The J.T. Rutherford Fellowship, named in honor of the first ACR lobbyist, and renamed in 2014 to the Rutherford-Lavanty Fellowship, was founded in 1993 to provide radiology residents direct personal exposure to ACR government relations activities. The fellowship allows residents to gain an understanding of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes and the ACR role therein. It also informs residents about the governmental factors that play important roles in shaping the future of radiology.
This one-week program includes historical background on ACR congressional activities, exposure to the ACR Government Relations Division and its relationship to the other activities conducted by the ACR.
Aside from the congressional apprenticing, the fellow spends the week:
- Learning about other ACR departments' intricate role in our goal of working for the best interest of the radiology profession
- Meeting with members of Congress and their staff
- Attending fundraisers of our PAC
- Meeting with representatives of federal regulatory agencies
- Attending in-house ACR meetings