JOCELYN D. CHERTOFF, MD, MS
APDR PRESIDENT 2012-2013
2012-2013 was another exciting year for the organization with progress on many fronts. Our members and committees collaborated effectively with each other and with other key organizations and societies to create meaningful progress, and it was an honor to serve as President. The Spring Survey topics, which indicate topics of significant concern and interest to the membership, included the ABR Core exam and certifying exam, professionalism, the new ACGME requirement of a year of accredited US internship for IMG and DO radiology residency candidates, the new NRMP requirement of “all in or all out”, the “Next Accreditation System”, Milestones and the shrinking job market for radiologists. During the year, the ABR Core Exam and what was then being proposed as the IR/DR Dual Certificate were areas of strong interest and discussion.
Two new ad hoc committees were formed; the Milestones Committee, which worked to develop strategies to help program directors with implementation of the Milestones, and the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. The APDR Ethics and Professionalism committee’s first proposal was for a professionalism resources list with links on the APDR website.
Our committees made great strides in sharing the results of their work beyond the organization. The APDR Residency Structure Committee created a white paper on ‘The Next Accreditation System in Radiology”, which was subsequently published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (The Next Accreditation System in Radiology: A Report from the APDR Residency Structure Committee. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Apr;11(4):407-12). The Annual Survey Committee published their results in Academic Radiology (What Program Directors Think: Results of the 2011 Annual Survey of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology Academic Radiology. Acad Radiol 2012;19(12):1583-1588) and the Education Committee submitted a manuscript to Academic Radiology and began planning for a presentation on best practices for the core exam.
The APDR Board voted in favor of a new logo, the first step towards the creation and adoption of the organization’s current stylish, modern logo. I report this knowing that in 20 years the organization may laugh at that description! Dr. Michael Shortsleeve received the well-deserved 2013 Achievement award. Dr Don Flemming was nominated for the incoming finance committee member and Dr. Mark Mullins for Director at large.
We selected Dr. Kristen DeStigter and Dr. Janet Bailey as APDR representatives for the new AUR International Relations Committee, Dr. Anna Rozenshtein was nominated to the NRMP Board of Directors and the APDR endorsed the ACR/APDR/AMSER E-24 Project, a series of on line lectures directed at residents and fellows to improve and assess teaching of medical students, referencing E-24 the new LCME standard.
The APDR Board proposed an amendment to the bylaws for a member in training status and for free resident admission to the AUR meeting, and agreed to add residents to our committees. We also proposed closer oversight and mentorship of committee chairs to assess their progress and provide any necessary assistance.
Our 2013 Annual Meeting Program closely reflected the issues of concern to our members and included preparing residents for the Core Exam, Milestones, Updates and Innovations in IR Training, the ABR and RRC updates, Advances in Simulation, Innovative Tools for Education, the A3CR2/APDR Roundtable, , the SCARD/PDR session which included Chair/PD Alignment: Resourcing, Metrics and Goals, The Match and The APDR Survey, and Teaching the Teachers with a focus on teaching skills and strategies for the core exam .The Lucy Squires Keynote Address, given by Leslie Fall, MD, co-founder of in Time, Professor of Pediatrics at Geisel Medical School and an expert in curriculum development and evaluation in medical education. We started a new program of one-on-one Q & A sessions with the RRC, and held the first APDR/APDIR meeting.
There was a panel discussion on the roles and interrelationships of our professional organizations and how they impact Nuclear Medicine training with representatives from APDR, ACR, ABR, ABNM, SNMMI, ACGME American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Council for the Certification in Cardiovascular Imaging.
The APCR continued to grow and innovate with a strong mentoring program, an increase in TAGME Certification among the membership, a strong presence at the Annual Meeting with all presentations posted on the website, effective collaboration with APDR, particularly on the Program Directors Support Committee and a scholarship program with an award this year to Wendy Yoke Ping of National University Hospital in Singapore.
Finally, but importantly, APDR was fiscally sound with a strong, stable and enthusiastic membership.