(This report was presented to the Board of Directors during RSNA 2004.)
The RSNA Board of Directors would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the many volunteers who have generously contributed their time, professional expertise and personal resources to the Society in 2004. It is through their dedication that the Society is able to achieve its mission of excellence in patient care through education and research.
The following are some of RSNA's accomplishments in 2004.
RSNA Education: Individualized Plans
RSNA has launched a long-term effort to help members create an individualized education plan based on their personal profile.As maintenance of certification (MOC) becomes increasingly important for our members, RSNA will play a major role in the lifelong learning and periodic self-assessment process.
To make it easier to identify general and subspecialty content, RSNA has coded all of its educational programs to fit with the American Board of Radiology's (ABR) MOC classification system. The Society is also creating general self-assessment modules (SAMs) to help members assess their knowledge in various general categories or subspecialty areas. By self-identifying their strengths and weaknesses, members can further customize their professional development plans to meet MOC requirements.
In addition, RSNA has further refined its CME repository. The RSNA CME Repository allows members to keep track of their continuing medical education (CME) credits earned through RSNA, as well as through other organizations. Members are now able to create records of their MOC activity. These records can be used to gauge progress toward meeting MOC requirements.
For more than a year, RSNA has worked with the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and some other radiology organizations to develop a CME gateway. This gateway, which was launched on December 15, 2004, provides members with a single point from which they can access all of the CME credits they have earned through the participating organizations.
Members are encouraged to use the gateway as an online resource to help them access CME data from one convenient location.Networking with imaging professionals who have similar practices and educational needs (peer groups) is an important educational experience itself.RSNA is working with John Parboosingh, M.D., an internationally known leader in developing enhanced learning activities for physicians, to develop new CME programs based on the concept of peer groups or communities of learners.
Other educational activities include collaborations with the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology on programs to digitize your practice and with SNM on a molecular imaging summit.
At RSNA 2004, a special focus session was presented on the American Board of Radiology MOC program and the changing paradigm in the landscape of certification by all medical specialty boards.
Online Education Resources: Available to All
Many of RSNA's online education resources were made available to everyone in 2004.
InteractED, available through the redesigned Education Portal, offers more than 300 educational programs, ranging from courses culled from the RSNA annual meeting to education exhibits published in RadioGraphics.
All InteractED programs, except for the most popular features—RadioGraphics materials and CME exams—are now open access. The RadioGraphics materials and CME exams continue to be a benefit of RSNA membership and require a member login.
RSNA Annual Meeting: Technology at Your Service
RSNA 2004 attendees participated in sessions using more state-of-the-art technology to help enhance their educational experience.Education exhibits and scientific posters in neuroradiology and chest radiology were in electronic format. Education exhibits and scientific posters in other specialties were also displayed in electronic format. About 400 digital presentations were available at RSNA 2004.
In addition, eight refresher courses and all of the cased-based review courses used an audience response system. This system allows course instructors to tailor the educational material based on the audience knowledge level.
A pilot was conducted using radiofrequency identification (RFID) to track attendance at case-based review courses. Volunteers were issued a special badge containing an RFID chip. Sensors in the meeting room doorway recorded entry an exit. RFID results will allow RSNA to compare the effectiveness and accuracy of its current voucher system and critique forms used for recording CME credits.
An outside firm will analyze how attendees spent their time at the annual meeting so that the Society can better understand attendees' needs and how to meet them. Attendee feedback will also be important.
A hot topic focus sessions on medical simulators was added to the 2004 annual meeting program. The session was a direct result of RSNA's belief that medical simulator technology will eventually play a more prominent role in radiology education. This belief also resulted in a collaborative workgroup involving RSNA and the Society of Interventional Radiology.
Publications: New Scientific Program/Journal Policy
For many years, it had been a requirement that scientific paper and poster presenters at the annual meeting submit their related manuscripts to Radiology. Following a report from the RSNA Board-appointed Taskforce on the Scientific Program and Journal, the Board decided to recommend that the Society's bylaws be amended to eliminate this requirement so that scientific presenters are encouraged rather than required to submit their manuscripts to Radiology. RSNA members will vote on the proposed bylaws change at the RSNA 2004 business sessions.
Publications: Legacy Content
Content from Radiology and RadioGraphics dating back to the early 1980s will soon be available online. RSNA is working with Google to scan and create portable document format (PDF) files of the journals. PDFs will be made from Radiology articles from 1980 to 2002. PDFs will be made of RadioGraphics articles from the journal's inception in 1981 to 2002.
For articles from 2002 to the present, RSNA offers online access to journal subscribers and RSNA members as a benefit of membership. Once the content becomes two years old, online access is open to everyone.
Membership: Online Directory
The RSNA Membership Directory became available online in mid-November. Members can log in using their member ID and customize their search for other RSNA members by name, institution or geographic area. Another benefit of the online directory is that it is always up to date.
Members who still want a printed copy of the directory have until January 7, 2005, to request one. A postcard was mailed with specific instructions. Online requests for the printed directory are being taken at rsna.org/requestdirectory.
Public Information and Communication
Several programs were enacted in 2004 to enhance public awareness about radiology and the roles radiology professionals play in the healthcare process.RSNA now regularly sends public service announcements to broadcast and satellite radio stations around the country. These public service announcements describe different radiology procedures and direct listeners to the award-winning patient education Web site, RadiologyInfo.org, to learn more about a particular exam, why it is needed and how a patient can better prepare for it.
In July, RSNA hosted a media briefing on women's breast health. The briefing was held in New York City. The media briefing was also offered by Webcast and audio conference to medical news media across the country. Media coverage of the briefing has resulted in 316 tracked placements, yielding estimated audience impressions of more than 90 million. Coverage included The Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The London Times, ABC Radio News,BBC News, and regional network news programs and national news feeds.
The 2005 RSNA media briefing will focus on neuroradiology.
The RSNA Research & Education Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2004. Detailed information is included in the report of the chairman of the R&E Board of Trustees.
Meanwhile, the RSNA Board, the Foundation and the RSNA staff continue to develop plans to increase the positive impact of the Foundation on the future of radiology.
Many of the Society's other activities are outlined in reports by the chairs of each RSNA committee. All of these reports will be available online beginning in mid-January 2005.
RSNA is fortunate to have a group of dedicated and talented volunteers and we are very grateful for all you do. We want to recognize the committee chairs and their committee members who, "behind the scenes," served all of us as members so well in 2004.
Robert R. Hattery, M.D.Chairman, 2004 RSNA Board of Directors