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In order to become a member of the Radiological Society of New Jersey, you must first join the American College of Radiology.

To join the Radiological Society of New Jersey, go to the American College of Radiology or contact us for more information.

Why Join the ACR

The young radiologist just starting practice faces a bewildering array of state and national medical and radiological societies vying for his/her limited financial resources/potential dues. Filled with lots of esoteric knowledge and dozens of differential diagnoses (from studying for the boards), the new radiologist usually has little experience with the practice of medicine and no idea what individual societies do. Which ones to chose to join and why?

The established radiologist on the other hand often encounters the same dilemma for different reasons. Having joined multiple societies in an initial rush of enthusiasm, economic realities set in and he/she faces the difficult choice of pairing down the number to a manageable level. Which ones to chose to keep and why?

For the New Jersey radiologist, the answers to both questions are the Radiological Society of New Jersey (RSNJ) and its parent organization, the American College of Radiology (ACR). Hopefully, the benefits of participating in the RSNJ are apparent from the material contained on this website. The goals of the RSNJ are to:

  • Promote quality radiological services for patients in New Jersey
  • Maintain high ethical standards in the practice of radiology
  • Sponsor continuing education programs for physicians and technologists, and
  • Represent the radiological community with respect to regulatory, legislative, and socioeconomic health issues that arise in the state

The purpose of this section therefore is to extol the virtues of membership in the ACR, which mirrors the efforts of the RSNJ on the national level, and therefore is the single most important radiological society at the national level. Radiologists should bookmark their website at www.acr.org and visit this valuable resource frequently.

Structure

The ACR is comprised of 32,000 members including 75% of all board certified radiologists. The college is run by a staff of over 250 as well as 2,000 volunteers and has an annual budget in excess of $30 million. A Council of 264 members, 228 of which are elected at the state level governs the ACR. One councilor and alternate councilor are chosen for each 100 active members. The Board of Chancellors, comprised of up to 25 members, is responsible for carrying out the actions of the council through different committees and commissions.

Purpose & Function:

The American College of Radiology is the primary socio-economic organization for radiologists and has two fundamental purposes: Patient care and Radiologist Care.

I. Patient Care

The ACR has numerous programs, which foster high quality radiological patient-care, including:

     A. Accreditation programs

The ACR has developed 7 accreditation programs that have been recognized by the federal government for their excellence. The mammography accreditation program, originally developed in the late 1980's formed the basis of the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act in 1994.

     B. Standards

There are currently 95 practice standards establishing minimum level requirements for various radiographic examinations. These standards assure that imaging procedures, when performed, are of uniformly high diagnostic quality.

     C. Appropriateness Criteria

Appropriateness Criteria have been developed and extensively referenced for a variety of clinical scenarios to insure that the best test is done to make the diagnosis. This provides important guidance to payers for cost-effective radiological care.

     D. Educational Activities

         1. ACR Sponsored Symposium
         2. ACR Teaching File
         3. Texts
         4. In-Training examinations
         5. 7-Part Video Series on non-clinical skills

     E. State Chapter Meetings

A complete list of these activities with topics, dates, times, and locations can be found elsewhere on this site.

     F. Cancer Treatment Programs such as the National Cancer Institute sponsored programs:

         1. Patterns of Care Study
         2. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)

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