Radiology Leadership Institute Announces Framework for Instruction

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Laying the foundation for radiology’s first professional development and leadership academy, the Radiology Leadership Institute ™ (RLI) of the American College of Radiology (ACR) today announced that it has established the RLI Common Body of Knowledge™ (CBK). The RLI CBK provides the framework for delivery of multi-level, in-depth instruction in critical leadership areas, including finance and economics; legal and regulatory; strategic planning; practice management; professional development; and service, quality, and safety.

Each level of instruction will place a particular emphasis on the areas of practice management, professional development, and legal and regulatory issues.

“Traditionally, it has been the best clinicians that have risen through the leadership ranks looking to on-the-job experience to gain knowledge in the non-clinical areas,” Cynthia S. Sherry, MD, FACR, medical director of RLI and chair of the ACR Commission on Leadership and Practice Development, said in a statement. “Now, the system is less accommodating. The business of medicine has become much more complex and demanding, and the system has higher expectations of physician leaders, including radiologists. If radiologists are to play a meaningful part in the rollout of health care reform, it is critical for them to obtain these leadership skills.”

With the completion of the RLI CBK, the RLI Board of Directors will continue to work closely with RLI faculty, ACR education department staff, and other subject matter experts in developing a robust RLI education curriculum.

The RLI's inaugural event will take place from July 12 through July 15, 2012, at Northwestern University’s Evanston, Ill., campus.