Whitney Palmer

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The Ethical Radiologist

Published on the March 18, 2015 DiagnosticImaging.com website

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By Whitney L.J. Howell

he bedrock code of being a physician and provider is to first, do no harm. Implied in that statement, industry experts said, is a requirement to always act in an ethical manner. It’s one of the easiest ways to safeguard patient safety and present the best quality care.

In radiology, abiding by the highest level of ethical behavior is a sure-fire way to show your colleagues and the health care community that they can have confidence in your work product.

“If you really care about the patient, really care about your colleagues and community, it will shine through,” said Richard Gunderman, MD, an Indiana-based radiologist who has written and published about radiology ethics. “We have an ethical responsibility to put the best interest of the patient above the hospital or health care system that might happen to employ us.”

The American College of Radiology (ACR) Ethics Committee serves as the industry’s highest ethical authority, and it routinely publishes guidelines and policies to help you navigate ethical situations. But, remembering and monitoring ethics at a more local, day-to-day level is also important.

To read the remainder of the article at its original location: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/ethical-radiologist

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Wanted: Radiology Resident Leaders

Published on the Nov. 26, 2012, DiagnosticImaging.com website

By Whitney L.J. Howell

CHICAGO — With challenges looming on nearly every front, radiology needs a new group of strong leaders to navigate the trials and strengthen the profession, industry experts said at this year’s RSNA annual meeting.

Given proper leadership training, current radiology residents are positioned to be the profession’s next generation of leaders. But their training — if not already underway — must begin now if they’re going to fill the current void in the industry, said Richard Gunderman, MD, professor and vice chair of radiology at the University of Indiana.

“There are lots of radiology departments in the United States that lack leadership. Many have titular leaders, but in fact, they’re not being led or they’re being led poorly,” he said. “A lot of capability of the faculty and resident is lying dormant, and people are becoming more disengaged and discouraged than invigorated and encouraged.”

He recommended that faculty engrain in their residents the importance of team work — group accomplishment over individual successes — and embrace a leadership model that encourages others to work to their potential and contribute to either their practice or department.

It’s also paramount, he said, to encourage residents to think creatively so they will be best prepared to tackle future roadblocks.

“The single most important aspect of our residents isn’t their technical skills or their cognitive knowledge base. It’s their imagination,” Gunderman said. “What are we doing to foster the development of imagination in this next generation of radiologists?”

And, that creativity and outside-the-box thinking will be vital to addressing the difficulties the industry already knows are coming. Declining reimbursement, a new payment model, decreasing case volume, and encroaching teleradiology companies are just a few of the changes that threaten to erode the influence radiology departments and practices currently enjoy, said Vijay Rao, MD, chair of radiology at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

Surviving these trials requires a cultural shift in priorities that must start with residents, she said. Rather than perpetuate the culture of entitlement that is pervasive in many corners of radiology, faculty and private practitioners should teach residents to focus on quality and putting the patient first.

“We need to cultivate professionalism and eradicate apathy in the profession,” she said. “We must focus on reducing or eliminating inappropriate studies and doing the right thing by the patient.”

To read the remainder of the article at its original location: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/conference-reports/rsna2012/content/article/113619/2116427

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