RFS President’s Message

July 1, 2016

Welcome to the Massachusetts Radiological Society Resident and Fellow Section!

The Massachusetts Radiological Society (MRS) is the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is the primary organization representing the economic and professional practice issues of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Physics and the patients that we serve. As a MA resident or fellow in one of these specialties, you are automatically a member of the ACR and MRS-RFS without having to pay any dues.

The Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) of the ACR and MRS highlights and addresses issues that impact trainees in Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Physics. Whether it impacts your education, practice environment, or future as physicians, the RFS fights for you and makes sure that your voice is heard on both a state level and in DC. By speaking out on behalf of our profession and our patients, we will make our specialties stronger and improve our quality of care.

Due to the efforts of the ACR, there have been several recent legislative successes. These include the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, Medicare approval of CT lung cancer screening, and promotion of clinical decision support. At the state level, the MRS has successfully lobbied against legislation that would allow non-physicians to interpret imaging.

We encourage you to participate at both the state and national level and to attend the Annual American College of Radiology Conference in Washington D.C. (May 21-25th, 2017).  You can also get involved at the state level as a program liaison or member of the RFS executive committee. By being an active member in the RFS you will not only play a pivotal role in shaping our future, but also meet and network with friends, mentors, state and national leaders, co-workers and department chairs – all resources for future opportunities.

Stay tuned for some great upcoming events including the RFS Summer Social, Call Prep Session, and Career and Networking events. Please contact us at massradrfs@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.

Sishir Rao, MD
MRS-RFS President
PGY 5 Resident
Massachusetts General Hospital
srao@mgh.harvard.edu

Lauren Ferrara, MD
Past MRS-RFS President
Interventional Radiology Fellow
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
lauren.ferrara@yahoo.com