To cope with territory incursions, radiology must embrace its role as a clinical specialty, rather than solely a diagnostic one -- and radiologists need to commit to sticking together, said presenter Dr. Christian Loewe from the Medical University of Vienna. He spoke on the topic at ECR 2017 last week.
"We need a clear analysis of the specialty's strengths and weaknesses, and to keep in mind that we're radiologists first," he said. "Turf battles, both outside radiology and inside it, only weaken us."
8 ways to win turf battles
Radiology must find smart ways to deal with turf battles that do not involve fighting another specialty to the death -- a practice that can negatively affect patient care, according to Loewe. He offered eight proactive measures radiologists can take to ensure they are in their rightful place in the healthcare continuum:
What's the bottom line? Fights over territory incursions -- whether from inside or outside the specialty -- can negatively affect patient care.
"In the end, the most qualified person to perform a procedure or treatment should be the one responsible for doing it," he concluded. "So we should ensure that, in as many situations as possible, radiologists are the most qualified providers."
Quote from Jan the Third
"Be accessible. 'We have to shift from diagnostic radiology to clinical radiology, and take the lead as advocates for our patients," he said. "This will help us avoid being replaced by machines.'"
Agreed. What I'm wondering is: with the jam-packed daily workload of the radiologist, how will we find time to do this?