Statement of Professionalism
by Cheri L. Canon, MD, ABR Governor2020;13(1):3
The American Board of Radiology’s mission is to certify that our diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients. Professionalism is inherent in the care of our patients. To ensure that a professional and inclusive environment exists within our organization as well as for our diplomates and candidates, the ABR supports the 2019 Intersociety Conference (ISC) Statement of Professionalism.
I was fortunate to be part of the ISC Executive Committee, which was established in 1979 and is staffed by the American College of Radiology. The ISC has a mission to “establish and promote communication among the leaders of national radiological societies and to provide them with open access to all the resources of the College through the committee.” The chair serves as an ombudsman for all radiologic organizations.
The ISC meets annually to discuss topics affecting all aspects of radiology, most recently including diversity and inclusion, burnout and wellness, and developing high-functioning teams. Conversations at the 2019 meeting emphasized the importance of professionalism and its foundation for an inclusive environment and physician well-being. I invite members of the House of Radiology to read the statement, posted on the ABR website.
The Statement of Professionalism reflects the ideology of the profession. We have a duty to uphold a culture of inclusiveness and safety across all radiological societies. It’s a responsibility we must take seriously.