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When healthcare providers act in an unprofessional manner, it can have a negative impact on patient care. So what are leaders to do when they notice unprofessional behavior spreading throughout entire departments? The authors of a recent analysis in the Journal of the American College of Radiology noticed a brewing feud between their institution’s radiology and emergency medicine (EM) departments—and decided to do something about it.

A reality for today’s imaging leaders is that many radiologists experience burnout on the job and need help coping with such feelings in order to provide patients with the very best care possible. According to a new opinion piece published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, radiologists should look to the U.S. Marine Corps to better understand burnout and learn how to successfully manage it.

Compared to some other medical specialties, radiology continues to struggle with diversity. However, specialists, leaders, teachers and imaging societies throughout the United States are working hard to reverse that trend.

Hackathons are gaining popularity throughout the United States and can provide participants with a fun, competitive experience. Researchers from Yale University and the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, recently hosted a three-day radiology-specific hackathon, sharing their experience in a case study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

As the first female chief resident in an all-male program, Amy Patel, MD, breast radiologist at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor of radiology at Harvard University Medical School, knows a lot about the importance of diversity and inclusivity of women and minorities in radiology.

 

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What I Learned at Pearl Harbor

Curtis KauffmanAs a most tumultuous year comes to a close, let’s reflect a bit on what makes the people of the United States unique, what drives us toward achievement and success, and why the health-care institutions in this amazing country will continue to thrive—despite significant headwinds and uncertainty. Our cultural DNA is structured in a way that makes it certain that whatever it is that needs to get done, we will get it done.

Practicing Radiology in the 21st Century

There was a time, not long ago, when radiologists were either organized into private practices or employed by academic medical centers. Today, they have more options. Representatives of different practice models—from teleradiology to hospital employment to megapractice/multispecialty-practice membership—vary in their views of increasing service and performance demands (and their business, clinical, and lifestyle implications).

What Is a Radiology Practice?

Cheryl ProvalEvery year, when we produce the ranking of the nation’s largest private practices, we are reminded of the contributions that radiology makes—not just to the health of the nation, but also to its economy. For a number of reasons, the profession has fostered many large and exceedingly complex organizations that employ—in the case of Radiological Associates of Sacramento in California—up to 900 people.

The 100 Largest Private Radiology Practices

Welcome to the fifth annual radiology-group survey results. A different approach in gathering information was used this year. In the past, the survey was 100% based on submissions provided by the groups themselves. This year, the Radiology Business Journal staff researched the practice market and sought out large groups, asking them to submit information. Some entries were based on information taken from the groups’ websites. The results look complete and do represent the largest 100 radiology groups owned by radiologists in the country.

Monopoly Money

You know how good it feels. You finally did the right trade and now own Boardwalk and Park Place. Everyone who has the misfortune of landing on your block of expensive property pays through the roof, and you smile all the way to the bank. It is great fun owning a monopoly—unless, of course, you have those pesky regulators at your back, asking

The Culture Ultimatum

It is time for radiology-group culture to change. We need to counter our negative stereotype. More than once, television dramas have portrayed radiologists as pseudophysicians or weird technicians sitting in dark rooms drinking coffee, an upside-down chest radiograph in the background.

Who Crowned the Patient King? I suspect that physicians and other health-care providers who have dedicated their lives to health care find the whole patient-centered movement inherently irksome. Let’s face it: The movement implies that patients previously were not central enough to the work of caregivers. In fact, a case could be made that the exact opposite is true. Today,
The Hospital As a Business

The rhetoric has been pretty hot as the presidential candidates face off in the final sprint to the finish line. Much of the discussion concerns the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but no small amount of attention has also been paid to a debate about the respective roles of business and government, beyond health care, in the broader

Commodity Practice or Experience Monopoly?

Imagine that your practice has been barreling down the health-care highway for years. Now, though, there’s a T intersection straight ahead, with one route leading to completely commoditized health care and the other (the road far less traveled) leading to high-touch, high-quality care—to an experience monopoly. This is a monopoly in terms of the

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