The American Board of Radiology (ABR or Board) is issuing a call for applications for the position of associate executive director for medical physics. This is a part-time position at the 50% level.
The American Board of Radiology is a not-for-profit incorporated entity that serves the public and the medical profession by certifying that its diplomates have acquired, demonstrated, and maintained a requisite standard of knowledge, skill, and understanding essential to the practice of diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, or medical physics. The Board is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as the principal body so authorized to certify professionals in these fields. It maintains a working relationship with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its Review Committees for Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Oncology, as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP), and interacts with ABMS boards, specialty and subspecialty societies, residency program directors, chairs of healthcare organization departments, diplomates of its board, candidates for ABR certification, and the radiologic community at large.
The ABR is governed by a nine-member Board of Governors, supported by a staff working in the Board office in Tucson, Arizona. The Board has issued more than 70,000 certificates since its incorporation in 1934. It currently certifies candidates in diagnostic radiology (DR), radiation oncology (RO), medical physics (MP), and interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR), as well as in the subspecialty fields of neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, nuclear radiology, pain medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Its certification process consists of Initial Certification exams and the process of Continuous Certification (also known as Maintenance of Certification or MOC).
The executive director (ED) supports the board members, assists the president of the Board to represent the Board in external matters, and oversees the operations of the staff and office, including the AEDs.
The associate executive director for medical physics (MP AED) reports to the Executive Director. He/she works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate and operationalize both the ABR strategic plan and policy decisions made by the Board of Governors. In doing so, the MP AED also works closely with the directors and other staff of the ABR. He/she also works with the AEDs for DR, RO, and IR to coordinate policy and the specifics of implementation across disciplines. The MP AED may participate as a recognized ABR leader and spokesperson at ABMS, at the annual meetings of major radiology societies, at ABR specialty society leadership meetings, and in other public forums. He/she also participates in ABR research activities and authors/co-authors ABR publications.
The MP AED oversees the implementation of the policies of the Board of Governors relative to the ABR’s mission, goals, objectives, and related policies. He/she plans programs and activities of the ABR and performs such other additional duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
The MP AED has the following responsibilities:
Assist the Executive Director, MP trustees, and ABR staff with the planning and conduct of all oral and computer-based exams in MP, including the Core and Certifying Exams and Continuous Certification Exams.
Attend and contribute to face-to-face meetings, conference calls, and webinars in support of the MP Certifying Exams and Continuous Certification Exams.
Assist the executive director and the division director of IT in the enhancement and implementation of web-based processes for volunteers, candidates, and diplomates.
Work with the executive director and division director of exam services on development, implementation, and monitoring of programs and processes encompassing all components of certification.
Assist the ABR staff and the executive director in review of applications and candidate or diplomate appeals.
Assist in the implementation and communication of decisions made by the Board of Governors.
Assist in decision-making regarding international medical graduate (IMG) candidates and other special pathways programs and participants.
Develop agendas for various meetings of the ABR Board of Trustees, particularly in the planning of the MP breakout meeting and others as determined by the executive director.
Function as an ex-officio member of ABR trustee committees.
With the other AEDs and ABR staff, share in the responsibility for taking minutes at the ABR Board of Trustees meetings.
Oversee, review, and work with other ABR staff on web content for MP.
Attend selective meetings (TBD) relevant both to MP and to the needs of the ABR, including ABMS.
Participate in forecasting projects, revenue, and expense.
Provide leadership in continuous quality improvement.
Balance time and energy between discipline responsibilities and overall ABR responsibilities.
Join with the AEDs for DR, IR, and RO as the lead staff in the volunteerism committee, with the goal to develop and maintain an expanded volunteer base to meet the challenges of organizational change and the ABR mission.
Join with the AEDs for DR, IR, and RO as lead staff in addressing ABR’s policies, e.g., for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) candidates, withdrawal of certification based on the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) licensure adverse actions, record retention, requests for case-by-case exceptions, and participation and compliance in Continuous Certification among other topics.
Work with the executive director to coordinate efforts in the development of "to do lists" after Board meetings and to implement decisions of the ABR Board of Governors.
Review agendas and participate in meetings of staff leadership regarding implementation of Board priorities.
Perform specific additional duties as assigned by the executive director.
It is expected that these activities will require approximately 50% time, and that of that time commitment, the MP AED will spend an appropriate amount of time (schedule to be developed jointly by the executive director and the MP AED) at the Board office in Tucson. The MP AED will also commit two days per quarter to meet with staff on operational issues and attend planning meetings with staff, the executive director, and the other AEDs.
Criteria and Competencies
Candidates will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:
Extensive experience as a medical physicist with an MP certification.
Current or former trustee of the ABR or extensive experience as an ABR volunteer preferred.
Track record of participation, timeliness, accomplishment, effectiveness, and collegiality.
Term: Candidates should anticipate providing a mutually agreed upon commitment for at least three years with annual renewable commitments.
Application Process: Interested parties should direct inquiries to the executive director. Formal application will be determined as follows:
Receipt of a written letter of intent with a request to be considered a candidate for the position. Any preconditions of confidentiality or process should be identified in this letter of intent.
Accompanying CV with the letter of intent.
Brief accompanying statement of rationale, motivation, and intent to serve (approximately 400 words maximum).
Contact information, including business and personal phone, email, mailing address, and preferred method for communication.
Parties interested in exploring candidacy for this position should contact the executive director by phone, email, or U.S. mail before March 15, 2020.
Valerie Jackson, MD Executive Director, American Board of Radiology 5441 E. Williams Circle Tucson, AZ 85711 520-790-2900 firstname.lastname@example.org
About The American Board of Radiology
The ABR is an independent, not-for-profit organization and is one of 24 national medical specialty boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). We were founded to protect the public by assessing and certifying doctors who meet specific educational, training, and professional requirements.
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