Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI)?

Why did the American College of Radiology (ACR) create the RLI?

Who can participate?

Is ACR membership required to enroll?

Is an application required to participate in RLI activities?

Do I have to start at Level I or can I leverage previous education and professional experience to enroll at a higher level?

What documentation of credit equivalencies is required?

How do I move through the RLI levels (Levels I–IV)?

What kind of non-course activities are eligible for RLI credit?

How are RLI credit(s) for activities determined?

Do all RLI educational activities offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (i.e., CME credit), in addition to RLI credit(s)?

What kind of courses are offered?

What is the cost of RLI courses?

Where and how are RLI courses offered?

How does the RLI work with affiliates/alliances/partners?

What is the difference between the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) and the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM)?


What is the Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI)?

The RLI is an innovative leadership academy whose mission is to equip practicing and academic radiologists with critical leadership skills for advancing in practice and strengthening the radiology profession.

With innovative programming founded upon a stair-step learning approach, the RLI delivers advanced leadership courses designed for various levels of professional experience that build to a high proficiency of leadership acumen.

All RLI educational programming is grounded in the comprehensive RLI Common Body of Knowledge™ (RLI CBK), a unique learning approach based around 151 competencies most critical to radiology leadership success. Learn more about the RLI CBK »

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Why did the American College of Radiology (ACR) create the RLI?

In response to the many challenges facing radiology from many directions, the ACR recognized the growing need for specialized training to develop leaders who can navigate the increasingly dynamic health care landscape.

The RLI was created to satisfy the need for a professional development and leadership academy for radiologists and is dedicated to providing a robust curriculum relevant to all levels of radiology experience.

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Who can participate?

The multi-phase leadership education program is open to all radiology professionals in both academia and private practice, including diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, medical physicists, practice managers, radiologic technologists and radiation oncology nurses.

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Is ACR membership required to enroll?

Currently, ACR membership is not required to enroll in the RLI. However, ACR members receive a discount on RLI courses.

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Is an application required to participate in RLI activities?

No application is required to enter the RLI at Level I. However, all participants must enroll before registering for courses and earning RLI credit(s).

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Do I have to start at Level I or can I leverage previous educational and professional experience to enroll at a higher level?

The RLI recognizes there will be instances in which participants will have significant previous leadership education and experience. Upon enrolling, all participants are placed into Level I. However you are encouraged to complete a credit recognition form. The form is intended to serve as a mechanism to document prior education and experience relevant to the RLI CBK. After review, RLI staff will contact you to let you know what credit equivalencies have been earned.

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What documentation of credit equivalencies is required?

The credit recognition application allows participants to document prior learning and experience in areas of the RLI CBK associated with each level. Applicants are notified of their relevant credit equivalency pending a review of the submitted application.

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How do I move through the RLI levels (Levels I–IV)?

To achieve certificates for each level, RLI participants must earn the required number of RLI credit(s) at each level to advance to the next level. RLI credit(s) will be awarded for successful completion of all RLI coursework in addition to certain non-course activities aligned with the RLI CBK for which credit recognition is applicable.

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What kind of non-course activities are eligible for RLI credit?

Non-course activities that may qualify include serving on boards, mentoring, committee membership, holding an MBA, serving in elected office, etc.

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How are RLI credit(s) for activities determined?

The number of RLI credit(s) awarded for completion of an educational activity is based on the competencies covered in that activity. For example, if a particular one-hour activity covers a Level I mandatory competency, then one (1) RLI Level I mandatory credit will be awarded.

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Do all RLI educational activities offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (i.e., CME credit) in addition to RLI credit(s)?

All RLI educational activities (whether provided directly by RLI or by our affiliates) will be eligible for RLI credit(s). In addition, the RLI will seek to offer CME credit for RLI activities that meet the definition and eligibility criteria for CME certification.

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What kind of courses are offered?

RLI courses will combine best-of-breed content, faculty and technologies to deliver a high-quality, interactive learning experience. RLI activities utilize a blended approach, combining Web-based distance learning and live, face-to-face training. RLI courses include:

  • RLI live meetings and events
  • On-demand courses delivered through the On-demand Learning Portal
  • Leadership webinars hosted by renowned radiology, business and academic leaders
  • Cohort-based projects and online forums with practice-specific content
  • RLI sessions at ACR chapter meetings
  • RLI Annual Leadership Summit

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What is the cost of RLI courses?

Costs for RLI courses vary depending on provider, duration, location, format and other factors. ACR members and RLI affiliates receive special pricing for all RLI courses.

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Where and how are RLI courses offered?

RLI programming is provided using a blended approach that combines elements of web-based distance learning, face-to-face learning, team projects, case analysis and action learning.

Many on-site programs occur at convenient venues (such as ACR chapter meetings) that facilitate large-scale participation by radiologists and related professionals across the country.

See schedules and locations for currently available courses »

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How does the RLI work with affiliates/alliances/partners?

The RLI actively seeks formal partnerships with organizations whose content supports the RLI CBK. Such entities may include academic institutions, specialty radiology societies, radiology organizations, and other organizations involved with leadership education (e.g., physician entities involved with leadership educational activities). Educational activities from these organizations will be awarded RLI Credit based on the competencies covered. For example, if a particular one-hour activity covers a Level I mandatory competency, then one (1) RLI Level I mandatory credit will be awarded.

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What is the difference between the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) and the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM)?

The goals of the RLI and ARLM programs are very similar; however they differ in approach. The Radiology Leadership Institute, sponsored by the ACR, offers dedicated educational programming for interested parties and recognizes credit for programs offered by affiliate organizations and graduate business schools. The ARLM program is sponsored by a coalition of radiology organizations and builds on educational programs and resources available through multiple societies. Individuals are encouraged to pursue the approach that best meets their needs and preferences.

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