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  • Matthew D.F. McInnes, MD: 2014 Eyler Editorial Fellow

  • It was a great honor to receive the 2014 William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship.It was undoubtedly the highlight of my academic career. The opportunity to meet Drs. Kressel, Klein, and Levine—all intelligent, engaging luminaries of our profession who are deeply committed to the task of providing the highest quality scientific and educational material in Radiology and RadioGraphics—was an inspiration.

    The first theme that struck me as ubiquitous among all of the individuals I met at all of the sites (RadioGraphics, Radiology, and RSNA headquarter offices) was a commitment to quality. The driving force for everyone from editor-in-chief to copyeditor to Web site engineers was to produce the highest quality material possible. This is very reassuring for those of us who rely on RSNA publications to guide our practice.  I am confident that “our journals” are in good hands!

    The second theme was the tremendous support that the RSNA provides in order to allow Radiology and RadioGraphics to fulfill their missions. The vast infrastructure requires considerable financial support. However, the RSNA’s support goes beyond financial. It includes “buying in” to the progressive vision that Drs. Kressel and Klein each have for their journals and allowing them to innovate to meet the evolving needs of the readership. For example, Radiology is continually offering new ways to access the material, including podcasts, and RadioGraphics is enhancing its online presence with an interactive image viewer and online PowerPoint presentations. Supporting this type of innovation will ensure that these publications stay relevant for generations to come. The final and perhaps most important form of support is in the form of editorial independence; I am confident that the Editors are provided the necessary freedom to publish the highest quality material free from interference from the board of directors or commercial interests.

    On a personal note, the fellowship offered tremendous opportunity for professional growth. The knowledge of the peer review and editorial processes will allow me to become a better reviewer, deputy editor (for JMRI), researcher, and most important, to serve as a better mentor and resource for faculty members in my department here at the University of Ottawa. The fellowship sowed seeds of collaboration with luminaries such as Dr. Patrick Bossuyt, a prominent epidemiologist and the “father of STARD”. Our mutual interest in systematic reviews led to the development of an author toolkit to inform authors on how to perform higher quality systematic reviews: http://pubs.rsna.org/page/radiology/pia/systematicreviews. This initial collaboration has flourished into several related research projects that would never have been possible prior to the fellowship.

    In summary, I am grateful to my department and my family for allowing me the time to pursue this opportunity. I am grateful for the support from the RSNA. I am grateful for the warm hospitality offered by every member of the RSNA publications team that I met—this Canadian never felt like an outsider in Chicago, Boston, or Burlington! Finally, I am grateful for the mentorship and teaching provided by Drs. Kressel, Klein, and Levine. The time and dedication they put toward this fellowship was beyond what I expected.  I recommend this fellowship without reservation. If you have questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact me at mmcinnes@toh.on.ca.

    Best Regards,

    Matthew McInnes, MD, FRCPC
    Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Ottawa

    Matthew D. F. McInnes, MD Associate Professor of Radiology University of Ottawa Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director The Ottawa Hospital