Value Proposition of the Radiology Professional Society Meeting

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      What is the value proposition of a radiology professional society meeting? The answer to this question may be different depending on which radiologist you ask and which meeting you are asking about. The Oxford English Languages online dictionary defines “value proposition” as “an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product attractive to customers”( ). From a marketing standpoint, the ideal value proposition for an organization would be one that supplies features that the target customers wanted, that the index organization excels at delivering, and that the index organization's competition could not provide. From a consumer perspective, the business sector has defined 30 different elements of value that impact purchasing (Table 1) (
      • Almquist E.
      • Senior J.
      • Bloch N.
      The Elements of Value Measuring-and delivering-what consumers really want.
      ). Review of these established elements of consumer value suggests that many play a role in radiologists’ decisions to attend professional society meetings.
      Table 1– Consumer Value Categories and Elements – HBR/Bain, 20162
      Functional Saves Time
      Makes money
      Reduces risk
      Reduces effort
      Avoids hassles
      Reduces costs
      Sensory appeal
      Emotional Reduces anxiety
      Rewards me
      Badge value
      Therapeutic value
      Provides access
      Life changing Provides hope
      Self actualization
      Social impact Self-transcendance

      Key Words


      ACR (American College of Radiology), ARRS (American Roentgen Ray Society), AUR (Association of University Radiologists), CME (continuing medical education), ISMRM (International society of magnetic resonance in medicine), LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PACS (picture archiving communication system), RSNA (radiologic society of North America), SCARD (society of chairs of academic radiology departments), SSR (society of skeletal radiology)
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