By Pooja Voria, MD, MBA, President, WSRS
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
2018 has been off to a great start! We are more than half way into the state legislative session, which is only 8 weeks long this year. Although it is a short session, it has been packed with several bills that could affect us as radiologists, including balance billing, network adequacy, breast density, and tomosythesis coverage, just to name a few. On February 1st, radiologists from around the state attended our 5 th Annual Olympia Advocacy Day. Meeting with our legislators year after year gives us a voice and increases visibility for our profession. Thank you to our members, including residents and fellows, who participated in this important event.
We also kicked off the year with a Young and Early Career Professional Section (YPS) financial planning event on January 27th. We not only learned about planning our futures but also had a chance to network with other YPS members in the area.
On March 11th, we will co-host our first mentoring event for women residents and fellows. The WSRS Committee on Women and General Diversity has been working with the Women in Radiology group at the University of Washington to develop this program for women radiologists to mentor trainees. This is a wonderful opportunity for seasoned radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists to share experiences and wisdom with the younger generation. I hope to see many of you there.
Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in May is open! Please let our office know if you will be attending (as soon as possible), as we would like to include you in our various activities that we will have in Washington DC, such as our board dinner meeting and visits to congressional offices during the Day on the Hill.
Finally, do please save the date for our annual WSRS Meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the new Embassy Suites hotel near Century Link Stadium. More details will follow this year.
For those of you who are interested in improving your leadership skills, please remember that we offer scholarships to the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) programs. The RLI offers a variety of both in-person and distance-education courses to meet your needs. Additional course information can be found on their website: https://www.radiologyleaders.org/. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Debra Alderman, the WSRS executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events this year.
Pooja Voria, MD, MBA, President, WSRS