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    June 01, 2013

    RSNA 2012 Refresher Courses Now on Sale

    For a limited time, RSNA is offering discount pricing on selected refresher courses from past annual meetings. These collections are available at a 25 percent discount until October 31, 2013. The discount price is $60 for members; $90 for nonmembers. Each collection includes an audiovisual presentation, a line-by-line transcript and offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each successfully completed CME test.

    • Breast Imaging/New Technologies: Two CDs, “Mammographic Interpretation” and “Computer-assisted Decision Systems in Breast and Lung Imaging” explore the effect of new technologies on breast imaging and their implications for clinical practice. The Breast Imaging/New Technologies Collection offers 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
    • Neuroradiology: Two CDs, “Advanced Neurovascular MR Angiography” and “Brain Perfusion Imaging: Techniques and Applications,” assess patients who have, or are at risk for developing, some of the most common neurological conditions. The Neuroradiology Collection offers 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
    • Musculoskeletal: Three CDs, “Emerging Techniques in Musculoskeletal Imaging,” “Imaging of Upper Extremity Entrapment Neuropathies” and “Osteoporosis: Clinical and Imaging Features,” provide a comprehensive review of the hottest areas of musculoskeletal radiology. The Musculoskeletal Collection offers 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    To purchase these collections at the discounted rate, go to the RSNA Education Center catalog at RSNA.org/education/search/collections or call 1-800-272-2920.

    RSNA Staff Retirements

    In March and April, RSNA said goodbye to two employees who retired after nearly 50 years’ worth of combined service to the Society.

    Al Simonaitis, 24 years

    Al SimoniatisWhen Al began his employment with RSNA in September 1988 as a manuscript editor in the Publications Department, Radiology and RadioGraphics were available in print form only. As the journals evolved, so too did Al’s job—he became a managing editor in August 1990 and eventually took responsibility for the journals’ burgeoning online presence. From the very first articles available as text only to RSNA members via the Internet, to the podcasts, image datasets and other enhanced content that now accompany Radiology and RadioGraphics articles, Al oversaw considerable change in the way RSNA shares cutting-edge science and radiology education.

    “One of the hallmarks of the many years of Al’s work at RSNA was his willingness to take on new challenges,” said Roberta E. Arnold, M.H.P.E., RSNA assistant executive director for publications and communications, who hired Simonaitis and served as his supervisor through his RSNA career. “He was the first managing editor of JMRI (Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging), when RSNA helped the Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to develop that journal, and he was the managing editor of the ahead-of-its-time, totally online journal, RSNA EJ, founded and edited by Dr. Laurens Ackerman. These journals could not have moved forward without Al’s skill and enthusiasm.”

    Ken Schulze, 24 years

    Ken SchulzeKen also played a significant role in developing RSNA’s online presence. Like Al, Ken began his employment with the RSNA as a manuscript editor when he was hired in May 1989. After a promotion to Managing Editor: Electronic Information, Ken ultimately became RSNA’s first Webmaster. Ken’s experience ranges from the very first announcements shared via RSNA Link to the recent redesign of the RSNA.org website. Ken was also instrumental in making RSNA News available online.

    “Ken is one of the most professionally eclectic individuals I have ever met,” said Schulze’s supervisor, John W. Basco, M.S., RSNA managing director of web operations. “He knows a little bit about everything. One day Ken could be building HTML forms for RSNA.org. The next he could be teaching a class on the proper way to use a semi-colon. In our department, the rule of thumb is ‘If you don’t know something—anything—ask Ken Schulze.’ After 24 years, we’ll really feel his absence.”

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