization that it is today.  The AAWR’s long-standing commitment to diversity has led to recognition of our organization as a “diversity leader” amongst other radiology societies3.


I would like to thank you all for helping to make 2020, one of the AAWR’s most challenging years, one of our most successful.  This year, the AAWR has increased overall membership, expanded the amount of programming offered, and developed robust partnerships with industry and medical organizations that will strengthen our future. 


Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.  And, please save the date for the Annual AAWR Member’s Business meeting to be held virtually on Monday, November 30 at 12 pm Central.


Your AAWR President,

 Lucy Spalluto, MD MPH




  1. Magudia K, Smith E, Harrington SG, Porter KK, Arleo EK, Jagsi R, Spalluto LB.  Carpe Diem:  An opportunity for the ABR to support its trainees with family-friendly policies.  Clin Imaging.  Published online July 4, 2020.
  2. Esfahani SA, Lee A, Hu J, Kelly M, Magudia K, Everett C, Szabunio M, Ackerman S, Spalluto LB. Challenges Faced by Women in Radiology during the Pandemic - A Summary of the AAWR Women’s Caucus at the ACR 2020 Annual Meeting. Clin Imaging. Published online August 27, 2020.
  3. Prabhu V, Van Sant EP, Lovett JT, Hindman NM.  Current State of Membership Diversity Among North American Radiology Societies:  Analysis of Public Information on Society Websites.  Academic Radiology.  Published online August 5, 2020.




Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Candice A. Johnstone, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, St. Joseph's Hospital



Dear Colleagues,

I hope this note and newsletter finds you well. We are now more than six months in to the worldwide pandemic. Those of us who are following medical advice are tired of our constricted lives. I miss the hugs, the visualization of my patients' and colleagues' faces, and yet, face coverings remain essential. I miss the routines of going to the theater, a restaurant, or even school to pick up my first grader. Many of us are living through the necessary evil that is online school, our children glued to devices.


We mourn the passing of The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a truly remarkable and spectacular woman. Hopefully, the second wave will pass, leaders will lead, and we can once again gather at meetings. Until then, let us know if there is anything the AAWR can do to help you. Are there topics you want to see addressed? Is there something we can do to support you? Reach out to each other or to me.


Our network is strong and vibrant and we will gather in person again.


All my best, 





Congratulations to AAWR's Fall Award Winners

Watch for the Winter 2021 Newsletter for details on these outstanding AAWR members!


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award                                                           

Cheri L. Canon, MD, FACR, FAAWR, University of Alabama – Birmingham


Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award

Iris C. Gibbs, MD, FACR, AAWR, FASTRO, Stanford University


Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology      

Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, MD, MA, Massachusetts General Hospital


Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology         

Shadi A. Esfahani, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital


MIT Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology        

Hena A. Cheema, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


MIT Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentation in Radiation Oncology        

Deborah C. Marshall, MD, MAS, Mount Sinai Hospital



The Importance of Advocacy 
Amy L. Kotsenas, MD, FACR
Associate Professor of Radiology
Mayo Clinic


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

What is advocacy?

Advocacy comes from the Latin word ‘advocare’ and literally means to “add” a “voice.” Origins date back to ancient Rome when well-established orators, or advocates, such as Caesar and Cicero would plead for someone’s cause. Today we think of advocacy as any action that speaks in favor of a cause, supports or defends an action, or pleads on behalf of others, or even ourselves. Advocacy isn’t simply voicing support; it must be followed with clear actions to support positive change. Dr. Ritu R. Sharma of the Academy for Educational Development summed this up well by stating that “advocacy is a tool for putting a problem on the agenda, providing a solution to that problem, and building support for acting both on the problem and for the solution.” (1)

Advocacy Myths

There are many misconceptions about advocacy. Many people believe advocacy is difficult to implement, requires a lot of time and effort, is only about politics or fundraising, and results in bullhorns and rallies. While advocacy can be political, such as lobbying for a specific piece of legislation, it is more often a process of social change focused on issues close to home. Most advocacy efforts are grass-roots and do not require large sums of money. Bullhorns and rallies may be very loud and visible tools of advocacy, but they are only a few of the tools that advocates may use to generate awareness of and support for their cause. Advocacy may be challenging, but anyone can and should rise to the challenge to make a positive change in various areas of their lives. There are many small steps you can take that are not time-consuming, such as writing a letter to your congressperson or on behalf of a colleague who is up for promotion.  In fact, advocacy is often more about quietly developing long-term relationships and building coalitions with stakeholders. Advocacy seeks to ensure that everyone’s views are genuinely considered when decisions are being made about issues that affect those individuals’ lives and the lives of those they care about.

Examples of Advocacy

We advocate for many things in both our professional and personal lives, as individuals and as part of larger groups or organizations.

The AAWR Caucus at the annual ACR meeting is a perfect example. That meeting focuses both on issues important to women in radiology AND how to move the ball forward on addressing these issues. A recent example is the issue of paid family and medical leave. The caucus provides an initial forum to discuss the issue, expand support amongst AAWR members, and make a plan for spreading awareness and building additional support through articles published in the radiology literature, bringing other radiology organizations such as APDR on board and strategizing around an ACR resolution in support of this important issue. (2) The AAWR Caucus is also a great venue for highlighting women candidates in ACR elections and enabling networking to help them get elected. In the end, advocacy is all about influencing decision makers. Therefore, the greater the number of like-minded decision makers we have at the table, the more likely our issues will be heard and acted upon.

How to Advocate in 4 Simple Steps

  1.  Identify your issue or opportunity.
  2. Research the issue at hand so you have all the relevant facts to gather appropriate resources that support your communication and education efforts    and to determine your key audiences.
  3. Organize. Set clear goals. Develop an action plan and time schedule. Build power at the base and mobilize grassroots support.
  4. Educate and communicate effectively with decision makers and others who have influence on the decision makers (i.e. the public, other organization members) using the resources and data gathered in step 1. Know your opposition and the points likely to sway decisions your way. The means of communication may vary depending on the group you wish to influence. Understand where they get their information from.
  5. Collaborate and build alliances in the broadest sense with other like-minded individuals and groups, add strength in numbers, establish coalitions for long-term success.

Everyday advocacy

Most of us already are advocates in our everyday lives. We all believe in something or someone and we all have the skills to be a champion, supporter, proponent, or friend.

We may be advocating as healthcare providers for the public to #MaskUp on social media. Or we may be advocating within our institutions for more effective mentoring programs for our junior staff members or changes to our electronic health record systems. We may be advocating on behalf of each other for academic promotions, new jobs prospects, or in society leadership roles. It only requires a few steps to take our everyday advocacy to the next level.

Finally, it is never too early, or too late, to start advocating! No matter what your stage in your career or life, now is a great time to identify those issues important to you, connect and collaborate with other like-minded folks, and make a difference in our world. Advocacy has a role to play any time or place that changes need to occur.


  1. Sharma RR. An Introduction to Advocacy Training Guide. https://docisolation.prod.fire.glass/?guid=70c09fe8-2696-49e1-3bb3-0eb07cee91f7 (accessed 8/25/2020)
  2. Arleo EK. Paid family/medical leave: That's great – What's next? Clinical Imaging 2020;61: A1-A3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.02.004.









Pediatric Radiology: An Important and Impactful Career Choice 

Shannon G. Farmakis, MD, FAAP

Co-Director of telePediatrics

Radia, Inc., PS

My journey to pediatric radiology was by no means traditional, and, in a way, that makes me the perfect example of a pediatric radiologist, as many of us found our way to pediatric radiology through nontraditional means, such as starting off in Pediatrics or Family Medicine.  


I started my training in General Surgery, and yet during my residency I found myself drawn more and more to the imaging I ordered on my patients.  Many of the decisions we made as surgeons depended on the imaging studies we obtained and on what the radiologists reported.  I was fascinated by the visual manipulation of anatomy through the imaging exams and impressed by the radiologist’s ability to generate differential diagnoses based on those images.   While I had a promising career in surgery ahead of me, I went through the match for Diagnostic Radiology during my third year. 


My last three months as a surgery resident, I served as the chief resident on the pediatric surgery service.  While this wasn’t my first experience on pediatric surgery, it was my longest rotation, and those few months changed the course of my life.  The patients were amazing and so resilient.  Unlike so many adult patients, nothing these children did was self-induced, and the interactions with them were so rewarding.  I had the opportunity to meet children and their families at some of the worst or scariest moments in their lives, help them through it, watch them heal, and then had the privilege of their gratitude.  I spent my gap year between finishing my surgery residency and starting my radiology residency moonlighting for the pediatric surgery service at my former training program.  My love of pediatrics only continued to grow.  My pediatric colleagues were the best—I truly felt like a part of the team of nurses, surgeons, pediatricians, and pediatric ER physicians.  There was no question that this was a field I wanted to continue to be a part of as a radiologist. 


During my radiology residency, I applied for and accepted a pediatric radiology fellowship.  Unfortunately, as I was making my choice, I heard the misguided rumors from my fellow residents and had even been told by some of my non-pediatric radiology attendings that I would get paid less in pediatrics, that I would only be able to get a job at an academic center, that there weren’t a lot of jobs for pediatric radiologists, and that I would have more call.  While these “tales” did concern me and my husband, I didn’t let them sway me from choosing this subspecialty for two reasons.  Maybe it was crazy, but I’d already switched careers once.  Now, having found my niche, I was going to stick with the subspecialty that I was truly excited about.  After all, I was going to spend the rest of my career in this field.  Nonetheless, I also did my homework.  I found that the radiology job market was constantly changing, and what may have been true about jobs at the beginning of my residency wouldn’t necessarily be the same at the time I finished my fellowship.


Now that I have been out in practice for six years, the misperceptions that I heard then are, unfortunately, the same misperceptions that I still hear now being raised by trainees concerned about choosing a career in pediatric radiology.  I would like to address these misperceptions and correct them individually. 


First, there are ample job opportunities in pediatric radiology.  Pediatric radiologists are in high demand, and these jobs aren’t just in academic centers in major urban settings.  There are a wide variety of practice settings that need pediatric radiologists (e.g. academic, private practice, hybrid {community-academic}, and teleradiology), and these jobs exist all over the country, not just in big cities.


Second, a common misperception is that pediatric radiologists earn less than their counterparts in other radiology subspecialties.  This is simply not true.  While the salaries in private practices tend to be higher than academic practices, pediatric radiologists earn salaries that are on par with their non-interventional colleagues, regardless of the practice setting. 


Third, pediatric radiology offers immense diversity in terms of imaging modalities and cases.  Pediatric radiologists don’t just look at radiographs and ultrasounds.  We read all imaging modalities including MRI, CT, US, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, and advanced imaging modalities, such as contrast-enhanced ultrasound and voiding urosonography, fetal imaging, and PET/CT and PET/MRI.  There are also opportunities for further subspecialization in pediatrics including musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, cardiovascular imaging, and even pediatric interventional radiology.  We are also at the forefront of many radiology endeavors, such as the Image Gently campaign where we work to reduce the radiation doses on our pediatric patients.   


Fourth, the proverbial “difficult patient” is often brought up as a reason why a trainee won’t consider pediatrics.  In truth, most of our patients are wonderful, and pediatric radiology practices often have Child Life experts that help to calm our patients by explaining exams ahead of time in language that the patient can understand and sometimes even use simulators, such as for MRI.  They also use distracting techniques during the exams to keep them comfortable.  A pediatric hospital or wing also has the added benefit of making a fun, colorful, and upbeat work environment. 


Fifth, on call requirements for pediatric radiologists really depend on the practice and practice size.  Some groups have dedicated teleradiology coverage for pediatric studies overnight and are only on call for emergency procedures, others have dedicated in-house nighthawks that cover everything so there is no call, other groups may cover call from home and only come in for procedures, while others might share call with their adult subspecialist colleagues.  Just like adult practices, call structure in pediatrics varies greatly and shouldn’t serve as a deterrent. 


Another reason that pediatric radiology is a great career choice is that we get out of the reading room and interact with patients on a regular basis.  We even have the joy of seeing many of our patients grow up as they come back for imaging studies routinely.  Furthermore, pediatric radiologists have the pleasure of having a truly collegial relationship with our pediatric colleagues who often seek out our advice and expertise in cases. 


Pediatric radiology is also a subspecialty that women should strongly consider.  Unlike a number of other radiology subspecialties in which women only account for approximately one quarter of the workforce, nearly 50% of practicing pediatric radiologists are women, and that number continues to grow. 


In addition, trainees can join the Society for Pediatric Radiology for free.  There are ample opportunities within the society for mentorship, especially through the jSPR, a group dedicated to our trainees and young attendings.  Trainees can also get involved through committee work.  Many of our committees help shape practice guidelines and are involved in advocacy efforts. 


Another opportunity to get involved on the global level is through The World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI).  This organization represents an international consortium of pediatric radiology organizations that collaborate to reduce redundancy and share resources while addressing challenges of global access to appropriate imaging.  There are also training opportunities in pediatric radiology through observerships/fellowships in many countries as well as web-based free educational initiatives.  In these ways, the organization endeavors to increase the delivery of pediatric radiology imaging services across the globe. 


Personally, pediatric radiology has allowed me to work in diverse setting and with diverse job responsibilities. When I graduated from my fellowship, I started out in an academic practice setting because I have an interest in research and teaching.  My pediatric radiology colleagues and I served as important members of the pediatric care team.  We were often sought out to help review complex or challenging cases.  Currently, I am in a private practice setting through which I primarily provide teleradiology services.   In this setting, I get the added diversity of reading adult studies in addition to reading all imaging modalities for my pediatric patients.  I was given director responsibilities in both settings, adding to my career opportunities.  The collegiality in both academic and private practice settings is the same—the technologists, sonographers, nurses, pediatric specialty colleagues, and fellow pediatric radiologists all make for an amazing care team. 


I know that choosing pediatric radiology was the best decision I could have made.  I love my job and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I also know that through my work, I can make a real difference in a child’s life.  In that same regard, through our imaging of children, pediatric radiologists have an important role in impacting our future.


I highly encourage you to consider joining the rewarding and impactful career that is pediatric radiology.  Join us in Imaging the Future


If you would like more information, or would like to speak to me or another pediatric radiologist, please contact me at sfarmakis@radiax.com or the Society for Pediatric Radiology at spr@acr.org.  Additional information can also be found at https://www.pedrad.org/About-SPR/Career-Information/Info-for-Trainees




Update from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology 

University of California San Diego

The Academy is a non-profit advocacy organization located in Washington, DC, that unites imaging societies and academic radiology/imaging departments with the goal of securing federal investment for imaging research through education and advocacy.  The AAWR is a founding society of the Academy, which was established in 1995.  The Academy played a pivotal role in the establishment of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in 2000 and the Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (2016), and continues to raise awareness with policy makers about the importance and impact of biomedical imaging research.

I am fortunate to currently represent the AAWR as an Academy board member, following the admirable leadership of Dr. Etta Pisano, who is now an officer on the board.  I became involved with the organization in 2014, when the first group of early career investigators was invited to the annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase in the Senate for the Academy’s Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR).  The Academy sponsors this annual event, which brings together leaders in our industry, patient advocates, representatives from membership leading academic institutes and imaging societies, and promising early career researchers from membership academic programs and societies.  The experience was truly inspirational and eye opening. 

In 2014, the inaugural group of early career participants (small group of 10) spent our first day meeting leaders of NIH and the director of NIBIB at the time, Dr. Roderic Pettigrew.  That evening, we had an informal gathering where we met chairmen from at least 20 academic programs and leaders from industry.  The following day, the entire group of participants went to Capitol Hill together to advocate for more funding for NIH to our elected representatives.  The event concluded with a showcase in the Kennedy Room in one of the Senate buildings where the early career investigators, our academic leaders, and industry leaders showcased the latest and greatest radiology research had to offer!  The event included patient and patient advocate speakers reminding us why we all work so hard, with personal stories about how imaging technology impacted their care. This new understanding of the political system and its effects on NIH funding, as well as the incredible mentors I met in academia and industry, motivated me to ask Renee Cruea, the Executive Director of the Academy, to formalize the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI^2).  The group has grown, there are now more than 120 investigators who are part of this amazing powerful network.  Investigators can be nominated each year by departments and societies who are members of the Academy.

Beyond providing this opportunity for early career investigators, the Academy has a multitude of programs that assist researchers in the field to succeed.  They recognize Distinguished Investigators annually.  They assist in pairing mentors for those interested in similar research across institutes.  There is a plethora of resources on the website for researchers.  Multiple annual events promote engagement between industry, academia, and patient advocates.  In addition, they collaborate with the NIH to sponsor interesting workshops.  Often Academy representatives are invited to voice representative opinions and help formulate relevant policy.  The more I become involved, the more I learn about the incredible impact of the Academy, with constant fresh programming.  The Academy unites our voices and allows us to achieve our collective mission – to improve our field so that we can best help the patients we serve.




A Return to Care

It is crucial that radiologists help their referring clinicians reconnect with women ages 40 and older to schedule yearly mammograms postponed by the pandemic.

The impacts of COVID-19 on healthcare continue to evolve. As radiologists, we face unique opportunities — and challenges — as we work to prioritize safe and quality patient care while we navigate this pandemic.

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, most non-emergent healthcare was halted — including cancer screening. Unfortunately, cancer incidence does not stop with the pandemic. For some patients, skipping or postponing screening now could mean a delayed diagnosis, an increased cancer burden, and/or worse outcomes in the future.

It is estimated that more than 35,000 breast cancer diagnoses could be delayed and 5,200 more women may die in the U.S. over the next decade as a result of the spring to summer pause in screening due to COVID-19.1 American women were smart to “play it safe” during earliest phase of the pandemic — but now for women ages 40 and older, “playing it safe” means contacting their doctors about scheduling their yearly mammograms.

While we help our practices recover from the CDC-recommended shutdown, it is crucial that we also help our referring clinicians reconnect with women ages 40 and older and encourage them to schedule yearly mammograms postponed by the pandemic. Women ages 40 and older should weigh their individual risk, ask providers about their COVID-19 safety protocols prior to the appointment, follow staff instructions, and take common sense precautions during the visit (learn more). Not scheduling a mammogram now can allow breast cancers to advance — becoming less treatable and more deadly.

It is up to us, as radiologists, to support the lifesaving benefits of screening mammography. We must act together to help our mammography patients return to care.

By Dana H. Smetherman, MD, MPH, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Breast Imaging and chair of the department of radiology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans



1. Sharpless NE. COVID-19 and cancer. Science. 2020; 368 (6497)1290.


Reprinted with permission from the ACR Bulletin, October 2020. Click here to read online:











Webinar: Parenting During COVID-19

Jean M. Kunjummen, DO

Associate Professor, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Breast Imaging, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Webinar Moderator: Dr. Susan Ackerman, M.D., Chief, ACR Commission on Women

Webinar Sponsors: Dr. Johnson Lightfoote, Dr. Eric Rubin, Dr. Lucy Spalluto
Webinar Panelists: Dr. Sherry Wang, Dr. Elizabeth Arleo (2019 AAWR President), Dr. Lucy Spalluto (2020 AAWR President), Dr. Kurt Schoppe


The first speaker was Dr. Sherry Wang, who presented “This is not Working - Childcare and COVID-19.” Dr. Wang is an abdominal imaging specialist at the University of Utah.  She discussed the dilemma faced by parents when the volume of work increased during the recovery period of the pandemic, while at the same time dealing with closed schools and daycare. This situation has had a disproportionate negative impact on mothers compared to fathers. Mothers with younger children/elementary school age children were the most affected. Studies showed there was a significant decrease in time devoted to research by mothers, which subsequently has a negative impact on their career development. Solutions discussed, which may or may not work for each family, include having a stay-at-home parent, use of extended family members, nannies and au pairs, neighborhood pods, and institutional or departmental pods (consisting of tutors/babysitters). Dr. Wang also discussed how employers can help by acknowledging and addressing the issue, allowing work from home when possible, providing time support/flexible hours, and offering emergency childcare back-up programs. She emphasized that although there is no easy solution and change is not easy, solving the childcare dilemma is an investment in our future. She concluded by stating we should be empathetic, helpful, and kind.


The next speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Arleo, whose topic was “Diagnostic Radiology Lends Itself to Flexible Work Schedules: Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste.” Through the advent of PACS and teleradiology, radiologists can maintain a flexible schedule (nontraditional hours and/or location). This helps the radiologist to be a primary care giver for children and or elderly family members.  Four areas where radiologists can add value are clinical, education, research, and administration.  Dr. Arleo discussed how each of these factors can be achieved during a pandemic by working remotely and off hours.  Specific topics included maintaining revenue generation and lines of communication. Furthermore, education’s four different forms - clinical teaching, didactic teaching, mentorship, and teaching leadership roles - can be done from non-traditional locations and hours. Low clinical volumes initially during the pandemic gave more time for research. Lastly, new roles in administrative arenas can be performed remotely. She concluded by quoting Laura Van Der Kam, “remote and flexible work styles can be huge strategic advantages for those bold enough to seize them…results matter more than when and when work happens.”


This session was followed by Dr. Lucy Spalluto, who discussed productivity and promotion in a pandemic. She discussed multiple articles including one from Nature that showed academic work is incompatible with simultaneously caring for children, and another from Science that showed the pandemic hit scientist parents hard. Scientists who have children younger than five years old reported working 38% fewer research hours and ones with children less than 12 years old worked 32% fewer research hours. A survey conducted by McKinsey Associates during the pandemic showed that women with dependents reported decreased work effectiveness and decreased engagement/positive well-being compared to their male counterparts with dependents. Contributing factors included lost academic time, the shift to virtual environments, and massive increases in family care needs during the pandemic. These can affect work/life harmony and eventually cause burn out.  Dr. Spalluto concluded by stating that we as a community can work together to achieve some measure of parity by adopting certain practices, including creating a flexible work environment with transparency, open communications, and empathy for all.


The last speaker was Dr. Kurt Schoppe, who discussed personal economics during the pandemic. He stated that the financial impact during the pandemic resulted from many factors, including significant income change due to low volume of work. He discussed both short-term and long-term effects of the financial impacts on the radiologist. With children, economics become more complicated with childcare expenses, which in turn decreases productivity.  He emphasized that we cannot take care of others if we don’t  care for ourselves.  Dr. Schoppe concluded by stating even though the pandemic has been difficult, he encouraged audience members to find a suitable support network, to help embrace these difficulties, and know that we are not alone.





































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Webinar: Getting Things Done

Elainea Smith, MD

University of Alabama - Birmingham 



For the third and final installment of the Work-Life Harmony webinar series, Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo discussed “Getting Things Done” on October 15. Dr. Arleo is the immediate past president of AAWR and is an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. She specializes in Women’s Imaging and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical Imaging. In addition to all these responsibilities, Dr. Arleo is also a wife, mother to three children, and caregiving daughter of aging parents.


The webinar opened with the overall lesson: “Do not let perfect be the enemy of good.” Dr. Arleo states that although she strives for perfection in patient care, she has found it is often beneficial to strive for “good enough” in the remaining aspects of life.


She shared with us key resources she has used and philosophies she has implemented to get things done efficiently. The book resources she recommended were Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life, by Harry Kraemer; Getting Things Done, by David Allen; and works by Gretchen Rubin, including Better than Before and The Happiness Project with its companion daily gratitude journal.  She also described her own success with Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead as she walked through her year as 2019 AAWR president.


She recommended a popular organization app “ToDoIst”, which derives its key philosophy from David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, recommended above. Additional resources also included the podcasts “Best of Both Worlds” and “Before Breakfast” with Laura Vanderkam. 


She highlighted several of the most essential lessons she has taken from each of these resources, including her methods of sorting daily morning and evening tasks, weekly reorganization, and how she sets and reviews monthly and quarterly goals for both her personal life and career. She emphasized the importance of enjoying the process!


After Dr. Arleo’s excellent discussion on efficient organization, the webinar included a series of points of advice from leaders within the AAWR. Finally, the hour concluded with a Q&A session on more specific audience member concerns and how to implement Dr. Arleo’s strategies.


Overall, the hour was extremely enlightening with many useful, easy-to-implement day-to-day strategies on becoming more efficient and getting things done.




Who You Gonna Call? Mythbusters!

Authors: Abbey Goodyear, Amy Shah, Jiun-Yiing Hu


Despite equal gender representation in medical school classes, the proportion of women choosing to specialize in radiology remains low at 27 percent.1 Racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities are even further underrepresented in radiology, without significant increases in the percentages of radiology trainees over the past eight years.2,3 Closing the diversity gap is a multifaceted challenge that requires organizational change,4 an awareness of gender-specific barriers that are exacerbated in the setting of a global pandemic,5 and dynamic infrastructure for sponsorship and mentorship at all levels of training.6


Active recruitment and early engagement of promising medical students is especially important, as many medical students are not exposed to radiology as a career path until their clinical years, by which time many have already committed to a specialty.7 Former AAWR president Dr. Susan Ackerman stressed that the lack of exposure especially affects female medical students, who already don’t get the chance to see many female role models in radiology.8 The decline in both diagnostic and interventional radiology applicants in the 2020 Match further underscores the need to make the case for radiology and its suitability for all applicants.


The AAWR Medical Student Outreach subcommittee is attempting to tackle some of the misgivings medical students have about the field through their upcoming social media campaign, “AAWR Mythbusters.” Through addressing common myths in the field, particularly those that are perceived as deterrents to women and underrepresented minorities, we hope to attract a more diverse pool of qualified applicants to the field. Some examples of myths that will be addressed include radiation safety, community engagement, and the threat of artificial intelligence on job security. Through this campaign, we hope to highlight the attractive aspects of radiology and reaffirm radiology’s commitment to supporting females and underrepresented minorities.


One of the most common myths about radiology among medical students is that radiologists are anti-social. During the Halloween season, some might even call us vampires. However, the fact is, radiologists enjoy multidisciplinary conferences, and work closely with fellow clinicians, technicians, patients, and families to ensure that patients receive the care they need. Some reading rooms are even embedded within specialty clinics themselves. Swallow studies, lumbar punctures, breast biopsies, and esophagrams are only a few examples of procedures in which diagnostic radiologists have direct contact with patients. Interventional radiology offers the opportunity to do multiple, relatively short procedures every day that make a big difference in many patients’ lives.


Radiology is a varied field with seemingly infinite possible career trajectories, from women’s health issues to public policy, that would be enriched from an equally diverse workforce—one that has a finger on the pulse of the challenges faced by different populations in America. Through this mythbuster series and other AAWR Members-in-Training initiatives, we hope to slowly dismantle the barriers that limit the full potential of radiology. Stay tuned!



1.    Facts: Applicants, Matriculants, Enrollment, Graduates, MD/PhD, and Residency Applicants Data. Association of American Medical Colleges https://www.aamc.org/data-reports/students-residents/report/facts.

2.    Zavaletta, V. & Robbins, J. B. Gender Diversity in Radiology: It Is Not Just Black and White; It Is Multiple Shades of Gray. J. Am. Coll. Radiol. 16, 621–623 (2019).

3.    Chapman, C. H., Hwang, W.-T., Both, S., Thomas, C. R., Jr & Deville, C. Current status of diversity by race, Hispanic ethnicity, and sex in diagnostic radiology. Radiology 270, 232–240 (2014).

4.    Spalluto, L. B., Arleo, E. K., Lewis, M. C., Oates, M. E. & Macura, K. J. Addressing Needs of Women Radiologists: Opportunities for Practice Leaders to Facilitate Change. Radiographics 38, 1626–1637 (2018).

5.    Esfahani, S. A. et al. Challenges faced by women in radiology during the pandemic - A summary of the AAWR Women’s Caucus at the ACR 2020 annual meeting. Clin. Imaging 68, 291–294 (2020).

6.    Mentors Play Critical Role for Female, Minority Radiologists. Radiological Society of North America https://www.rsna.org/en/news/mentors-role-female-minority-radiologists.

7.    Dmytriw, A. A., Mok, P. S., Gorelik, N., Kavanaugh, J. & Brown, P. Radiology in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: Too Little, Too Late? Med Sci Educ 25, 223–227 (2015).

8.    Why Aren’t There More Female Radiologists? Diagnostic Imaging https://www.diagnosticimaging.com/view/why-arent-there-more-female-radiologists.


A little birdie told us…

 Check out some of the many accomplishments of our talented members that have been shared on #RadTwitter recently!


Yoshimi Anzai


Delivered the 5th Annual MGH Radiology Department Welcome Lecture focused on diversity and inclusion


Yoshimi Anzai


Received the 2020 RSNA Honored Educator Award


Cheri Canon


Elected President of SCARD


Ruth Carlos


Presented the 2020 Women in Radiology Lecture


Tara Catanzano


Promoted to Professor in the Department of Radiology at UMMS-Baystate --


Allison Chetlen


Published in Academic Radiology - Collaborative Learning in Radiology: From Peer Review to Peer Learning and Peer Coaching


Erin Cooke


Published in JACR: Branding your radiology residency and fellowship programs in the COVID-19 Era


Michelle Dorsey


Presented Grand Rounds at Phoenix VA Healthcare on Whole Health


Shadi Esfahani


Received the Roentgen Resident Research Award


Shadi Esfahani


Featured in Radiology Business article: How the radiology community can counter COVID-19’s outsized impact on female physicians


Lori Gettle


Published in Academic Radiology - Collaborative Learning in Radiology: From Peer Review to Peer Learning and Peer Coaching


Lauren Parks Golding


Published in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology – Clinical Decision Support: The Law, the Future, and the Role for Radiologists


Ami Gokli


Organized a multi-institutional curriculum for pediatric radiology fellows


Yasha Gupta


Featured as RADxx Member of the Month


Yasha Gupta


Published in JACR - Dear Medical Students: It’s Time to Join the #Twitterverse


Valerie Jackson


Retired as Executive Director of American Board of Radiology


Bonnie Joe


Published in Clinical Imaging: Performance of screening MRI in high risk patients at initial versus subsequent screen


Tabby Kennedy


Lectured on Head & Neck Manifestations of Systemic Disease at ASHNR20


Elizabeth Krupinski


Presented the SIIM20 Sam Dwyer Lecture: Imaging Informatics – Technology is Cool But What About the Users?


Fumiko Ladd Chino


Published in JAMA Oncology: Assessment of Parking Fees at National Cancer Institute–Designated Cancer Treatment Centers


Anna Lee


Published in JAMA Oncology: Assessment of Parking Fees at National Cancer Institute–Designated Cancer Treatment Centers


Teresa Martin-Carreras


Appointed Deputy Editor of the Journal of Radiology


Geraldine McGinty


Featured Panelist for RADAI tweet chat: Bias in AI and How to Mitigate It


Carolyn Meltzer


Honored at Atlanta Magazine’s 2020 Making a Mark Virtual Awards


Carolyn Meltzer


Featured Panelist in RSNA Town Hall Discussion: How COVID-19 Is Changing Private Radiology Practice


Amy Patel


Published in JACR - Dear Medical Students: It’s Time to Join the #Twitterverse


Amy Patel


Semifinalist for Aunt Minnie Most Effective Radiology Educator Award


Ashley Prosper


Interviewed for the inaugural RSNA Imaging Cancer Podcast


Ashley Prosper


Featured as Academic Radiology’s Imaging Innovator


Monica Sheth


Presented Health4theWorld Virtual Grand Rounds on Work Up of Palpable Breast Masses


Priscilla Slanetz


Awarded Alliance of Clinician-Educators in Radiology Achievement Award


Priscilla Slanetz


Published in JACR: Branding your radiology residency and fellowship programs in the COVID-19 Era


Nelly Tan


Promoted to Associate Professor at Mayo Clinic Radiology


Anna Trofimova


Published in JACR - Imaging Utilization in Children With Headaches: Current Status and Opportunities for Improvement


Stephanie Walker


Published in Radiologic Clinics - Update on Hereditary Renal Cancer and Imaging Implications


Sherry Wang


Published in Gastrointestinal Imaging - CT for Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Primer for Residents


Pamela Woodard


Featured lecturer at 46th Annual Pendergrass Symposium


Pamela Woodard


Semifinalist for Aunt Minnie Most Influential Radiology Researcher




We LOVE hearing about the triumphs of our members! If you know of an AAWR member who has done something awesome recently and we missed it, tweet us at @AAWR_org so we can all give them the props they deserve!






































































The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members who joined the Association since August 1, 2020:

Leen Abazid    
Alexandria Atkins    
Sarah Averill    
Amishi Bajaj    
Hassana Barazi    
Elizabeth Buss, MD
Courtney Byers    
Alexandra Cadena    
Grace Castelli    
Cindy Chew    
Sarah Crowley
Manish Dhyani    
Mary Dinh MD
Andrea Furlani, MD
Tarana Gill    
Patricia Hardenbergh    
Reham Haroun, MD
Stacey Jesser    
Sydney Jones    
Jenna Kahn    
Azka Khan    
Neha Khemani    
Tasnim Khessib  
Woo Ju Kim    
Nina  Kottler, MD
 Margaret Kozak    
Arun Kumar    
Ainsley MacLean    
Sarah Martaindale, MD
Aubrey McMillan    
Simona Morochnik  
Mimi Phan    
Wendy Qiu, MD
Abirami Rajasegaran    
Savannah Rana, MD
Olivia Richardson    
Mary Scanlon    
Lauren Shreve, MD
Elisabeth Sidden    
Bhanupriya Singh, MD
Catherine Song    
Sarah Stewart    
Marie Surovitsky, MD
Nicole Sztuk    
Jonelle Thomas, MD, MPH
Thao Truong    
Jennifer Yoon    
Beth Zigmund    


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