Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Through the support of the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the SAR strives to develop a diverse and inclusive Society where all members feel welcome and can access opportunities for career advancement and success, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, physical traits, disability, faith, religion, ethnicity, practice setting and all other identities represented by our society.

Mission Statement

To advocate for diversity, equity and inclusivity, and to promote accessibility of SAR resources and opportunities so that all SAR members, faculty and trainees can advance in their careers in research, education and service to the Society.

Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Chairs: Elizabeth Sadowski and Parvi Ramchandani

Senta Berggruen
Silvia Chang
Manjil Chatterji
Richard Do
Sharon D’Souza
Kathryn Fowler
Alice Fung
Akshya Gupta
Carla Harmath
Marta Heilbrun
Elaine Caoili
Steven Eberhardt
Ryan O’Malley

Priyanka Jha
Elena Korngold
Lori Mankowski Gettle
Liina Poder
Peter Poullos
Cynthia Santillan
Yasmeen Tandon
Kerry Thomas
Aran Toshav
Sherry Wang
Hanna Zafar

Career Development Resources
Leading Diverse Teams to Improve Patient Care
  • Articles
    • Campbell KM, Hudson BD, Tumin D. Releasing the Net to Promote Minority Faculty Success in Academic Medicine. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2020 Apr;7(2):202-206.
    • Kubik-Huch RA, Vilgrain V, Krestin GP, Reiser MF, Attenberger UI, Muellner AU, Hess CP, Hricak H. Women in radiology: gender diversity is not a metric-it is a tool for excellence. Eur Radiol. 2020;30(3):1644-1652.
    • Pandharipande PV, Mercaldo ND, Lietz AP, Seguin CL, Neal CD, Deville C, Parikh JR, Sadigh G, Sepulveda KA, Maturen KE, Cox J, Bansal S, Macura KJ, Donelan K. Identifying Barriers to Building a Diverse Physician Workforce: A National Survey of the ACR Membership. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Aug;16(8):1091-1101.
    • Kruskal JB, Patel AK, Levine D, Cannon CL, Macura KJ, Allen BJ, Meltzer C.  Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: A Summary of the 2017 Intersociety Summer Conference. JACR. 2018;15(5): 794.
    • Krishnaraj A, Pesch AJ. Navigating Generational Differences in Radiology. Radiographics. 2018 Oct;38(6):1672-1679.
    • Emery, C. R., D. Boatright, and K. Culbreath. 2018. Stat! An action plan for replacing the broken system of recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.31478/201809a
    • Gender Differences in the Impact of Leadership Styles on Subordinate Embeddedness and Job Satisfaction The Leadership Quarterly 2014; 25:4, 660-671
    • Hong L, Page SE. Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2004;101:16385
    • Cohen JJ, Gabriel BA, Terrell C. The case for diversity in the health care workforce. Health Aff (Millwood). 2002;21:90
  • Books
    • Be in Charge – A Leadership Manual by Alexander Marulis
    • Leading Change by John P. Kotter
  • Articles
    • Nair L, et al. Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019. PMID: 31333951
    • Roundtable on Health Literacy; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Health and Medicine Division; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and Language Access Services: Workshop Summary. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2016 Jul 14. PMID: 27441332.
    • Marrast, L.M., Zallman, L., Woolhandler, S., Bor, D.H., McCormick, D. Minority physicians’ role in the care of underserved patients: diversifying the physician workforce may be key in addressing health disparities. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174:289.
  • Curriculums and Courses
Diversity and Inclusion Resources and References
  • Articles
    • Kubik-Huch RA, Vilgrain V, Krestin GP, Reiser MF, Attenberger UI, Muellner AU, Hess CP, Hricak H. Women in radiology: gender diversity is not a metric-it is a tool for excellence. Eur Radiol. 2020;30(3):1644-1652.
    • Esfahani SA, Lee A, Hu JY, Kelly M, Magudia K, Everett C, Szabunio M, Ackerman S, Spalluto LB. Challenges faced by women in radiology during the pandemic – A summary of the AAWR Women’s Caucus at the ACR 2020 annual meeting. Clin Imaging. 2020;68:291-294.
    • Pandharipande PV, Mercaldo ND, Lietz AP, Seguin CL, Neal CD, Deville C, Parikh JR, Sadigh G, Sepulveda KA, Maturen KE, Cox J, Bansal S, Macura KJ, Donelan K. Identifying Barriers to Building a Diverse Physician Workforce: A National Survey of the ACR Membership. J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Aug;16(8):1091-1101.
    • Kruskal JB, Patel AK, Levine D, Cannon CL, Macura KJ, Allen BJ, Meltzer C.  Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: A Summary of the 2017 Intersociety Summer Conference. JACR. 2018;15(5): 794.
    • Carr PL, Raj A, Kaplan SE, Terrin N, Breeze JL, Freund KM. Gender Differences in Academic Medicine: Retention, Rank, and Leadership Comparisons From the National Faculty Survey. Acad Med. 2018 Nov;93(11):1694-1699.
    • Spalluto LB, Arleo EK, Lewis MC, Oates ME, Macura KJ. Addressing Needs of Women Radiologists: Opportunities for Practice Leaders to Facilitate Change. Radiographics. 2018;38(6):1626-1637.
    • Lightfoote, J.B., Deville, C., Ma, L.D. et al, Diversity, inclusion, and representation: it is time to act. JACR. 2016;13:1421.
    • Jagsi R, Guancial EA, Worobey CC, Henault LE, Chang Y, Starr R, Tarbell NJ, Hylek EM. The "gender gap" in authorship of academic medical literature–a 35-year perspective. N Engl J Med. 2006 20;355(3):281.
    • Rodriguez JE, Campbell KM, Fogarty JP, Williams RL. Underrepresented minority faculty in academic medicine: a systematic review of URM faculty development. Fam Med. 2014 Feb;46(2):100-4. Beech BM, Calles-Escandon J, Hairston KG, Langdon SE, Latham-Sadler BA, Bell RA. Mentoring programs for underrepresented minority faculty in academic medical centers: a systematic review of the literature. Acad Med. 2013 Apr;88(4):541-9.
    • Hong L, Page SE. Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2004;101:16385.
  • Books
  • Websites
How to Get Involved in SAR - FAQs

SAR has different membership categories available with specific requirements. Information on each type of membership, as well as the online application form, can be accessed at https://abdominalradiology.org/sar-subpages/membership/.

SAR sends a call for volunteers by email each year in the summer. All members are encouraged to apply. The current committees can be found on the SAR website: https://abdominalradiology.org/2020-202 1-sar-committees/

SAR emails a call for fellow nominations (you can self nominate) each year in the summer/fall. The bylaws govern who can become a fellow and this information is found here: https://abdominalradiology.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/sar_society_bylaws-march2020.pdf

SAR emails a call for abstract submission in late July and also puts this announcement on their website. The categories, criteria and instructions are included in the announcement. The submission deadline is in September or October for all abstracts except for the Power Science session, which is in early December.

The SAR puts out a call for workshop submissions in the spring, with submissions due in early summer. So, start thinking about what you might like to submit ahead of time by looking for gaps in the current annual meeting programming and thinking about interesting ways to share your areas of interest in abdominal imaging, abdominal intervention, leadership, diversity, finances, quality improvement – you name it! Also, if you are part of a DFP, work with other members of your group to come up with topics to share your expertise at the meeting.

You are welcome to reach out to anyone with shared interest to invite them to put together a workshop concept. If you do not have someone in mind, you may submit a workshop concept solo and you will be paired with another speaker with similar content by the SAR workshop coordinators. Workshops typically have two lecturers, who split the time equally.

Plenary sessions are organized by the incoming SAR President-Elect with input from the Annual Meeting Council Educational Program Committee. Plenary speakers are usually experts on a topic through their scholarly work and committee involvment. If you have a great idea for a plenary, you can reach out to a member on the education committee and pitch it! To find out who are members of the Educational Program Committee, go to the SAR website, under “About SAR”.

Volunteering to become a mentor or seeking a mentor can done through the RFS mentorship program. You can also connect with mentors by connecting with them at events such as the annual SAR meeting.

It is easy to get involved with many different rewarding opportunities including: (1) joining the early career committee to meet others active in SAR and in the same career stage, (2) joining a DFP/ETC to further common areas of interest, (3) write a proposal for a SAR annual meeting workshop, (4) submit a research or educational abstract, (5) volunteer for a committee.

There are three major grant opportunities available through SAR: 1) the Wylie J. Dodds Research Award for projects relevant to GI radiology; 2) the Morton A Bosniak Research Award intended for projects in GU; and 3) the Howard S. Stern Research Grant intended for innovative pilot projects in emerging areas that may not be suitable for traditional grant funding. Each of the three listed opportunities are open to any SAR member at any stage of their career (medical students, trainees or faculty). Applicants are asked to indicated a primary area of focus and submit a detailed proposal and budget. Annual deadlines for these opportunities are in December the year prior to funding. As there are many components to the application process, be sure to check the hyperlink well in advance of the deadline.

SAR leadership is open to your feedback! After each meeting you have the opportunity to evaluate the courses. This feedback is reviewed and incorporated to continually improve the society.

1. Become a member. 2. Participate in the meetings. 3. Network/get to know people. SAR leadership is incredibly friendly and approachable. 4. Volunteer for committees and actively participate in committee projects and events. 5. Become a fellow. 6. Express your interest in contributing and assuming leadership positions.

Make sure that you are getting the SAR informational emails. If you are uncertain, please contact admin@abdominalradiology.org. Make sure that they are on your “safe sender” list and not going to junk mail.

You can follow SAR on social media via Twitter @SocAbdRadiology and instagram socabdradiology.

Publish or present in your area of expertise so that you have a national reputation. Review the SAR website to review current list of active panels to contact active members or Panel Chairs to express interest in participating. Also, if an area of interest is not represented in a current DFP, contact the DFP Oversight Committee to propose a new DFP to address unmet needs in Abdominal Imaging.

The best way to meet other SAR members is by going to the annual SAR meeting. The other great way to meet our members is through social media!

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Cheri L. Canon, MD, FSAR
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