ACR 2018: Your Story Goes Here
Submit an abstract to share your experiences with your radiology peers at ACR 2018.
She cautiously peered out from between the slats of the oak crate. Then she heard them: determined footsteps approaching her hiding spot. Had she dared to inhale, she would have smelled a mixture of ozone and the miasma of blood-soaked clothes worn by the one person who held the key to her past. As lightning flashed in the sky, the footsteps stopped. She counted to ten. Then the ground underneath her shook, the slats creaked, and the chain dangling between her neck and arms rattled, threatening to betray the orphan for the second time in less than an hour.
The footsteps started again, changing direction and fading quickly. She crawled out onto the pallet through a curtain of rainwater coming off the roof. The pick-up's owner hadn't returned yet. She slipped into the driver's seat and stared at the steering wheel. She was only one week away from her quinceanera. Her guardian had already promised her to take her to get her learner's permit. She bit her lip as the Chevy C-10 first lurched, then accelerated toward the distant ridge. "All I gotta do is just not get killed."
Sounds like the beginning of the opening scene of an eerie new streaming online show, no? Although I wrote it, I have no idea how this story continues or ends. I'm not a novelist or a screenwriter. Chances are, if you are a busy practicing radiologist, neither are you. But that doesn't mean you aren't busy writing all day long, and by writing, I mean dictating imaging reports. Although imaging reports don't quite resemble stories, they collectively constitute compelling narratives about health and illness that inform the non-interpretive work that radiologists engage in.
Whether you are in radiology leadership, or are passionate about health policy, or are keeping up on cutting-edge informatics advances, you aren't "just a radiologist." You are educators, training the radiologists of the future. You are invested in demonstrating the value of radiologists beyond their reports, participating in institutional tumor boards and other multidisciplinary programs. You are realizing a culture of quality and safety by optimizing radiation dosing, by implementing evidence-based guidelines, and by participating in data registries.
You have so many stories to tell. The ACR Annual Meeting provides you with an opportunity to share your experiences with your radiology peers across the country. And it's so easy to do. Take 10 minutes and write a draft document that is no more than 2,200 characters (including spaces) about something you have been working on or accomplished this year in one of five domains: Leadership; Quality and Safety; Informatics Innovation; Training and Education; or Advocacy, Economics, and Health Policy. (For comparison, my "opening scene" above is just shy of 1,100 characters and spaces.) Then, when you've transformed this draft into its final form, copy and paste that into the ACR Abstract submission site here. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2017. See you in Washington, DC, May 19–23, 2018, at the ACR Annual Meeting.*
Are you new to submitting your abstract to the ACR Annual Meeting and would like to see examples of prior submissions? Take a look at prior meeting abstracts and e-posters here.
*The ACR has slightly restructured the meeting format this year.