The official newsletter of the
American Association for Women Radiologists

February 2014 • Volume 34 • Number 2

From your 2014 AAWR President, Dr. Yoshimi Anzai

Dear AAWR Members,

Many people ask me “how do you do all the things you do and maintain your sanity?” Well, I do my best to remain rational at work, although that is not always the case at home.  My family knows that very well.  I am fortunate to have a supportive husband and an understanding teenage daughter.

Many women in our community feel similar. We experience pressure to perform at a higher level at work to produce more, and to increase our responsibilities while the demands of home and family weigh heavily on our minds.

With that in mind, I recommend a wonderful book for you to read, What works for Women at Work, by Joan C. William, who is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  This book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of working women. Based on interviews with 127 successful working-women, you may find messages that resonate with you. If you are feeling stressed, this book will certainly energize you and may provide you an “aha” moment.

Here are some highlights from her book:

  1.  Women have to prove it again and again – Simple fact is that the vast majority of executives are men, in medicine or outside of medicine. Men are judged by potentials and women are judged by accomplishments.
  2. Tightrope between “feminine, likable, but not respected” and “respected, but too masculine, aggressive, and not likable”. Women always have to find a right balance in order not to fall.
  3. Maternal Wall-  Women with children are seen as less competent or less committed. If you are a good mother, you are not good worker, or visa versa.

She also provides valuable advice:

  • Negotiate more
  • Stop whining
  • Say NO Strategically

Regarding negotiation, women are considered notoriously bad at negotiating. Successful women know how to negotiate. We will have a panel discussion on “Basic Skills of Negotiation for Women” at the AAWR-ARRS luncheon during the ARRS annual meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at noon in San Diego. If you plan to attend ARRS, please join us.  You may register through the AAWR website,

I wish all of you the best. We have had unusual harsh weather in some parts of the country and I hope you stay warm and safe.

Yoshimi Anzai
President of AAWR

From your 2014 Immediate-Past President

Dr. M. Elizabeth Oates, MD

2013 was a year of positive transition. We have painlessly adapted to new management by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and installed Michele Wittling as our Executive Director.

In my first column as the 2013 President, I advocated for the AAWR to endorse leadership for professional women as one of its top priorities. Of course, leadership takes many forms. It is difficult to tease out how many female radiologists and radiation oncologists are in leadership positions because there is no central database. However, the ACGME is a source of such data for departments with residency programs. Using that resource, we can quantify the relative distribution of women/men who serve as Department Chairs and Residency Program Directors in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology (Figs. 1-3).

During the 2013-2014 academic year, there are 185 ACGME-accredited Diagnostic Radiology and 88 Radiation Oncology residency programs (273 in all). It is indeed revealing that women are underrepresented to a strikingly similar degree in these respective leadership positions. Specifically, only 8-10% of Department Chairs and only 26-27% of Residency Program Directors are women (Figs. 1-3). Our specialties remain male-dominated.

Fortunately, leadership programs such as the ACR’s Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)’s Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM) are gaining traction. The AAWR embraces leadership opportunities and promotes women as professional leaders through its own educational programming, mentorship, and role modeling. To that end, the AAWR is proud to participate actively in the 2015 All Members ACR meeting.

The AAWR has an important mission. We need to communicate who we are and what we offer. What can each AAWR member do to advance professional women? 

  • Recruit other women to join the AAWR
  • Support the society by attending its events at various national meetings throughout the year
  • Mentor other women whether in your own practice or in the medical community at large

With Dr. Yoshimi Anzai now installed as President, 2014 promises to be another great year for the AAWR!

Best regards,




2013 AAWR R&E Foundation Mid-Career Award Recipient - Maria Spampinato, MD 

I would like to thank the American Association for Women Radiologists for the amazing opportunity to attend the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in December 2013. The target audiences of the seminar are women clinicians and scientists holding leadership positions within their departments or academic institutions. The goal of the seminar is to further enhance the skills and knowledge needed during the leadership development journey. Certain traits and personal characteristics are essential for an effective leader, for example, transparency, integrity, authenticity, responsibility, and vision. However, many of the skills necessary for effective leadership can be learned. The seminar gives plenty of opportunity to practice communication skills and leadership tools, such as conflict management, team-building skills, negotiation skills, building and managing relationships in an effective interactive format. There are many styles and paths to effective leadership because we all have our own personality, temperament, core values, and work styles. An effective leader brings to the table a unique blend of strengths and weaknesses but knows how to use this self-awareness to their advantage in team work dynamics. Leaders can achieve this by teaming up with individuals with different qualities and skills and adjusting communication styles to get their point across in team interactions. Another “pearl of leadership wisdom” is that successful leaders apply to management the same intellectual rigor and data-driven approach used in academic endeavors. This can be accomplished by doing your homework and understanding the relevant metric to achieve leadership and institutional goals. As a future leader it is important to thoroughly know your organization, including the institutional values, mission, people, and finances, to be able to create, influence and manage the institutional culture. I also learned that career advancement and academic success for midcareer women in medicine depends not only on skills and achievements but also on sponsorship, visibility and graceful self-promotion. A woman in medicine may be an accomplished academic physician, but doing her job and waiting to be recognized does not lead to academic success and career advancement. Presenting accomplishments with self-confidence and integrity is a necessary leadership skill. In addition to the excellent speakers, team work skills development opportunities, and “idea factories”, the seminar was very inspirational to me because I had the opportunity to meet and work closely with a group of very talented women in academic medicine. All the participants share the same hectic lifestyle, commitment to something bigger than oneself, and constant pursuit of work-life balance. Everyone took time out of their busy schedules for four days to focus on their career development. These women are the proof that it can be done. Every woman I met during the seminar was multitasking; whether it was providing service to the department, school of medicine, and professional societies, building a busy clinical practice, running a successful research lab, being a mentor to junior faculty and trainees, they were able to balance these duties with the responsibilities of having a family and a busy life outside of the hospital. In summary, the seminar is a great opportunity to refine key leadership qualities and has helped me to understand the role of midcareer women in academic medicine. “Leading from the middle” is a great opportunity to function as a system catalyst, to create collaborations and integrated teams, to bring out the genius in others, to promote a conscientious use of resources in order to move the organization toward its goals. Last piece of advice gathered at the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar: dress and view management issues two jobs ahead!



Monday, April 28, 2014 7:00 am

"Why I do it… join the party and bring a friend”.

Darlene Metter, MD FACR
Professor of Radiology and Family and Community Medicine

Getting involved in organizations like the AAWR and the ACR

AAWR at ARRS 2014

  May 7, 2014 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm

"Negotiation: How to get the job you really want"
Julia R. Fielding, MD


To be notified, click HERE

Call for Applications

  • AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Early-Career Faculty

    Submission Deadline: Feburary 15, 2014

    More information on the criteria and required application materials can be found here
  • Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ARRS Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology

    Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014

    More information on the criteria and required application materials can be found here
  • ASNR/ACR/AAWR Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award

    Submission Deadline: March 17, 2014

    More information on the criteria and required application materials will be posted on the AAWR website as it become available.  Check back soon.

Reminder - Pay Your 2014 Annual Membership Dues

2014 Annual dues are now due.

The AAWR is in the process of transferring the membership database and website to a new system.  To pay your dues, you may request an invoice by emailing or calling the society at (703) 476-7650.


send your membership dues on to:


AAWR – Membership
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Reston, VA 20191




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
Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD

Marcia C. Javitt, MD, FACR

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

Administrative Editor
Michele Wittling