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  • 2008 Report of the Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • (This report was presented to the Board of Directors during RSNA 2008.)
    In 2008, RSNA reinforced its dual roles as a provider of individual continuing education and professional development and leader of initiatives to shape radiology's future. For 94 years, RSNA has built upon a foundation of strong programs, publications and partnerships.

    New Board Member  

    RSNA welcomed radiology informatics and workforce issues expert Ronald L. Arenson, M.D., as the newest member of the RSNA Board of Directors. He served as the liaison-designate for the annual meeting and technology in 2008, working with Burton P. Drayer, M.D. In 2009, when Dr. Drayer becomes the RSNA Board chairman, Dr. Arenson will assume the role of liaison.

    Annual Meeting 

    Late in the year, RSNA and its 2007 meeting were honored by Tradeshow Week with the publication's top prize for impact on the local economy. RSNA used the record-breaking RSNA 2007 technical exhibition results, along with record-breaking attendance numbers, to plan an even more robust RSNA 2008.
    The Technical Exhibition expanded to three halls at RSNA 2008, while a new dining option called Bistro RSNA offered a new way for attendees to eat, meet and network during the meeting.

    The RSNA 2008 opening session was devoted to adult lifelong learning and the implications of medical simulation for radiology, while the New Horizons Lecture detailed the provocative topic of radiology engineering in the era of nanotechnology.

    RSNA continued its new tradition of spotlighting a particular country during the annual meeting with Japan Presents. Offered in conjunction with the Japan Radiological Society, the scientific session featured the results of Japanese studies of CT and MR imaging of various organs.

    Changes spiced up the ever-popular Image Interpretation Session. New at RSNA 2008, each panelist received only one case in advance of the meeting and was presented with the other on the spot. In addition, panelists utilized the help of on-stage "lifelines" during the session.

    The RSNA digital presentation system was expanded to the classroom at RSNA 2008, with attendees in a selected refresher course able to follow along with course presentations on their own laptop screens. In addition, new Applied Science Presentations included non-hypothesis-based examinations of important radiology-related topics.

    The topical Quality Improvement and Molecular Imaging symposia, the Bolstering Oncoradiologic and Oncoradiotherapeutic Skills for Tomorrow (BOOST) program and Cardiac CT Mentored Case Review remained popular at RSNA 2008, while series courses—combining education and research on related topics—were offered in breast, chest, gastrointestinal, gastrointestinal/emergency, genitourinary, interventional oncology, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology and pediatric radiology.
    Also at RSNA 2008, RSNA offered about four dozen self-assessment modules (SAMs) in numerous subspecialty categories. These SAMs were approved for diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and radiologic physicists participating in the American Board of Radiology's maintenance of certification process.

    The RSNA 2008 Meeting Program was dedicated to the memory of Harvey Picker, M.D. The New Horizons Lecture at RSNA 2008 was dedicated to the memory of Samuel J. Dwyer III, Ph.D. and the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology to the memory of Steven A. Leibel, M.D.

    Other Continuing Education  

    In addition to its annual meeting, RSNA continues to stay on top of breaking developments in clinical practice and research to bring the radiology community the very best education opportunities. A new Education Committee, formed at RSNA 2008, will identify the educational needs of RSNA members and the emerging technologies through which the Society can serve them.

    One area where RSNA continues to significantly assist members in streamlining and standardizing their practices is informatics. The new Radiology Reporting Subcommittee of the RSNA Radiology Informatics Committee held a consensus meeting on the structured radiology report in summer 2008. Representatives from more than 60 radiologic institutions and societies are working to propose a standard format for structured radiology reports.

    RSNA is continually expanding its online offerings, particularly myRSNA, its customizable, members-only Web portal. myRSNA tutorials help users apply this tool to organize RSNA content in a personally relevant way.

    Collaborative Education Initiatives  

    To help radiology residents attain required physics knowledge, RSNA is working with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) to format the AAPM curriculum into 50 Web-based distance learning modules.

    With the education committee of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR), RSNA developed a Web-based portfolio that allows residents to document their educational progress as now required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

    A member of the Image Gently campaign to reduce pediatric radiation dose, RSNA participated in a vendor summit where medical imaging equipment manufacturers agreed to collaborate with radiologists, medical physicists and radiologic technologists to create standardized radiation dose estimates and vendor-sponsored technologist education opportunities.

    RSNA and its Public Information Committee sponsored the "When to Order Imaging Studies" course, presented twice at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) annual meeting in San Diego in September.

    International Relationships  

    Included in a new strategic plan adopted by RSNA in 2008 is a five-year international strategy that encompasses the Society's many efforts to lead global radiology activities and provide valuable education opportunities to international radiologists. Among those strategies is promoting the Society through visits of the RSNA president and informational booth to radiology meetings around the world each year. In 2008, RSNA was represented at the European Congress of Radiology, Italian Society of Radiology, International Congress of Radiology and Asian Oceanian Congress of Radiology. RSNA was also present at U.S. meetings of the Association of University Radiologists, American College of Cardiology, Medical Library Association, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

    The RSNA Research & Education Foundation will now offer international applicants an opportunity to apply for the Research Scholar Grant. The decision was made possible by a $1.5 million donation from Paul E. Berger, M.D. If an international applicant is chosen, the grant will be in memory of RSNA Board Member Derek Harwood-Nash, M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc., to recognize the lasting contributions Dr. Harwood-Nash made to the study and practice of radiology.

    RSNA also continues to encourage participation by international radiologists in the RSNA annual meeting and submission of abstracts for presentation consideration. In addition, RSNA International Visiting Professor teams visited China, Nigeria, Vietnam and Mexico in 2008 and will travel to Estonia, Bolivia, South Africa, Argentina and Mexico in 2009.

    A pilot RSNA E-Mentoring Program saw U.S.-based educators facilitating evidence-based education among a community of learners at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya. Also in 2008, RSNA and the American College of Radiology (ACR) developed a plan to assist radiologists in Iraq. The strategy includes providing electronic access to information found in the members-only areas of each organization's Web sites to the estimated 125 radiologists in Iraq and identifying resources both in Iraq and the U.S. that would help facilitate donations and coordinate travel between the countries.

    Publications and Communications   

    RSNA hosted more than 165 members of the medical media at RSNA 2007, with reporters particularly interested in studies of the effects of secondhand smoke on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, all-terrain vehicle injuries to children and increased radiation exposure in pregnant women.

    RSNA's efforts to expand and enhance its scholarly journals have resulted in ever-increasing impact factors and citation numbers. In 2008, Radiology offered online enhancements include reader discussion boards, while RadioGraphics unveiled a new quality initiatives section and increased the number of CME exercises available in each issue.

    Results of a reader survey released in 2008 placed RadioGraphics among the most popular and useful journals in radiology, with 70 percent of respondents reporting that the journal is better today than it was five years ago. Radiologists in both private and academic practices reported devoting more time to reading RadioGraphics, with three-quarters of respondents reporting that RadioGraphics is a "must-read." RadioGraphics Editor William W. Olmsted, M.D., has agreed to extend his contract through 2011.

    Quantitative Imaging and Biomarkers 

    RSNA continued to promote the development of imaging biomarkers and quantitative imaging. The Quantitative Imaging and Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA), a group of stakeholders from the pharmaceutical and equipment industries, imaging informatics companies, government agencies, imaging societies and clinical trials, works to coordinate development of protocols and methodologies. RSNA also facilitates communication among the imaging response assessment teams (IRATs) and the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program. Both IRATs and CTSA support the use of imaging to enhance and streamline research to improve patient care and make new technologies and therapies available.

    Executive Director 

    Dave Fellers, C.A.E., resigned his position as RSNA Executive Director, effective August 31. Executive director since January 2001, Fellers oversaw significant growth in RSNA programs and in the Society's national and international prominence. The RSNA Board of Directors expresses its gratitude to Fellers for his service to RSNA.

    The process of searching for a new executive director continues. The Board engaged the services of executive recruitment firm Korn/Ferry International to help find appropriate candidates.

    RSNA's solid reputation as a leader and a partner is a testament to the professionalism and hard work of its members. I join the rest of the Board in thanking our many dedicated and accomplished volunteers who contribute to the success of RSNA and its programs, publications and relationships.

    Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.
    Chairman, RSNA Board of Directors

    Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c. Chairman, 2008 RSNA Board of Directors