This time of year, we are especially thankful for the more than 1,200 volunteers who help fulfill our mission of certifying that diplomates demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skill, and understanding of their disciplines to the benefit of patients. The time and expertise they provide make our exams and assessments fair and valid for participants.
Last month, volunteers Pamela Propeck, MD; Paul J. Rochon, MD; and Catheryn Yashar, MD were selected to serve on the Board of Trustees (BOT). Here’s a little more about them:
A professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Propeck started as an ABR volunteer in 1998. She has written oral board gynecology questions for initial certification, and she served as an oral board examiner in the GYN section and as chair of the oral board committee. She also served on the MOC advisory board.
“The medical environment and medical technology have changed significantly since I started volunteering,” Dr. Propeck said. “It is important the ABR be proactive with these changes and continue to assist diplomates in demonstrating clinical competency as well as adopting new medical technology in order to provide excellent clinical care.”
Dr. Rochon is a vascular and interventional radiologist and is affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also an associate professor of radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has been an ABR volunteer for four years.
“My interest in becoming a trustee stems from my dedication to lifelong learning and working with a group of like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds,” Dr. Rochon said.
Chief of breast radiation services and a professor of radiation medicine and applied sciences at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Yashar also serves as chief of staff and associate chief medical officer at UCSD and has been an ABR volunteer since 2004.
“I find that working to craft a fair and representative exam serves the specialty and the trainees,” Dr. Yashar said. “That job done well brings great satisfaction. And, of course, as my peers predicted, there is great fun and satisfaction working with others in radiation oncology.”
We thank all our volunteers and look forward to working with them in 2021 and beyond.
More information on the new BOT members can be found on our website.