RLI Annual Event

RLI Annual Event • July 25 - 28, 2013 • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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Earn up to 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Plus, earn RLI Credits.

All-new RLI-Kellogg Leadership Development Program

Based on the feedback from participants in the RLI Inaugural Event and RLI enrollees, we have developed a program with content and training even more catered to your needs.

For this year’s program, the RLI has carefully selected leading radiology professionals to collaborate with the Kellogg faculty to produce an educational event focused on the implementation of best business practices in a radiology environment.

This year the program will focus on helping you:

  • Increase operational performance
  • Create and manage strategic alliances
  • Effectively negotiate timely and productive agreements
  • Manage conflict, deal with uncertainty and create opportunities for improvement

Tom Daschle


"Getting It Done: What's Next for Federal Health Care Reform?"
There is no denying that the current health care upheaval is challenging us practically on a daily basis. Because an underlying mission of the RLI is to prepare radiology professionals to claim a seat at the table, what better opportunity than to listen to and interact with one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act – former Sen. Tom Daschle? Sen. Daschle’s keynote address promises to generate a lively discussion.

Sen. Daschle is one of the longest-serving Democratic leaders in Senate history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader. During his tenure, Sen. Daschle navigated the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security challenges.

Since leaving the Senate, he has distinguished his expertise in health care through the publication of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis and has emerged as a leading thinker on climate change and renewable energy policy. His most recent book, Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform, was published in October 2010.


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Operations Management
Health care is moving from a volume to a value proposition. In this transition, radiologists will need to increase operational performance to maintain profitability and enhance customer satisfaction. The goal of this session is to introduce radiologists to practical aspects of operations research to enhance patient flow and achieve operational excellence. Practical applications will include identifying rate-limiting steps and avoiding bottlenecks in patient flow. During the session, we will play a simulation game which will demonstrate the application of principles.

Radiologists face many important situations inside and outside their organizations that involve reaching timely and productive agreements. Success in these encounters requires knowledge of the answers to many preparatory questions. For example, how do you formulate a strategy to approach the other party so that both of you maximize the potential for the deal? Who should make the first offer? When do you agree and when do you walk away? The skills learned from studying negotiation strategies and techniques will help you answer these important questions. Through an experiential exercise, you will learn how to analyze negotiation situations and develop a plan to negotiate effectively.

Radiology leaders interact with other professionals on a day-to-day basis, which requires a leadership style that is more consensus building than directive. This session explores effective techniques that help leaders build consensus in organizations. Many real-life examples and cases will illustrate a model of leadership that will help you go beyond coercion and compliance to produce loyalty and commitment, inspiring people to expand and channel their energy into productive engagement.

Strategic Alliances
Few organizations are completely self-sustaining. Particularly, with increased competition, technological change and intense resource constraints, more radiologists are working cooperatively with other organizations to achieve their strategic objectives. But alliances are often difficult to achieve. This session examines the theory and practice of creating and managing different types of strategic alliances such as joint ventures, licensing agreements, buyer-supplier partnerships and consortia. It will help participants understand the costs and benefits of strategic alliances (and why such alliances may be preferred over other strategies such as internal development or mergers and acquisitions). In addition, the session covers how to design alliances, and how to avoid the many potential problems and complications in managing these relationships. It also provides a framework for managing multiple alliances at once.

Managing Teams
Delivering effective and efficient health care is rarely a solo effort. Radiology groups are finding that effective teams are essential to improving quality care and profitability. But these high-performing groups do not “just happen.” This session draws on the latest research in organization behavior and social psychology to help leaders build and manage more effective teams and become both a team player and a team manager. Among the skills you will learn are strategies for managing conflict, dealing with uncertainty, creating opportunities for improvement, developing member potential and enjoying teamwork. The session uses a highly experiential and interactive format to focus on intra-team dynamics (conflict and cooperation, trust-building, member roles), inter-team dynamics (team negotiation at the bargaining table), as well as larger organizational issues.

Entrepreneurship deals with creating new and value-added products and services for customers outside your organization. Intrapreneurship deals with entrepreneurial activities within a larger organization. While radiologists deal with external customers, many activities are directed at those consumers in the larger organization in which you work, e.g., academic medical centers and health care systems. Since working in and with these larger business entities can create problems as well as opportunities, this session will help radiologists succeed in developing and implementing creative programs.

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Accreditation Statement
The American College of Radiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American College of Radiology designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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