Radiology And He For She Movement
Last week I was fortunate to be included in the HeForShe Movement (http://www.heforshe.org/en) that will be highlighted during the 2017 American College of Radiology Annual Conference at the end of May in Washington D.C.
Dr. Amy Patel, along with several of her professional colleagues (Dr. Tirath Patel and Dr. Kristina Hoque) has done a majority of the work with the American College of Radiology in preparation. In addition, there has been tremendous support from various Radiology Leaders such as Dr. Geraldine McGinty and Dr. Jim Rawson.
He For She is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one-half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.
In the past 2 years, I have been thoroughly impressed by American College of Radiology, its leadership teams, and the membership.
I often hear from multiple colleagues, leaders, administrators, and other physicians that Radiologists prefer to sit in a dark room, look at a monitor, review images, and talk to themselves. Many times I hear ‘challenges’ to my “Step out of the dark and into the light” motto that Radiologists do not want to be in the limelight. Or that Radiologists are not good in front of large crowds, or reaching out to referring physicians, or spending time educating patients.
However, in that same amount of time, I have witnessed a massive movement within the College.
Last year Dr. Ruth Carlos held the first ever Hackathon. She challenged the way the general public, or patients, access peered reviewed medical journals such as the JACR.
Dr. Bruce Hillman decided to bring on two associate editors to the JACR journal, both of whom happen to be patient advocates.
Dr. Geraldine McGinty was the first woman elected as the ACR’s Vice Chair, Board of Chancellors.
Dr. Jim Rawson leads the Patient and Family Centered Care for the ACR. (#pfcc)
Now in 2017, the ACR is once again taking the lead and showing their support publicly for the equality of women in Radiology. They are performing this via social media with the hashtags #he4she during the annual meeting in Washington D.C. #ACR2017
They will have stickers, posters, image galleries, and photo opportunities.
The work is already being started by raising awareness. It is starting to see some traction in actions with the election of Dr. McGinty and the buy-in to the hackathon held by Dr. Carlos.
In my own experience, I have mostly only worked for women leaders. They have taught me the importance of listening, of believing in my voice, and in preparation. I have learned some of the best tools for creating strategic visions and being able to deliver them on a timely basis from these same leaders.
I have witnessed the mistreatment, the glass ceiling, and the sexual innuendos that many of the women I have worked with and for have had to overcome and endure.
As a minority myself, I empathize with the prejudgements that come along with gender bias. I support this movement wholeheartedly. I believe in it. It is our only path forward.
Quite honestly, I have the same feeling about gender equality as I do about patients.
Without patients, there is no healthcare.
Without women, there are no men.
We have a $3.2T healthcare crisis in the U.S. that has been led predominately by men. Perhaps it is time men stop and ask for directions. I believe many of our female leaders know where the destination is and how to get us there.
Perhaps working together, equally, with fair pay, advancements, and opportunities can accelerate our arrival.
Remember, there are two sides to the coin.
It is time to start calling heads and quite calling tails.
Together we are stronger.
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