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E1804. Acronyms and Annual Fees: Understanding Organized Radiology
Authors
  1. Matthew Petterson; University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  2. Lori Mankowski Gettle; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Background
Organized medicine has become increasingly fragmented, with proliferation of professional societies and interdisciplinary interest groups related to each medical specialty, including radiology. Given limits on physician time and financial resources, awareness of the diverse array of groups with organized radiology with their differing missions, constituencies, and costs of membership is necessary.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
1. Enumerate the organizations responsible for board certification of physicians in the fields of diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine, with costs of initial certification and maintenance of certification. 2. Discuss the variety of professional specialty and subspecialty societies, with their varying scopes of membership and engagement efforts, and annual costs of membership.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
More than 40 professional organizations constitute organized radiology within the United States of America, including licensing bodies such as the American Board of Radiology, interdisciplinary organizations with goals related to physician advocacy, medical quality, and education such as the American College of Radiology and the American Roentgen Ray Society, as well as numerous subspecialty societies and interdisciplinary interest groups. Many of these groups hold annual meetings, publish peer-reviewed journals, and require annual membership dues. Radiologists who engage in maintenance of certification activities and hold membership in multiple multispecialty and subspecialty societies may be responsible for annual fees in excess of $3000 per year.

Conclusion
The plethora of groups within organized radiology creates opportunities for engagement and professional development for all diagnostic and interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. Understanding the diversity of these groups allows physicians to target their limited time and financial resources to the specific organizations with the greatest relevance to their practices and professional goals.