RSNA 2013 attendees may notice a certain “je ne sais quoi” at this year’s annual meeting.
For the past several years, RSNA has highlighted the contributions of a specific country with a session of scientific presentations. This year, the spotlight will fall on France, providing attendees with an opportunity to hear the latest in oncologic imaging from top French radiologists. The “France Presents” program at RSNA 2013 also includes other activities and services focusing on the country’s contributions to the RSNA Annual Meeting.
Nicolas Grenier, M.D., a professor of radiology at the University of Bordeaux, said the Société Francaise de Radiologie (SFR) was honored to be selected to feature presenters at RSNA 2013. “RSNA has always been a very important meeting for us,” Dr. Grenier said. “The combination of education, which allows attendees to hear about any topic, the new technologies highlighted and the technical exhibitions offered at RSNA are something we really appreciate. We are proud and happy to have our expertise recognized at this year’s meeting.
“We chose to focus on oncologic imaging because there is so much happening in this field between diagnosis and interventional radiology,” Dr. Grenier continued. “The radiologists we asked to present are internationally recognized and very involved in this issue.”
This year, RSNA has broadened its international effort beyond panel presentations, adding services that will make it easier for French members to access and navigate the meeting.
RSNA added a dedicated website, RSNA.org/FrancePresents, and has collaborated with SFR. At SFR’s annual meeting in October in France, RSNA will host a booth offering attendees the chance to join RSNA and register for the annual meeting.
At RSNA 2013, SFR will host a booth in the Technical Exhibition to showcase its contributions to RSNA over the years. French attendees are invited to stop by Booth 1122 in the South Building to learn more about contributions from French radiology to the RSNA Annual Meeting. Attendees can also pick up a ribbon for their name badge in celebration of France Presents.
To help French and all international attendees get the most out of RSNA 2013, the Global Connection booth in RSNA Services offers information on international program. On Sunday, a special discussion on navigating the RSNA meeting will be led in French from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., including information on everything from scientific sessions to restaurants and getting around Chicago. Finally, RSNA members can to meet with exhibitors from France, many of which will be grouped together in an area of the South Building designated as the French Pavilion.
RSNA’s increasingly robust international programming reflects the marked growth in the society’s international membership.
“Over the past five to 10 years, RSNA has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of international participation,” said Richard L. Baron, M.D., professor of radiology at the University of Chicago and RSNA’s board liaison for international affairs.
According to Dr. Baron, RSNA membership outside North America has grown from 7 to 26 percent in the past 20 years, with more than 13,000 RSNA members living in countries outside North America. The annual meeting draws similarly large numbers of international participants. At RSNA 2012, 37 percent of meeting attendees came from outside North America, while international members contribute more than 50 percent of the abstracts and posters presented at the annual meeting.
“Despite our name, we are very much an international radiological society,” said 2013 RSNA President Sarah S. Donaldson, M.D., the Catharine and Howard Avery Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif.
France Presents—and programs in previous years highlighting Brazil, India, China and other countries—are an important part of RSNA’s international efforts, Dr. Baron said. “This program lets participants from the spotlighted country know that we appreciate their efforts to further radiological science and clinical practice,” he said. “It provides us with an opportunity to build and maintain our relationships with members from that country.”
Putting France in the spotlight is particularly timely, given the country’s success with universal healthcare, its leadership in cancer care and the size of the French contingent attending RSNA each year. More than 1,000 attendees from France attended RSNA 2012, the highest attendance from a country outside of North America.
France has a special place in the heart and mind of Dr. Donaldson, who as RSNA president selected the country to be highlighted in 2013. As a young physician, Dr. Donaldson spent a memorable year in training at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France—an experience that has left her eternally grateful to the country for the lessons, both professional and personal, she learned while there.
“My time in France was pivotal in shaping my career in radiation oncology and it was also a tremendous personal and character-building experience,” she said. “It’s extremely important to me to welcome our French contingent and to highlight the expertise of the country.”
Monday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For more information on France Presents, visit RSNA’s new dedicated website at RSNA.org/FrancePresents.
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