The Best of RSNA 2015

[vc_column width=”1/1″ fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px”]Perhaps the most exciting part of any RSNA meeting is the knowledge that is exchanged, and the hope for the future of imaging. This year at RSNA, we learned about everything from advancements in 3D printing to what methods of leadership are the most effective in the workplace. Here is a short overview of some of the many, many topics covered at RSNA 2015 in Chicago.

Radiology must ‘go boldly’ into its future

RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, M.D. opened the 2015 meeting with his President’s Address, “Going Boldly into Radiology’s Technological Future: Why Our Profession Must Embrace Innovation.” Dr Arenson states: “Technology won’t simply fall in our laps and create miracles. We have work to do if technology is going to meet its promise for the future—work that requires managing change as much as embracing it.”

Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), suggested that radiology offer leadership in healthcare reform through the following ways:

  • Shifting from the hierarchical, individualistic and competitive healthcare delivery to a new model that is collaborative, team-based, mutually accountable, and patient-centered.
  • Embracing a model of leadership that will support the aforementioned new culture.
  • Harnessing the power of teams (not committees).
  • Developing new care models, or integrating healthcare in the sense of redesigning payment models to be more preventative, rather than “rescue” care.
  • Realigning resources to support innovation, or analyzing your mission in healthcare and cutting activities that don’t support both your mission and your financial performance.
  • Rebuilding resilience in the face of change.
  • Recommitting to core ethical obligations: “Patient care is not about politics – it’s a matter of ethics… We need to remember our core principles: autonomy, justice, beneficence, and nonmaleficence,” Kirch said.

The Power of Data Analytics (from the Top 5 Trends from RSNA 2015 in Chicago)

Along with the transition from volume to value-based care, the importance of efficiency in data collection will continue to grow exponentially. Data analytics tools such as dashboards that provide an overview of basic statistics have proven useful, but according to many different scientific presentations at RSNA, there is even more value just waiting to be tapped from priors and radiology reports.

How to Make the Most of Radiology Training

Rachel Nelson, MD, senior radiology resident and former chief resident at the Medical University of South Carolina, shared advice for how residents can be the most successful and get the most out of their training.

Quick tip: Identify your personal learning style. When you begin residency, it’s probably been a little while since you’ve had to study intensely. Knowing (or identifying) the style in which your brain learns best can save you time and stress.

You can find more RSNA highlights here, on Aunt Minnie, or here on ITN. Did you love something you learned at RSNA? Let us know in the comments!

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