ACRs Radiology Leadership Institute determines core areas of study

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The Board of Directors of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) has established the RLI Common Body of Knowledge, which will serve as the foundation for radiology’s first professional development and leadership academy.

The RLI Common Body of Knowledge provides the framework for delivery of multi-level, in-depth instruction in a variety of leadership areas, including:

  • Finance and economics;
  • Ethics and professionalism;
  • Legal and regulatory;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Practice management;
  • Professional development; and
  • Service, quality and safety.

Each of the levels of instruction will place a particular emphasis on the areas of practice management, professional development and legal and regulatory issues. Competency in these areas is critical to leadership skill development, according to the ACR. There will be five levels of the RLI, with the fifth level being honorary.

“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, 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 healthcare reform, it is critical for them to obtain these leadership skills.”

The next step for the institute’s board of directors will be to work with faculty, ACR education department staff and other subject matter experts to develop an education curriculum.

The institute’s inaugural event is scheduled July 12 - 15, 2012, at Northwestern University’s Evanston, Ill. campus.