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    March 1, 2018

    R&E Foundation Announces New Education Grant Program

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    To address members’ rapidly changing educational needs, the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation’s Board of Trustees has developed a new education grant program that will take a fresh approach to how the Foundation solicits applications and funds grants. The first of the new grants will be awarded in 2019.

    The program seeks to enhance the education of radiology faculty, radiologists and radiology support personnel through new educational content, educational products or other innovative means for RSNA to share with its members.

    Grants will have specific topics of interest representing the current and future educational needs in radiology and will offer the opportunity for large, multi-year, multi-institution grants of up to $525,000. The educational grants will allow for projects with smaller budgets and timeframes, as well as those focusing specifically on international education.

    The grants are:

    • Education Innovation Grant

    • Education Development Grant

    • Derek Harwood-Nash International Education Scholar Grant

    More details, including the specific topics of interest and requests for applications, will be available in spring at RSNA.org/Grants-and-Awards.

    Time to Renew Your Image Wisely® Pledge

    Continue your commitment to safe imaging by renewing your Image Wisely® pledge or make a first-time promise to demonstrate your awareness about adult radiation protection.

    Each year, those who renew their pledges at ImageWisely.org will receive a dated certificate validating their commitment to the campaign. Facilities with current pledges can download the Image Wisely logo to promote their participation in the campaign.

    The Image Wisely website provides updated news on radiation safety, regulations and standards, and access to free radiation safety cases to assess your understanding of radiation safety concepts and award continuing education credits.

    The Image Wisely campaign is a joint partnership of RSNA, the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

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    Cohen Appointed Radiology Chair at Temple University

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    Gary S. Cohen, MD, has been appointed chair of radiology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and radiologist-in-chief for Temple University Health System, Philadelphia.

    A diagnostic radiologist with a subspecialty in vascular and interventional radiology, Dr. Cohen joined Temple’s faculty in 1993. He most recently served as vice chair of diagnostic imaging, section chief of vascular & interventional radiology and co-director of the Liver Tumor Treatment Program.

    Roentgen Nominations Now Open

    Nomination Deadline
    April 2

    Nominations are being accepted for the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, recognizing residents and fellows who have made significant contributions to their departments’ research efforts as evidenced by presentations and publications of scientific papers, receipt of research grants or other contributions.

    Nominations are limited to one resident or fellow per program in radiology, radiation oncology or nuclear medicine per year. The program director or department chair selects the nominee for each program.

    The RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation provides an award plaque for the department to display and a personalized award to present to the selected resident or fellow. The deadline for nominations is April 2. Learn about the nomination process and see a list of past recipients at RSNA.org/Roentgen-Research-Award.

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    Vinay Prabhu, MD, right, receives his 2017 RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award from Nancy Fefferman, MD.

    RSNA Members Earn Advanced Quality Certificates

    Four physicians received Advanced Level Quality Certificates from RSNA in 2017, bringing the total number of recipients to 20 since the first certificates were awarded in 2014.

    Earning the certificate requires successful completion of Quality Essentials Certificate Courses in four domains: Quality Improvement in Your Practice, Staff and Patient Safety, Customer Satisfaction and Radiologist Performance Improvement; as well as exhibition of a Quality Storyboard at an RSNA annual meeting as a primary author. (Please note, Quality Storyboards will be renamed Quality Improvement Reports beginning in 2018. The guidelines for these submissions will remain the same.)

    To learn more about the RSNA Quality Improvement Certificate Program, including the Advanced Level Quality Certificate program, go to RSNA.org/Quality-Improvement-Certificate-Program.



    Quality Storyboard Title

    Suhny Abbara, MD

    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    A Comprehensive CT Radiation Dose Reduction and Protocol Standardization Program in a Complex, Tertiary Hospital System Using Iterative Phantom and Clinical Testing and a Novel Web-based Information Distribution System

    Alan M. Kantor, MD

    Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center (Bronx, New York)

    Adapting the Universal Protocol in a Diagnostic Radiology Department to Help Prevent Wrong Patient, Wrong Site, and Wrong Examination Events

    Colleen H. Neal, MD

    University ofMichigan Health System

    Improving Breast MRI Wait Times: A Model for Transitioning Newly Implemented Diagnostic Imaging Procedures into Routine Clinical Operation

    Ben C. Wandtke, MD

    University of Rochester Medical Center

    Closing the Loop: A Radiology Follow-up Recommendation Tracking System

    Wang Awarded RANZCR Gold Medal

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    Shih-chang Wang, MD, was awarded the 2017 gold medal at the recent Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) annual meeting.

    A recognized expert in liver cancer therapy, Dr. Wang served as the Parker-Hughes Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and as head of breast radiology at Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, in Westmead, Australia, before retiring in 2013. He also established the National Breast Screening Program in Singapore.

    Apply Now for RSNA Editorial Fellowships

    Applications are being accepted for the RSNA William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship and the RSNA William W. Olmsted Editorial Fellowship for Trainees. The fellowships offer the opportunity to work with Radiology Editor David A. Bleumke, MD, PhD, in Madison, WI, or RadioGraphics Editor Jeffrey S. Klein, MD, in Burlington, VT. The Eyler fellowship lasts three weeks and the Olmsted fellowship lasts one week.

    Each fellow will also visit the Publications Department at RSNA Headquarters in Oak Brook, IL. The Eyler Fellow will work with the RadioGraphics editorial team at RSNA 2018.

    Apply by May 1 to be considered for the William R. Eyler Editorial Fellowship and April 1 for the William W. Olmsted Editorial Fellowship for Trainees.

    To learn more and to apply, visit RSNA.org/RSNA_Editorial_Fellowships.aspx.

    In Memoriam

    Willmann  Willmann

    Juergen K. Willmann, MD, professor of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, died Jan. 8 in Palo Alto, CA. He was 45.

    Recognized for his work in targeted contrast microbubbles, Dr. Willmann was working on the first clinical imaging trials in humans, in which the microbubbles were used to detect breast and ovarian cancer and target the delivery of drugs.

    Dr. Willmann completed his medical degree at Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Buchenbach, Germany. He completed his residency at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

    After completing his residency, Dr. Willmann became an assistant professor and clinical attending physician at the University of Zurich. He and his wife, Amelie Lutz, MD, came to Stanford for research fellowships.

    He was recognized for his work in cancer detection and imaging technologies with a 2017 Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.

    Dr. Willmann published studies in Radiology and served as RSNA faculty at several RSNA annual meetings.

    Numbers in the News

    17.5 The number, in millions, raised by the RSNA Research & Education Foundation during its five-year fundraising campaign. Read more here.

    15 Percent of both medical school graduates and graduate medical education trainees who are minorities. Read more about diversity and inclusion in radiology here.

    1896 The year the first radiographs of mummies were produced. Since then, the role of imaging has become increasingly critical to paleoradiologists investigating these ancient relics. Read more here.