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  • My Turn - May 2014

    May 01, 2014

    Radiology is International and so is RSNA

    RSNA collaborates with other international, continental, regional, and national societies. A goal of RSNA is to enhance excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research, and technologic innovation as a worldwide leader in radiology.

    To that end, in 2012 RSNA consolidated its many international efforts under a new portfolio that includes activities in developed and developing countries. RSNA’s international efforts include an International Advisory Committee with Regional Committees spanning the world. RSNA also has strong relationships with radiology societies worldwide. In 2014, RSNA will collaborate by providing speakers or meeting with leadership of regional societies such as the International Society of Radiology, European Society of Radiology, Interamerican College of Radiology, and Asian Oceanian Society of Radiology. RSNA will also participate in major radiology society meetings in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and South Africa.

    The RSNA annual meeting includes unique “Country Presents” sessions which invite two countries each year to present research and educational material on a topic of their choice. RSNA 2014 will feature “Korea Presents” and “Canada Presents.”

    RSNA also supports efforts in developing countries including programs under the auspices of its Committee on International Radiology Education (CIRE). These endeavors include International visiting professorships, Introduction to Research for International Young Academics (IRIYA), and the Derek Harwood-Nash International Fellowship. Support of efforts in developing countries highlights RSNA’s values of integrity, excellence, professionalism, leadership, innovation, service, and volunteerism. Such efforts extend RSNA’s presence into areas of the world which otherwise would not have access to these materials.

    Bridging RSNA’s work with developed and developing countries is the International Trends session at the annual meeting, which addresses current significant topics affecting radiologists and their patients. This session highlights RSNA’s role as a convener of thought leaders in radiology throughout the world in conjunction with the International Advisory Committee. The 2013 session addressed radiology education in developing nations, and 2014 will address radiation safety regulations and their impact on patient care.

    All of these endeavors allow RSNA to enhance its worldwide affiliations and international perspectives while affording radiologists worldwide the benefit of RSNA’s expertise in research, education. I am proud to lead these international efforts.

    Read “Impact of RSNA’s International Programs Felt Worldwide,” here. 

    James P. Borgstede, M.D.
    James P. Borgstede, M.D., is RSNA Board Liaison for International Affairs and chair of the Research & Education (R&E) Foundation. Dr. Borgstede is a professor of radiology and vice-chair of professional services, clinical operations and quality at the University of Colorado, Denver. Dr. Borgstede is president of the American Board of Radiology and president-elect of the International Society of Radiology.
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