In her opening session address, RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., called on radiologists to focus on becoming bigger players in multidisciplinary teams that meet directly with patients as a way to demonstrate radiology's value to the public.
The call to get out of the reading room and meet more with patients is becoming urgent as many in the field perceive the lack of public understanding about what radiologists do as a factor in why this specialty has endured more reimbursement cuts than other specialties over the years.
In Donaldson's presentation "The Power of Partnership," she pointed to how tumor board participation has elevated the public's perception of oncologists and other medical specialties that are routinely represented in these conferences.
"While radiologists may feel they can't free up personnel to participate in every clinic, conference, and tumor board, they must do so," she urged. "To succeed in today's health care environment, we must be part of the team."
Donaldson spoke at the 8:30 a.m. Opening Session held in the in Arie Crown Theater. She dedicated the 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) program to the memory of David H. Hussey, M.D. (1937-2013), and Philip E.S. Palmer, M.D. (1921-2013).
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