WSRS Annual Day of Advocacy 2023

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

8:30 – 4:00pm 

Registration is now open for the Annual Day of Advocacy in Olympia. This year, we will return to meeting in-person with legislators who represent the districts in which members live and practice.  Join colleagues from around the state to visit lawmakers in Olympia, advocate for important legislation and develop relationships with your representatives. Please consider participating to support WSRS efforts! 

Please register here, at docs.google.com no later than January 6th, 2023. 

If you have any questions or need help registering for our events, please send a note to Jena Rehm at jena@wsrs.org 

Join Us! Women in Radiology Winter Event

Sunday, December 11th, 2022

The Sorrento Hotel’s Penthouse

6:00 – 8:30pm 

Washington State Radiological Society cordially invites all women radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and members-in-training to attend our holiday-festive evening!  This will be an ideal opportunity to network and socialize with women who practice in a variety of settings and locations.  Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served in the winter festive Penthouse of the historic Sorrento Hotel.

We encourage you to extend our invitation to your fellow female radiologists. The more the merrier! 

Valet parking is included. If you wish to stay at the Sorrento Hotel overnight, please utilize the discounted room rate provided (available for both Saturday and Sunday night!):

Event Discount Hotel Sorrento Reservations.

Please register with the link below:

View the Invitation Here 

Register HERE

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Executive Director, Jena Rehm, at jena@wsrs.org 

Happy Holidays! 

Rachel Gerson, MD

WSRS Women & Diversity Chair 

Young Professionals Event

Calling members of the WSRS Young Professionals Section

Please join us for dinner in downtown Seattle!

Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm.

Columbia Tower Club

701 5th Ave 75th floor, Seattle, WA 98104

Featuring guest speaker Brian Torgerson,  certified financial planner with Raymond James, who will address topics on financial planning for early career radiologists.

RSVP by November 9th to Jena Rehm at jena@wsrs.org

WSRS Awarded ACR Chapter Grant!

 

WSRS is proud to announce that our chapter has been selected to receive a Chapter Grant from the ACR to support The Tunnel of Truth podcast!  This podcast, a project of Dr. Rachel Gerson, aims to capture the real lived experiences of women and people of diverse backgrounds in radiology.  This project’s focus is to shed light on ongoing challenges to diversity and equity in our profession, areas where we are succeeding, and ultimately have a positive impact on the care we provide to our patients. 

This grant provided by the American College of Radiology will allow the recording of several more episodes, which will share more lived experiences of radiologist minorities. 

The first three episodes are available on iTunes and Spotify. Please subscribe and share! Ratings and reviews are greatly appreciated. 

Apple Podcast  

Spotify

2022 Women in Radiology Mentorship Event

Presented by UW Women in Radiology and WSRS Women and Diversity Committee

Dear Women in Radiology, 

You are cordially invited to attend our annual spring mentoring event on Sunday, March 27, 2022!

We are excited to once again partner with the University of Washington to connect with women in radiology leaders in our community from various career backgrounds to discuss tips, insights, and obstacles. Please join us for this valuable opportunity to hear women in radiology speak about their careers and ask any questions you may have!  

This is the perfect opportunity to support our radiologists in training and young professionals, as well as enjoy time to connect with friends and colleagues. 

Our Panelists:

Dr. Kimberly Brockenbrough – Cardiovascular and Abdominal Radiologist at Cardia Vision, Bellevue WA

Dr. Christine Rehwald – Musculoskeletal Radiologist at UW, Seattle WA

Dr. Stephanie Schaub  Radiation Oncologist at UW, Seattle WA

Dr. Whitney Shofner-Michalsky – Interventional Radiologist at Boise Radiology Group, Boise ID

Dr. Sherry Wang– Abdominal Radiologist at University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT

Event Details:

Date: Sunday March 27, 2022

Time: 11 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)

Virtual via Zoom – Please register using the link below: 

https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcsd-qqpzIoGdL33xywhFLrH9xKEFZ4b8cP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please be sure to share with interested colleagues!

Thank you,
Rachel Gerson, MD
Chair, WSRS Women and Diversity Committee

Already RSVP’d? Please share with a colleague!

WSRS President’s Viewbox: February 2022

Dear Members,

Happy New Year!  A new year always brings the opportunity for a fresh start, something all of us desperately need.  This past year has seen many fits and starts, as the variants have gone through half of the Greek alphabet.  No one knows what the coming year will bring.  I’m sure we will all continue to face challenges from the virus, but radiologists have always been resilient.

One thing every January does bring is a new legislative session in Olympia.  As many of you know, state legislators only meet in Olympia for several months at the beginning of the year.  This leads to a mad rush to pass legislation…and a mad rush for your Washington State Radiological Society to figure out what bills other groups are trying to pass.  Thank goodness for our lobbyist Jim Hedrick!  He summarizes  in this newsletter some of the proposed bills that could have a profound impact on your practice.

With all of the state legislators gathered at the capital, your Washington State Radiological Society organizes an annual advocacy day to meet key members.  Despite the trepidation from a half-day of back-to-back Zoom meetings, several WSRS Board members persevered this year, and met with Rep. Eileen Cody, the chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, as well as Ms. Jane Beyer from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, discussing all things balance billing.  We also took the opportunity to meet our home representatives, keeping lines of communication open.  Hopefully, we can meet our representatives and senators in person next year, and I encourage all of you to join us.  No experience needed!  We will make sure to team you up with someone more experienced when you talk with your legislators.

Many of your WSRS Board members are also preparing for the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, that runs April 24-27.  Here we learn about multiple initiatives from the ACR, as well as challenges that radiologists in other states face (and often make their way to Washington State).  We also represent our state as multiple ACR resolutions are debated, and Practice Parameters get discussed.  While there, we take the opportunity to meet with our US Senators and Representatives, helping legislators understand the difficulties that radiologists face.

A new year always brings new challenges, but with them new opportunities.  Your WSRS is well-positioned for both.

Wishing you and your families all the best in 2022,

Sammy

MD, FRCPC, FACR
@SammyChuMD1
WSRS President, 2020-2022

WSRS President’s Viewbox: October 2021

Dear Members,

Congratulations are in order! Your Washington State Radiological Society would like to congratulate:

Dr. Puneet Bhargava (UW Medicine)
Dr. R. Brian Heathcock (Vantage Radiology)

for earning ACR Fellowship in 2022! We would also like to congratulate:

Dr. Teresa Chapman (Seattle Children’s & UW Medicine)

for being awarded ACR Fellowship in 2023! All three WSRS members have demonstrated a long history of service, teaching, and/or research. The FACR has only been awarded to 15% of ACR members, and is one of the highest honors that the ACR can bestow. We look forward to these radiologists being celebrated during the ACR Annual Meetings in 2022 and 2023!!

Speaking of meetings, I hope all of you are able to attend the (virtual) WSRS Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 13. In addition to annual updates from ACR leadership, we have a full schedule of fascinating talks on scope of practice challenges to radiology, diversity and allyship, balance billing legislation, and artificial intelligence. Our breakout radiation oncology session is back in the afternoon. And your WSRS will update you on how we have advocated for our specialty in the middle of a pandemic.  Don’t forget to register online before the meeting at https://wsrs.org/2021-annual-meeting-registration/.

As the windy, rainy weather sets in, the end of the year cannot be far behind.  Let’s hope that the new year brings better prospects for all of us.

Best Wishes,
Sammy

Sammy Chu, MD, FRCPC, FACR
@SammyChuMD1
WSRS President, 2020-2022