The official newsletter of the
American Association for Women Radiologists

April 2013 • Volume 33 • Number 2

From your 2013 AAWR President, Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates

For this column, I am wearing one of my other hats --- Chair of the Committee on Fellowship Credentials at the American College of Radiology (ACR).

ACR Fellowship is one of the most prestigious formal recognitions available to long-time ACR members and symbolizes exceptional achievements in the fields of radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, and medical physics. ACR Fellows have distinguished themselves through lifelong service to the ACR and to one or more of the following professional domains: organized radiology and/or organized medicine, teaching, research.

ACR Fellowship has been bestowed on only 10% of active ACR members. New Fellows are inducted during a formal cap-and-gown ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) in Washington, D.C.

At the present time, the ACR has 36,677 members of whom 7,880 (21%) are women. The total number of Fellows stands at 3,489 of whom only 372 (10%) have been women. How are women doing nowadays? Are we on par with our male colleagues? The below graphics show that the absolute and relative numbers of women who have achieved this honor have trended up in recent years. The majority practice diagnostic radiology, and approximately two-thirds practice in academic settings.

Current bylaws indicate that to be eligible for a Fellowship, one must be a member of the College for at least 10 consecutive years. Those interested in ACR Fellowship can apply now for consideration to receive the degree of FACR at the AMCLC in April 2014. For more information on ACR Fellowship, including the nomination criteria and application process, please visit the ACR website at

I encourage you to seek nomination if you believe you meet the criteria. Go for it!

Best regards,


Again? Another Article on Leaning In

Chelsea Pinnix M.D., Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Female radiation oncologists are accustomed to the male dominated landscape that exists in the profession. For many of us the concept of “Leaning In” that has been recently popularized by the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, is not a novel one. In her wildly popular book Sandberg examines the obstacles that women face in the workplace and provides a call to action for women to “sit at the table” and chase their professional dreams with vigor. She acknowledges that women are often penalized for being ambitious, often considered to be “too aggressive” or “intense”. Female physicians are all too familiar with this concept. In her book she writes:  “Professional ambition is expected of men but is optional — or worse, sometimes even a negative — for women. “She is very ambitious” is not a compliment in our culture. Aggressive and hard-charging women violate unwritten rules about acceptable social conduct. Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishment comes at a cost.”

As a field, medicine is evolving. In 2010-2011, 47% of first year medical students were women (1). Radiation Oncology continues to lag behind in regards to female representation in the field. In 2011 32.3% of Radiation Oncology residents were women; this is hardly in contrast to the 31.6% of female residents in 2001. (2) The statistics in academic medicine are more sobering. Women are over-represented in instructor positions and the minority in leadership positions. In 2009-2010 53% of instructors were women, while only 19% of full professors and 13% of department chairs were female (3).

What can we do address these disparities? Awareness is the first step in problem solving but certainly we have to do more than just write articles on the topic. The answer may be simpler than we think: go to lunch. Our 2013 AAWR president, Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates highlights on the AAWR website the disparities that exist in the radiologic specialties with nearly 50 % of medical school classes being comprised of women but only 25% of US Radiation Oncology applicants were female in 2012. She proposed that in response to this underrepresentation, women in our field take a female medical student to lunch. Lunch would be a vehicle to debunk the myths about radiation oncology while sharing personal experiences that could potentially impact the career path of a budding physician. In essence Sheryl Sandberg’s testimonial novel has provided her with the opportunity to take millions of women to lunch that she has never even met. Young women in Radiation Oncology need to hear about the triumphs and mistakes made by the few that successfully navigated the path to promotion- whether in an academic or non-academic setting. The gender disparity issue is clearly complex and multi-factorial, however learning about the personal experiences of the successful few is a great starting point to launching astounding careers for the up and coming. Our days are undoubtedly hectic, but no one can be too busy for lunch. We all have to eat.

  • Barbara Barzansky and Sylvia I. Etzel, Medical Schools in the United States, 2010-2011, JAMA, vol. 306, no. 9 (September 17, 2011). 2010-2011
  • Association of American Medical Colleges. Women in academic medicine statistics and medical school benchmarking, 2009-2010. Table 2: Distribution of residents by specialty, 2001 compared to 2011. Available at
  • Jennifer Leadley and Rae Anne Sloan, Women in U.S. Academic Medicine: Statistics and Benchmarking Report 2009-2010, Association of American Medical Colleges (2011)

Succeeding in Radiology Residency and Beyond (Part I)

Gayatri Joshi, MD
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC

Residency is an exciting time of growth and learning, filled with challenges and internal milestones, some of which are unique to each stage of residency. We asked some of the leaders within the radiology community about their thoughts and opinions regarding how to successfully transition into residency, prepare for the exam of the future, approach fellowship decisions, and secure the “right” first job. Take a look below to see what they had to say. And stay tuned for next quarter’s newsletter, where we will address the value of mentorship, strategies for networking, and pointers on how to maintain a healthy career-family balance.

1. What general advice can you give first year radiology residents to ensure successful residency training?




  1. What advice can you give for residents who are preparing for the radiology exam of the future? 


  1.   What are some important things to consider when deciding on which sub-specialty fellowship to pursue?


  1. What type of qualities and experience do you look for in a fellowship candidate in your sub-specialty?

  1. How did you decide on a career in academics or private practice, and what advice do you have for members-in- training who are deciding between a career in academics or private practice?



  1.  What do you feel are the biggest challenges when choosing the right first job? Are there any things that, in retrospect, you wish you had known or considered when making that important decision?



AAWR New Fellows Breakfast

Monday, May 6, 2013 • 7:00 - 8:00 AM
Columbia 7, 9 & 10 - Terrace Level

Update on the Commission for Women and Diversity, Katarzyna Macura, MD
Career development for women, Debra L. Monticciolo, MD



AAWR at SPR 2013

AAWR Lunch

Thursday, May 16, 2013 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration Information: Registration for this luncheon will be processed via the SPR Office. Click here to view the SPR Annual Meeting Brochure and access the registration form
Topic: Networking 101 – Traditional and Internet Based

Moderator: Lynn Fordham, MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Panelists Include: Dorothy Bulas, MD, Children’s National Medical Center
Sarah Sarvis Milla, MD, NYI Lagone Medical Center

The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members that joined the Association between 
February 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2013.

Medical Student - Gina Landinez
Resident - Lauren Tait, MD

The AAWR would like to thank the following people for their contribution to the Research and Education Foundation between February 1st, 2013 and March 31st, 2013.

Lorna Sohn Williams, MD

Kudos and Plaudits

The AAWR Congratulates Its Members for their Accomplishments and Accolades

AAWR would like to extend congratulations to the following AAWR members for their recent acknowledgements:

AAWR R&E Foundation's 2013 Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ARRS Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology

Rebecca Baggett, MD
Retrospective review of incidentally detected lesions in the contralateral breast on preoperative screening breast MRI performed for newly diagnosed breast cancer at one institution
Dr. Baggett is currently a fourth year radiology resident at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. She completed a Preliminary Medicine Intern Year at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria IL. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. During medical school and residency she has been an active member in the American Medical Association and the Illinois State Medical Society serving as a committee member and delegate. Next year she plans to complete an Oncologic Imaging Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

ARRS Distinguished Educator Award

Angelisa Paladin, MD was named the 2013 Recipient of the ARRS Distinguished Educator Award at the 2013 ARRS Annual Meeting.


Award Winning Exhibits at ARRS Meeting 2013

  • Dr. Erica Martin-Macintosh received a Bronze Award for her abstract Correlation of MRI With PET/CT Imaging for Dementia: The Strength of Multimodality Imaging
  • Dr. Sarah O'Connell received Magna Cum Laude for her abstract Digital Breast Tomosynthesis and Breast Cancer Visualization in High-Risk Women
  • Dr. Lauren Burns Ladd received a Certificate of Merit for How Hip Are You? Recognizing Adult Manifestations of Pediatric Hip Disorders

New Appointments

Feng Ming Spring Kong MD, PhD has been named Chair of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Georgia.

AAWR Awards

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

More information and required application materials for all awards can be found by clicking here

Research & Education Foundation Awards

AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Mid-Career Women Faculty
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentation in Radiation Oncology
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

Member-in-Training Awards for Outstanding RSNA Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2013

More information and required application materials for all awards can be found by clicking here

If you have not already done so, please access the AAWR website, and pay your membership dues today! In order to do so, you will need to log in as a member via the homepage of the site. If this will be the first time that you have accessed the new AAWR website, please note that your username is your e-mail address on file, and the password is aawr (all lowercase). Upon successful login, you will be asked to change your password for security purposes. Once you have done so, please select the teal ‘Renew’ link on the right-hand side of the screen, under the Membership Information section. Selecting this option will allow you to review and update your membership record, designate a donation amount to the R&E Foundation should you wish to give at this time, and pay your annual dues.

Members-in-Training (Residents, Fellows and Medical Students), while you are not assessed an annual dues fee, we do ask that if you have not already done so, then to please log in and renew your membership as well. Doing this will ensure that we have your current contact information on file, which is important to us. We value all of our members and appreciate your continued support! 

Visit the AAWR Bookstore and Support the AAWR!

Take a moment to visit the AAWR Bookstore at our website

Take a moment to visit the AAWR Bookstore at our website! The book selection is based on the Radiology Bibliography from the AAWR Survival Guide for Women Radiologists "The AAWR Pocket Mentor" and also includes authors who are AAWR members. Review the listing. If you find a title that is of interest to you, make the selection and you will be directed to the website to complete the purchase. For every book sold though a direct referral from the AAWR website, our association can earn up to 15% in referral fees with no extra cost to you.

The AAWR earns referral fees when a visitor follows a link from the AAWR website to and makes a purchase. Our referral is 5% of the sale price for most Product purchases, and 2.5% of the sale price for most Marketplace Product purchases. An individual item link to a book sold by and discounted 10-30% will earn a referral fee of 15% of the sale price if the purchase is a direct sale. A direct sale occurs when the customer adds the individually linked book from the AAWR Bookstore to her or his shopping cart immediately upon entering the site. If the customer searches before adding the title to her or his shopping cart, the sale is considered an indirect sale and earns a lower referral fee of 5% of the sale price. Additional qualifying items purchased during the same shopping session earn a referral fee of 5% (2.5% for qualifying Marketplace items).

Chief Editor
Susan Ackerman, MD

Marcia C. Javitt, MD, FACR

Associate Editors
Meghan Blake, MD
Margarita Racsa, MD, MPH

Administrative Editor
Michele Wittling