Be the One to Improve Your Radiology Practice

Be the One to Improve Your Radiology Practice

Frustrated with common departmental problems? Let us help.

Medical imaging in the Canadian healthcare environment has never been more challenging than it is right now. Yet Radiologists are often so busy keeping up with medical and technical advances, that there is little time left to spend learning the vitally important business and leadership side of the profession.

In its recently published white paper “Accepting our responsibility: a blueprint for physician leadership in transforming Canada’s healthcare system,” the Canadian Society for Physician Leaders (CSPL) outlines the need to involve physicians in the planning process and implementation of healthcare reforms. It further emphasizes that healthcare organizations and systems work more effectively when physicians are part of the leadership team.

This study supports feedback we’ve received from our members and the radiology community at large. Recognizing the need for leadership training, the CAR, the Canadian Radiological Foundation and UBC Sauder have come together to develop the Leadership in Radiology - Optimizing Your Practice's Efficiency, a workshop designed specifically for radiologists within the Canadian context. It will help to develop practical real-life skills and address common questions such as:

  • How can I increase ultrasound, CT and MRI throughput and maintain quality?
  • What is the best way to incorporate the inevitable no-shows in patient scheduling?
  • How do I decide when patient volumes mandate adding an additional ultrasound machine to my clinic, without a decrease in net financial return?
  • The wait times for MRI are out of control in my facility. What business practices can I learn to decrease the impact on patients and my practice?
  • 24/7 on site reporting at my facility is breathing down my neck. How do I react to medical administration and my colleagues, and how do I lead my group and staff in the right direction to make this happen?
  • I feel overwhelmed when I try to advocate with health care leaders. What strategies and skills can I acquire to better my chances of success?

This workshop is presented in a transformative, interactive fashion by global leaders who have experienced the Canadian radiology setting, and have proven solutions for operations efficiency and medical leadership. Packaged over an efficient one and a half days, on April 18 and 19, 2017, the workshop conveniently takes place immediately prior to the CAR Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, making it a great additional opportunity for to those attending the ASM. This course is fundamentally important for Canadian radiologists in 2017, no matter the stage of their career or the nature of their practice.

For more information, or to register for this course, click here.

CAR/CRF Leadership Scholarships

The CAR and CRF would like to congratulate the following recipients of the CAR/CRF Leadership Scholarships:

Kirsteen Burton, MD, MBA, PGY-4
Dr. Kirsteen Burton is a fourth-year radiology resident at the University of Toronto. Prior to residency, she completed an MD at the University of Calgary, an MSc (epidemiology) at the University of Toronto, and an MBA at Queen’s University. Dr. Burton’s current clinical interests are abdominal and fetal imaging; her research methodology interests are in systematic reviews, meta-analysis and health services outcomes. Beyond professional activities, Dr. Burton enjoys playing squash, experiencing the world by bicycle, and cooking for family and friends.

Faisal Khosa, MD, MBA
Dr. Faisal Khosa is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia. Dr. Khosa has been awarded numerous educational, clinical service and research awards, including the American Roentgen Ray Scholarship (2013-2016), the One in One Hundred Mentor Award (2014) and the Outstanding Young Investigator Award in USA (2015). He received the "Medal of Excellence" (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) from the Government of Pakistan and The College of Physicians and Surgeons Award for 15 years of “Outstanding Service to Medicine” in Pakistan.

Dr. Khosa is Board certified in radiology in the USA, Canada and Europe and has completed extensive training in radiology, including a residency in diagnostic radiology in Ireland. He completed the IMG Alternate Pathway – Diagnostic Radiology Certification for the USA and Canada, which included: clinical fellowships in oncoradiology, cardiovascular imaging, emergency radiology, body MRI and neuroradiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School. He subsequently received a scholarship for an MBA in which he opted for Leadership as his major.

Carlos Torres MD, FRCPC
Dr. Carlos Torres has been an associate professor of radiology at The University of Ottawa and a staff neuroradiologist at The Ottawa Hospital since 2008. Dr. Torres completed a two-year neuroradiology fellowship at McGill University in Montreal before joining the Department of Diagnostic Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa.

From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Torres was the Director of the Royal College Accredited Neuroradiology Fellowship Program. He has been the director and co-director of more than a dozen CME Courses in Europe, North America and Latin America and he is currently the chair of the International Scientific Committee for the Ibero Latin American Society of Neuroradiology (SILAN).

Dr. Torres lectures extensively nationally and internationally and has been invited to speak at meetings held by the RSNA, CAR, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Society of Neuroradiology, the American Society of Spine Radiology, American Society of Emergency Radiology and The Eastern Neuroradiological Society. He is an International Visiting Professor for RSNA and for the Inter American College of Radiology (CIR). He has been Visiting Professor in different academic centres in Canada and abroad including Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Chile, Bhutan, China and Mongolia.

Dr. Torres is actively involved in medical education and research. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications and has written ten book chapters. He is Associate Editor of the journal 3D Printing in Medicine and a member of the Editorial Board of the RSNA Daily Bulletin.


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