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JumpStart: Understanding Employment Contract Basics: Term & Termination


Too many physicians coming out of training, faced with an employment contract, believe, “If I want the job, I need to sign.” Not necessarily. And, even if a prospective employer considers the contract “nonnegotiable,” a legal review is still helpful to ensure you understand what is expected of you and what you can expect from your employer. 

An employment contract is designed to establish, in writing, a shared understanding of each party's obligations during and after employment. ASNC is working with my colleagues at Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, PC, and me on a series of articles intended to help its members gain a better understanding of what contractual terms generally mean. Here we focus on clauses relating to the “term” of the agreement and to termination. These are two of the most important sections of an employment contract. 

Message for FITs, from ASNC President Raymond Russell, MD, PhD, FASNC

“You are never too young (or too old) to have a mentor.”
There, in a single sentence, is the one piece of wisdom I want to share with every cardiologist, no matter their specialty or season of life. It's has been a guiding principle for my own career and the message I share in my role as the program director of the cardiology fellowship program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

I urge you to turn to your mentor (or mentors) throughout your career, for clinical training and for wisdom as your career unfolds. Mentors can be your sounding board, your kindest and best-intentioned critic and your most loyal friend as you choose jobs, set goals, negotiate contracts or select an academic track. Your mentor may give the constructive criticism that improves your CV, hones your presentation or grant-writing skills and refines your interview savvy. Your mentor should be the person you turn to celebrate a success and learn from a failure. 

Register for ICNC 2017 by Feb. 27 and Save!

ASNC encourages everyone in the Nuclear Cardiology community to attend International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC 2017) and take advantage of early-bird registration discounts. When you register for ICNC 2017 by Feb. 27, you'll save over $100.  

In preparation for ICNC 2017, we talked with Organizing Co-chairs Frank Bengel, MD, Anastasia Kitsiou, MD, and Rob S.B. Beanlands, MD, about this unique conference and what attendees love about it. 

 

Bring Science to Your Practice at Nuclear Cardiology Today: Best Practices for Today, Innovations for Tomorrow

Join ASNC for 2½ days of in-depth, case-based training to help you lead your Nuclear Cardiology team in today's rapidly evolving healthcare environment. “Nuclear Cardiology Today” Program Co-directors Dennis A. Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David G. Wolinsky, MD, MASNC, and a cadre of expert faculty will help you identify opportunities to improve daily operations in your lab. You'll take home new information for improving patient care, enhancing efficiencies, reducing costs, streamlining administrative processes and adapting to the new performance-evaluation and reimbursement models. 

16 From 2016: ASNC Year in Review and a Heartfelt Thank YOU!

Dear Colleagues, 
As we begin a new year, I find myself looking back on 2016, grateful for the opportunity to have served as president of ASNC and honored to have worked with all of you to advance our mission of improving cardiovascular outcomes through image-guided patient management. Now, as we pause before diving into 2017, your ASNC team is evaluating the past year's efforts and accomplishments and setting goals for 2017. Join us as we count down our top 16 memories of 2016, look to the future and thank you, our many volunteers, for leading the way. 
Brian G. Abbott, MD, MASNC
2016 President, ASNC 

Report from the EuroEcho and Imaging Conference- Leipzig, Germany

Guest blog author: Dr. Wael Jaber - Chair, ASNC - EACVI Session 

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act with Funding Allocation for NIH, FDA

On Dec. 2, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what is being called the biggest health reform bill since the Affordable Care Act. The 21st Century Cures Act passed the House by a vote of 392-26. The bill most notably invests $4.796 in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over 10 years and $500 million to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although that funding would need to be released by congressional appropriators to be spent.

ImageGuide Registry: Nuclear Cardiology's MACRA Reporting Solution

Nuclear cardiology practices from across the United States are enrolling in ASNC's ImageGuide Registry, a decision that positions them to fulfill Medicare's new reporting requirements and advance their quality-improvement goals, all while making few administrative changes and, for ASNC members, incurring no new costs.  

Thanks to All Our 2016 Volunteers

Thanks to all the members that voluntarily served on ASNC committees in 2016--we had a great year with your help! Committee work is essential to ASNC to provide leadership and support for its programs, events, and services. 

Dr. Raymond Russell, III, to Be Inducted as ASNC's 24th President

On Jan. 1, 2017, Raymond Russell, III, MD, PhD, FASNC, will be installed as ASNC's 2017 president. Dr. Russell is associate professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. He is program director of the cardiology fellowship at Brown as well as the director of both Nuclear Cardiology and Cardio-Oncology for the Cardiovascular Institute of Lifespan, which includes Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital. He is active in the clinical and educational missions of the Cardiovascular Institute.
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