Course program

Thank you for attending Navigating Early Career Radiology: Skills for Success and Advancement. Registration for the course is closed. 

Set yourself up for success — spend two days in Nashville with leading radiologists examining challenges, common pitfalls and tips for advancement in the early stages of your career. Attend short interactive lectures, participate in small group discussions with other early-career professionals and learn best practices to boost your career in academic or private practice settings.

September 16-17
Nashville, USA

Learning objectives

  • Detail early career decisions that lead to future success and promotion along academic, private practice and non-traditional career pathways in radiology.
  • Identify how, as a learner, to transition from directed to self-directed learning and how, as a teacher, to implement best practices in radiology education, particularly for millennial learners.
  • Explain various ways early career radiologists can care for and advance the care of underserved populations.
  • Consider early career challenges, including heavy workload, burnout, adverse outcomes and transitions (both anticipated and unexpected) to avoid common pitfalls and to be best prepared when challenges arise.
  • Explain how innovative teaching methods and RSNA can be useful for career advancement.

Course program

Gain expert insight on topics such as communication, career development, leadership, finance, wellness, diversity, equity and inclusion. View the full course program below.

Sept. 16


One Main Plenary Room – Gibson Ballroom

8–8:10 a.m.


Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD; Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

8:10–9:45 a.m.

Career Choices

8:10–8:30 a.m.

Junior Faculty Promotion and Academic Pathways

Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PhD

8:30–8:50 a.m.

Early Career Decisions for Physician Scientists in Radiology

Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PhD

8:50–9:10 a.m.

Transitions Between Academics and Private Practice

Eric Rohren, MD, PhD

9:10–9:30 a.m.

Transitioning from Fellowship/Academics to Busy Private Practice

Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD

9:30–9:45 a.m.


9:45–10:15 a.m.  Networking break

10:15–11:30 a.m.

Wellness: Part One

10:15–10:35 a.m.

Science of Happiness and Microhabits for Physician Wellness

Aarti Sekhar, MD

10:35–10:55 a.m.

Microhabits for Lifelong Learning

Aarti Sekhar, MD

10:55–11:15 a.m.

Starting With Why and Then Getting Things Done

Aarti Sekhar, MD

11:15–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

*Lunch break (provided)

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

12:30–12:50 p.m.

Health Equity: Personal Path and Resources

Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH

12:50–1:10 p.m.

Taking Care of Underserved Populations: The Double Edge of Technology

Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PhD

1:10–1:30 p.m.

Gender Diversity/Women in Radiology

Courtney Tomblinson, MD

1:30–1:45 p.m.


1:45–3:05 p.m.


1:45–2:05 p.m.

Avoiding Cognitive Biases in Image Interpretation

Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

2:05–3:05 p.m.

Time Management Breakout Discussions

Time Management: RVU-Driven Practice/Private Practice
Eric Rohren, MD, PhD; Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD

Time Management: Academics/Research
Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS; Joseph R. Osborne, MD, PhD; Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH

Time Management: Academics/Education and Administration
Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD; Courtney Tomblinson, MD

3:05–3:35 p.m.

*Networking break

3:354:35 p.m.

How to Choose an AI Product You Can Trust

Eric Rohren, MD, PhD

4:35–5:35 p.m.

*Networking reception

Sept. 17


One Main Plenary Room – Gibson Ballroom

8–8:05 a.m.


Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD; Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

8:05–9:30 a.m.

The Modern Physician

8:05–8:45 a.m.

A Primer on Practice Models: Academics to Private Equity

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS; Eric Rohren, MD, PhD; Nisha Mehta, MD

8:45–9 a.m.

Physician Entrepreneurship/Innovation

Nisha Mehta, MD

9–9:15 a.m.

Non-Traditional Career Paths

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS

9:15–9:30 a.m.


9:30–10:45 a.m.


9:30–9:50 a.m.

Best Practices for Educating Millennials

Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

9:50–10:10 a.m.

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

10:10–10:30 a.m.

Perspectives of Lifelong Learning
Panel discussion

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS; Eric Rohren, MD, PhD; Nisha Mehta, MD

10:30–10:45 a.m.


10:45–11:15 a.m.

*Networking break

11:15 a.m. –12:50 p.m.

*Finances for the Busy Radiologist

11:1511:35 a.m.

*Financial Planning 101: Checklist and Timeline

Joshua Gilliam

11:3511:55 a.m.

*Financial Decision-Making Tool
Demo of Private Practice vs. Academic Position

Joshua Gilliam

  11:5512:15 a.m. *Primer on Life and Disability Joshua Gilliam

12:1512:35 p.m.

*Contract Negotiation

Nisha Mehta, MD

12:3512:50 p.m.


12:50–2:05 p.m.

*Lunch break (provided)

2:05–3:00 p.m.

Wellness: Part Two

2:052:25 p.m.

Adverse Outcomes and Self Forgiveness

Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD

2:252:45 p.m.

Recognizing and Managing Physician Burnout
Panel discussion

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS

2:453 p.m.


3–4 p.m.


3–3:15 p.m.

Leadership Development in Private Practice

Eric Rohren, MD, PhD

3:15–3:30 p.m.

Leadership Development in Academics

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS

3:30–3:45 p.m.

How RSNA Can Help Advance Your Career
Panel discussion

Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS; Katharine Lampen-Sachar, MD

3:45–4 p.m.


4–4:55 p.m.

Round-Table Discussions

Social Media or the Physician Public Relations Problem
Nisha Mehta, MD

Do I Want to be a Residency/Fellowship Program Director?
Andrew D. Schweitzer, MD

Questions and Career Advice
Eric Rohren, MD, PhD; Jocelyn Chertoff, MD, MS

4:55–5:05 p.m.

Course adjourns
Closing statements from course directors

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ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The RSNA designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*This session has not been designated for continuing education credit.

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