With a spectrum of programs, services and partnerships in 2013, RSNA fulfilled its strategic goals to advance the radiological sciences, foster the development of new technologies, offer education in a variety of media, facilitate informatics strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and serve as a worldwide leader in radiology.
RSNA’s 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, The Power of Partnership, focused on the many ways in which we as radiologists can work together and in collaboration with other medical personnel, as well as with patients.
One particularly successful partnership RSNA has undertaken is the annual “Country Presents” program, which spotlights radiologic advancements throughout the world. In 2013 France was featured in conjunction with the Société Francaise de Radiologie. Attendees had the opportunity to hear the latest in oncologic imaging from top French radiologists and hear about the country’s other contributions to RSNA over the years. In 2014 the program will expand to two countries. The action furthers RSNA’s goal to increase international annual meeting participation and membership and promote RSNA as an international organization.
New at RSNA 2013 was the Online Evaluation and Claim Center, which allowed attendees to document their attendance by evaluating RSNA 2013 courses and sessions and claiming their credits online. Attendees were able to claim their credits onsite and walk away with printed certificates in hand. For RSNA members credits were also automatically added to the RSNA CME Repository.
Summer 2013 saw the launch of a new learning management system that made RSNA education content and opportunities to earn CME credit available on mobile devices, in response to member demand. In addition, in accordance with changes to American Board of Radiology Maintenance of Certification requirements, RSNA education content now qualifies as “self-assessment CME.” RSNA’s education offerings now include two more quality certificates, and practitioners who earn all four quality certificates and complete a capstone project can receive advanced certification in quality.
RSNA signed a second contract with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to continue developing RSNA Image Share, a secure network that lets patients take control of their medical imaging records and electronically share them with their physicians. Already in use at five sites, RSNA Image Share will be expanded to another 40 sites over the term of the new contract.
RSNA is also working to extend RSNA Diagnosis Live™—technology that allows participants to use personal digital devices to submit case diagnoses in a game format—to the commercial market. At RSNA 2013, Diagnosis Live supported selected refresher courses in addition to case diagnosis competition sessions.
RSNA was a primary sponsor of the first annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise® (IHE) International World Summit, designed to achieve the safe exchange of medical information and improve patient care by enabling the healthcare sector and stakeholders to achieve the widespread adoption and implementation of standards-based interoperable IT systems. Leaders from IHE’s 25 national deployment committees met with experts and stakeholders in health IT interoperability and electronic health records.
Radiology Cares™, RSNA’s new campaign to encourage and facilitate radiologists’ meaningful engagement in the patient experience, continues to grow, with nearly 950 pledges as of early October 2013. The Radiology Cares website now features an index to literature about the movement to become patient centered, from experts, scientific journals, medical trade publications and mainstream consumer media. Also available is a toolkit with customizable slide presentation decks to help users convey the importance of radiologists being patient centered to their colleagues and communities.
This year also saw the release of the Patient Safety in Imaging app in conjunction with the RSNA-American College of Radiology public information website, RadiologyInfo.org.
RSNA values the contributions it is able to make to the specialty in partnership with other organizations. RSNA continues its commitment, along with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, to support the expansion of imaging physics residencies. Among other collaborations in 2013 were those with the Interamerican College of Radiology and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to offer special content during the RSNA annual meeting. In addition, the second International Day of Radiology, a collaborative effort of RSNA, ESR and the American College of Radiology, was held in November 2013.
Another successful collaboration has been that of RSNA and the Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology Departments, American Roentgen Ray Society, Association of University Radiologists, and the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments to form the Academy of Radiology Leadership and Management (ARLM). Medical imaging professionals can earn a Certificate of Achievement from the ARLM by participating in 50 hours of education—including at least 30 hours in person—across a spectrum of domains including financial skills, human resources, professionalism, legal/contracting and academic mission. Forty-two courses at RSNA 2013 counted toward the ARLM certificate.
Partnerships are vital to the mission of the RSNA Research & Education Foundation as well. New this year were two co-sponsored awards—an Education Scholar Grant cosponsored with the Association of University Radiologists and a Research Scholar Grant in collaboration with the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology. RSNA also thanks Mallinckrodt and Agfa HealthCare for their new multi-year commitments as corporate partners of the Foundation.
In other news from the R&E Foundation, the Foundation Board of Trustees approved a record-breaking $3.2 million to fund 85 grants in 2013. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $40 million to nearly 1,000 educators and investigators. An R&E grant is a pathway to greater funding from sources such as the National Institutes of Health, and in the R&E Foundation’s brief history, the Foundation has enabled more than $1 billion in radiological research.
The Board approved an RSNA model for open access (OA) publishing for journal articles that fall under funder-mandated OA. RSNA’s OA policy will enable its journals, Radiology and RadioGraphics, to maintain a sustainable business model while offering pathways for authors working under open-access mandates.
In other journal news, Fall 2013 saw the launch of a new platform for RSNA’s online journals, offering optimized search and other enhanced functionality, as well as new journal mobile apps with opportunities for CME credit. RSNA journals also now employ plagiarism-detecting software for manuscripts submitted to the journals.
RSNA was pleased to welcome Valerie P. Jackson, M.D., an expert in breast imaging and radiology resident education, as the newest member of the Board of Directors. She serves as Board Liaison for Education. Dr. Jackson is the Eugene C. Klatte Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
I’m pleased to report that RSNA membership now tops 52,000, with members from 136 countries around the globe. I, along with my colleagues on the RSNA Board of Directors, look forward to helping fulfill RSNA’s mission to serve the specialty throughout the coming year.
It was nearly 100 years ago when a few of our predecessors met in an office in St. Louis and decided to form what would become RSNA. My colleagues and I on the Board of Directors are excited as the Society prepares to commemorate the RSNA Centennial with a year-long celebration that begins with the Society's 100th annual meeting in 2014 and continues through RSNA 2015.
Ronald L. Arenson, MD
Chairman, 2013 RSNA Board of Directors