From the Board of Trustees

From the Board of Trustees

ABR Seeks New DR and MP Trustees for 2024-2027 Term

By Kalpana M. Kanal, PhD, and Stephen F. Simoneaux, MD, ABR Trustees; Matthew B. Podgorsak, PhD, ABR Board of Trustees Chair; Mary S. Newell, MD, ABR Associate Executive Director for Diagnostic Radiology; and Geoffrey S. Ibbott, PhD, ABR Associate Executive Director for Medical Physics

2023;16(6):5

By Kalpana M. Kanal, PhD, and Stephen F. Simoneaux, MD, ABR Trustees; Matthew B. Podgorsak, PhD, ABR Board of Trustees Chair; Mary S. Newell, MD, ABR Associate Executive Director for Diagnostic Radiology; and Geoffrey S. Ibbott, PhD, ABR Associate Executive Director for Medical Physics

The ABR is in the process of soliciting three new trustees. Members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) have specific specialty and subspecialty expertise, reflecting major areas of current clinical practice. The BOT consists of 20 trustees, 10 of whom specialize in diagnostic radiology, three in interventional radiology, three in medical physics, and four in radiation oncology.

Trustees play a crucial role in the decision-making processes of the Board, specifically related to the administration of exams. The trustees are responsible for advancing the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of the ABR’s exams for initial certification, subspecialty certification, and continuing certification across all disciplines of radiology and medical physics. The BOT makes recommendations to the Board of Governors regarding assessment structure including, but not limited to, exam format, content, assembly, delivery, scoring and feedback.

The trustees’ actions and decisions have a significant impact on ABR candidates and diplomates, as well as the broader field of radiology and medical physics. While the role requires a substantial time commitment, the potential rewards and satisfaction that come from making a positive impact on the organization and its stakeholders can be highly motivating for those who choose to serve as trustees. The initial term on the ABR BOT is three years, and trustees may be reappointed to serve for up to eight years.

Two new trustees are sought for diagnostic radiology: one in cardiothoracic radiology and one in nuclear radiology. A third trustee will be selected in nuclear medical physics. Professional societies such as the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and others are invited to nominate radiologists or medical physicists. Specialty societies are also solicited for nominees in areas where trustees are needed. Current or former ABR volunteers with subspecialty expertise in these areas are encouraged to consider self-nomination. If interested, please click here to submit your letter of interest and CV. Candidates from all types of practices, including private practice, community hospitals, and academic practices, are eligible. Participation in ABR’s Continuing Certification (formerly MOC) program is required. Those not currently enrolled in Continuing Certification must do so prior to beginning service.

The ABR trustee selection process is rigorous, and a candidate is expected to meet the high expectations necessary to support the ABR’s mission. Current or previous ABR volunteer service is essential to this selection process, and most trustees have professional leadership roles outside the ABR.

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