Daily Bulletin 2015

Kirch to Highlight Critical Success Factors for Healthcare Leaders

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

RSNA welcomes Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges to the Arie Crown theater today to present a Special Lecture, "Radiology, Medicine, and Healthcare: Will Inaction or Innovation Determine Our Future?" Dr. Kirch's lecture is included in the RSNA 2015 Opening Session, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Today's political, economic and health realities present a significant opportunity to shape the U.S. healthcare system, says Dr. Kirch. He will explain how healthcare leaders can take that opportunity to provide better care at a reasonable cost.

A paradigm shift in healthcare delivery challenges physicians to provide new leadership while managing changing practices, he says. Clinical care in the 21st century requires a collaborative, team-based, service-based, mutually accountable and patient centered culture. Radiologists and their institutions will need to develop innovative and forward-thinking operating models for cost and quality performance to ensure sustainability over time. Successful physicians of tomorrow will become stewards and leaders of this transformation.

As AAMC president, Dr. Kirch speaks and publishes widely on the need for transformation in the nation's healthcare system and how academic medicine can lead that change. His present post followed six years as senior vice-president for health affairs, dean of the college of medicine and CEO of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University. Before that he held numerous positions at the Medical College of Georgia, including as dean of the medical school, senior vice-president for clinical activities and dean of the school of graduate studies.

Question of the Day:

What is a safe dose for a radiation worker's lens?

Tip of the day:

Marking the floor of fluoroscopy exam rooms can help keep staff aware of radiation, especially for personnel like speech pathologists who may be less aware of radiation dose regions than radiology personnel.

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