Associate Professor of Radiology
Greetings AAWR members,
I hope everyone is enjoying the passage into summer with excitement for spending more free time with family and friends.
AAWR has been diligently searching for the best possible new management company. We have spent many hours evaluating proposals and meeting with presenters from various companies. We should have this process completed in the next six to eight weeks. It has been our primary goal for the last six months.
We celebrated several accomplishments at the ACR meeting in Washington, D.C. One of those was an in-person meeting that was charged with lots of positive energy. Through the hard work of many, we saw the passage of Resolution 13, making 12 weeks of family leave the accepted goal for all radiology practices. We enjoyed seeing several of our members become fellows of the ACR at a beautiful and inspiring convocation. Our own Dr. Katarzyna Macura delivered a moving acceptance speech as she was honored with a Gold Medal Award for distinguished and extraordinary service to ACR. There was a “Power Hour” presentation given by Monica Wood describing “The Art of a Successful Resolution from Pitch to Policy.” It was extremely interesting and educational. The event was a huge success.
There is some great programming on the horizon. We have an upcoming webinar series designed by Dr. Tara Catanzano and Dr. Geraldine McGinty in a joint effort with Intellirad. This is the second series following one on “Financial Freedom” last year. This series of 10 webinars will focus on “Overcoming Mid- Career Stall.”
Some recent successes include an overall successful membership drive resulting in a slight increase from last year. We need to continue to be mindful of how to include more people and how to retain our current members. These goals could be met by our new collaboration with AMWA, and we are hopeful that new management can facilitate as well. Although the Foundation was not as financially robust as the last few years due to the struggling stock market, we had amazing financial success with the career center so far this year.
I will conclude on that high note and hope that it will carry us on to the next quarter.
Catherine J. Everett, MD, MBA, FACR
I know many of you are taking time off to travel and enjoy time with family and friends that you have been unable to do for more than two years. It’s great getting out again.
I will use this note today for an unabashed plug for Private Practice radiology. Members-in-training have wonderful exposure to the joys and satisfaction of Academic Practice during residency and fellowship.
There is an equally rewarding profession in Private Practice. If you haven’t taken the time, look on the AAWR website to read the bios and comments from some of our outstanding women radiologists in private practice. Many are in leadership positions both in their groups and in national organizations. Variety, Challenge, Leadership, Versatility are all part of the PP world.
And if you are a woman already in PP, let us hear from you, so we can feature you and your career.
(The wonderful bios of our PP women leaders could not have happened without the leadership of the fabulous Chelsea Schmitt and her medical student group. She is a rockstar!!)
Catherine J Everett MD MBA FACR
Board of Chancellors ACR
ACMO Radiology Partners
AAWR FALL AWARDS
Presented at AAWR's Year-End Members Meeting
DEADLINE: AUGUST 23, 2022
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, AAWR's highest honor, is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology.
The Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award, the AAWR’s second highest honor, recognizes the lifetime achievement and lasting contribution to radiology/radiation oncology and to the American Association for Women in Radiology.
The Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology recognizes outstanding contributions in clinical care and scholarship. Learn More and Apply
The Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology recognizes contributions to radiology or the AAWR, community involvement, service during residency, or research endeavors.
RESEARCH RECOGNITION AWARDS
Presented at AAWR's Year-End Members Meeting
MIT OUTSTANDING RSNA ABSTRACT
DEADLINE: AUGUST 23, 2022
The selected applicant will be presented with a monetary award of $100, an honorary certificate of recognition for professional development, and the abstract will be published on the AAWR website and Focus Newsletter. The applicant must be a fellow or resident who is the first author and presenter of the abstract accepted for scientific presentation at RNSA 2021, which will be held in person.
MIT OUTSTANDING ASTRO ABSTRACT
DEADLINE: AUGUST 23, 2022
The selected applicant will be presented with a monetary award of $100, an honorary certificate of recognition for professional development, and the abstract will be published on the AAWR website and Focus Newsletter. The applicant must be a fellow or resident who is the first author and presenter of the abstract accepted for scientific presentation at ASTRO 2021, which will be held in person.
Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH, FACR, FAAWR
Department of Radiology, University of Utah
Past President of AAWR
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the April AAWR Fireside Chat with Dr. Mary Mahoney, led by Dr. Jean Kunjummen.
As many of us know, Dr. Mahoney is the Chair of the Department of Radiology at Cincinnati University, the immediate past President of RSNA, and a member of the Board of Directors for the ABR.
Her interest in medicine began as a child when she saw various pictures by her father, who was a surgeon. But instead of surgery, Dr. Mahoney pursued her career in radiology. She described how she loves being in the field of radiology, where we touch on every aspect of medicine. In addition, she talked about how she enjoys being a breast imager, where they perform essential procedures and interact with patients. She also emphasized how influential her mentors were to her career.
Dr. Mahoney shared insightful wisdom and experience. The conversation between Dr. Kunjummen and Dr. Mahoney was very personable and relatable for everyone.
Several key messages that I gleaned from this webinar are:
She also talked about the work the SCARD is doing to address the gender pay gap and how she is approaching this challenging problem in her department. Since a higher proportion of women than men work part-time, this affects not only the base salary but also incentives that could be based on productivity and research or teaching activities. It is great to know that leaders like Dr. Mahoney are thoughtfully working to reduce the salary gap by gender.
Dr. Mahoney described another critical point. When negotiating compensation, there are other non-monetary factors, such as opportunities for faculty development, mentorship, the flexibility of work schedule, etc. Therefore, she said, "Don't be hung up on just dollars and cents!"
What makes Dr. Mahoney so special is that she has high EQ, that is, emotional intelligence.
She understands and articulates that people want to feel respected and valued. We all want to feel safe and support each other. Under such a supportive environment, we all perform better.
We need to stay away from the zero-sum game where someone is taking a bigger piece of the pie. Instead, we must elevate all of us.
It was lovely to see that several men tuned in to listen to Dr. Mahoney's Fireside talk. A total of 60 registrants attended the virtual event. Congratulations for being such an excellent ally to those men. We all need to work together to make our field stronger and more inclusive.
Lastly, a webinar like this makes AAWR so vital for all of us. After hearing her truly authentic conversation, I felt more uplifted and energized. We are so grateful that so many amazing women in our field have blazed the path for all of us to follow.
Susan Palasis, MD
1. What inspired you to become a Pediatric Neuroradiologist?
I took a long and winding road to my destination as a pediatric neuroradiologist. From early on in my training I knew I wanted to learn more about what goes on above the shoulders. My first encounter with neuroradiology was with the temporal bone. As I learned more about the head and neck, I was naturally drawn from the extracranial space to the intracranial space. To me, the brain is the most mysterious and fascinating organ of the body. Being able to look at the brain and its function with all the new imaging tools that technology kept offering was an exciting prospect, and this led me to the decision to become a neuroradiologist. During my fellowship I came to understand how complex the imaging interpretation of the pediatric brain is. Children have challenging pediatric specific neurological diseases. It’s necessary to know how to recognize normal maturational processes, understand how these affect disease states, and ultimately what the manifestations are on our imaging studies. Listening to the giants in the field of pediatric neuroradiology, Dr. Jim Barkovich, Dr. Bill Ball, Dr. Tom Naidich, and Dr. Bob Zimmerman, teach the nuances of pediatric neuroimaging was inspirational to me. My decision to pursue a dedicated fellowship in pediatric neuroradiology was effortless and it has been one of the best decisions I have made.
2. Can you tell us about your work with ASPNR?
The day I was nominated to join the executive committee of the ASPNR was one of the highlights of my career. I remember receiving the phone call from Dr. Dennis Shaw, the then ASPNR president, and I even remember the PACS station I was sitting at! This was a great honor and offered me an opportunity to contribute to pediatric neuroradiology in a different way that could be very impactful. I was always puzzled why a field as challenging, rapidly developing, and broad as pediatric neuroradiology did not have its own scientific meeting. That was one thing that I was determined to change. When I assumed the ASPNR presidency, I was able to do just that with the support of the society’s executive committee and the enthusiasm of all the society’s members. It has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career to see the pediatric neuroradiology community come together each year at the now established annual ASPNR scientific meetings to learn together, share expertise, provide mentorship, and have a great time! The 5th Annual ASPNR Meeting will be held January 13-15, 2023 in New Orleans!
3. What excites you most about your work?
Being able to provide an accurate diagnosis for the child, their family, and the clinician taking care of them is probably what is the most satisfying part of my work. Knowing how to utilize all the neuroimaging tools available to the end of making a correct and accurate diagnosis is what keeps it all interesting and challenging. What makes it exciting is when I’m able to teach the diagnostic process to a trainee and see the enthusiasm and understanding on their face.
4. What advice do you have for early career radiologists aspiring to go into a sub-specialized field like pediatric neuroradiology?
When the field of radiology was limited by the technology at the time and the breadth and depth of disease processes was not yet revealed by the advances in genetics, our scope of practice was naturally limited. That is not the case today. It is impossible to be an expert at everything with all the new advances and discoveries, and this is where the need to sub-specialize in radiology is something to consider. Sub-specialization in pediatric neuroradiology means there will be extra time and effort past initial fellowship training in pediatric radiology or neuroradiology. There is no substitute for spending dedicated time as a trainee gaining in depth knowledge in a particular area. Working under the oversight of trained experts and receiving daily instruction and constructive reviews are valuable in developing expertise. My advice is to invest the time into what gives you the most satisfaction in your work, and this in turn will give a better balance to you and your life down the road.
5. How do you see the field changing over the next decade?
AI and virtual work will be very impactful to our field. The traditional practice model of the radiologist is quickly changing. The increasing trend of incorporating AI into daily practice will improve our efficiency and accuracy. Radiologists will be able to soon peer closer and closer to the microstructural and molecular levels of the brain non-invasively. I can foresee a new specialty arising - radiological pathology!
AAWR's new spotlight series highlights some of our incredible members in private practice! Read about Dr. Kimberly Beavers in this issue!
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The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members who joined the Association since April 1, 2022 :
Chair, Newsletter Committee
AAWR Executive Director
Stephanie Huppert Hige