Welcome to the Residents and Fellows
section of the
Radiological Society of New Jersey
Who we are…
We are the New Jersey
chapter of the American College of Radiology- Resident and Fellow
Section (ACR-RFS). We represent radiology residents and fellows at the
bimonthly meetings held at the Hyatt Hotel in New Brunswick. We are also
sponsored by the RSNJ to attend the Annual Meeting and Chapter
Leadership Conference (AMCLC) in Washington D.C. Members of the RFS meet
to discuss issues that affect us as members in-training. Residents join
other ACR members from their states and lobby members of Congress on
Capitol Hill to discuss the specific legislative issues that affect us.
So what is the ACR and
how does the Residents and Fellows Section affect me?
The ACR is an organization
of individuals which represents over 34,000 radiologists, radiation
oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians,
and medical physicists, including approximately 5,000 residents and
The goal of the ACR is to
advocate for physicians on the political level in order to ensure that
we can provide the best care for our patients.
The ACR represents the
Congress and state
Federal and state
Medicare and 3rd party
National and local media
Some of the major issues the
ACR is currently tackling include:
The ACR is also a source for
continuing medical education.
Benefits of membership in
the ACR include:
Access to ACR Practice
Guidelines and Technical Standards
Access to ACR
Access to the ACR
Education Center and Learning Files online
Access to the ACR Career
Center where we can post our resumés and search for jobs
Subscription to ACR
publications (ACR Bulletin and JACR)
The Residents and Fellows
Section of the ACR:
Led by an Executive
Committee of 7 members in-training
Meets annually during
the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
Develops resources for
residents such as the ACR Learning Center and Fellowship Directory
Helps to educate
residents on the non-clinical aspects of radiology such as the
Business Concepts in Radiology, a Powerpoint-based lecture series
Below are some of the issues
discussed at our recent bimonthly RSNJ meetings:
Institute- an initiative by the ACR with the goal of providing
leadership training for radiologists by partnering with business
schools and MBA programs.
Current Legislative and
Bill HR 4302:
-- Requires HHS secretary to show data that supports the decision to
implement the 25% reduction in the professional component
-- Requires cuts greater than 20% to be phased in over a 2 year
period. We are advocating for a permanent fix to the Sustainable
Growth Rate formula.
CT Lung Cancer Screening:
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers on exchanges to reimburse
for preventative services given a rating of B or higher by the
Dense Breast Legislation:
Requires imaging centers in New Jersey to inform patients about the
density of their breasts and the resulting limits of mammography in
detecting lesions in dense breasts.
How can I get involved?
Become active in RSNJ,
attend the ACR AMCLC meeting in Washington D.C., and encourage other
like-minded residents to do the same.
It is a very exciting
time to be a radiology resident. There are many issues on the
political front that can be influenced by us and it is important
that we are aware of what is going on in Congress regarding our
As residents and fellows
who will soon be joining academic and private practices, we are the
ones who will be most affected tomorrow by the decisions being made
today. We feel that “getting involved” is more than just a
catchphrase as it compels us to gain a familiarity with the issues
at hand so that we can contribute to the discussions and legislation
affecting our chosen profession.
We strive to coordinate
our efforts with those of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
As residents and fellows, we enjoy complimentary membership in the
College and we are fortunate that the College has recognized the
unique status of members who are in training as long-term
stakeholders in the future of radiology. To that end, the ACR has
set up the Residents and Fellows Section (RFS) to give us a voice
and to serve as a platform for future membership in the college.
If you are interested in
learning more about the RSNJ or would like to attend a meeting,
please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always looking to meet
My contact information
is below. Send me an email so that we can discuss different ways for
you and your colleagues to learn and contribute!
Robert Azizi, MD
Rutgers-UMDNJ Radiology Residency program at Robert Wood Johnson
New Brunswick, New Jersey