Dr. Brian Coley named Assistant Editor, Pediatric Radiology
Dr. Peter Strouse, Chair of the Publications and the Assistant Editor Selection Committees, announces that Dr. Brian Coley has been named the second Assistant Editor of Pediatric Radiology for the Americas. Dr. Coley joins the team of Dr. Tom Slovis, editor, and Dr. Don Frush, Assistant Editor.
Dr. Diane Babcock Announces Retirement from Web Editor Position
After three years of service, Dr. Diane Babcock has announced her wish to step down from the position of web editor. The Board thanks Dr. Babcock for her exemplary service and calls for interested candidates for the position from the membership.
The role involves developing a vision for the content on the SPR website to best serve the members, the medical public and the public (patients and their parents). The staff serves as auxiliary editors, updating and maintaining routine content and communicating with the host company to arrange functional changes.
The web editor may use the Society's committees as resources. Dr. Babcock welcomes your inquiries about the role. You may contact Dr. Babcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application packets should be submitted to the Search Committee by August 15, 2007. The complete application includes:
Letter describing vision for website
Support letter from one SPR Active member
Submit by August 15, 2007 to:
SPR Web editor Search Committee c/o Jennifer Boylan 1006 Sir Barton Court Naperville, IL 60540
Member candidates presented for member review
In accordance with the process required by the recent bylaws change, candidates for membership will be posted on the website, under Member Resources, on a monthly basis. Members are asked to review the candidates and, if they are aware of factors that would indicate a candidate is not eligible for membership, to notify the Society Secretary, Dr. Brian Coley.
Candidates' SPR membership will become effective 30 days after their posting on the website for review.
SURVEY - Bronchopulmonary Malformations
As announced last month, SPR members are asked to complete a survey on the management of bronchopulmonary malformations in order to better understand current management of congenital lung anomalies. Survey authors, Drs. Erika Rubesova, Beverley Newman, Sanjeev Dutta, Gary Hartman and Richard Barth, state: "We hope this will be a first step for establishing a consensus for standard of care across institutions... Results will be submitted to Pediatric Radiology for publication."
If you have not already done so, complete the survey at the radiologist link below. Forward the newsletter to your surgeons and ask them to complete the surgeons survey, too. Thanks.
Remember, SPR members have access to the reports of their SPR CME through the CME Gateway. The CME Gateway is located at www.cmegateway.org and allows members to view and print results of CME credits earned through several participating societies. Note that the Gateway will only reflect CME earned through the SPR from January 1, 2006 to the present.
IMPORTANT! If this is your first time to the Gateway, you will be asked to create a username and password - these may be whatever you choose. Once you are in the Gateway, access your SPR CME records by selecting "Organizations" and registering your SPR username and password with the site.
Your SPR username for the gateway is the first initial of your first name, the first initial of your last name, and your SPR member ID number with as many leading zeroes as are necessary to make the number 8 digits, strung together, no spaces. Your password is your last name.
Example (for Jane Doe):
Username JD00001234 Password: Doe
Once you have gained access, you may choose "Certificates" from the menu and enter the criteria you want to view and/or print.
If you do not know your SPR member ID number, find this number on your member record on the SPR website. Go to Member Resources on the SPR website and select "Update Personal Information" in the navigation bar on the right. The Assn Member ID, located near the upper left of the screen, is your SPR member ID.
REMEMBER: The gateway requires an 8-digit number so you will need to add the necessary number of zeroes to the front. If you need assistance in obtaining your SPR member ID, please contact SPR@acr.org
Regional Society Meetings
Pacific Coast Pediatric Radiology Association - August 2-5, 2007 Seattle, Washington - Edgewater Hotel Anyone wishing further details on membership or the meeting can contact Dr. Jana Fahmy.
The three- day Basic Course will review the necessary essential knowledge of heart disease in children and the practical use of MR for functional evaluation. This portion of the course is for SPR Members only.
The two- day Advanced Course will review utilization of MR for heart disease in children and will consist of didactic lectures and free communication sessions.The course is designed for those who are experienced in cardiovascular MR.
Marta Hernanz-Schulman was elected to serve as SPR President for 2007-2008.
Dr. Hernanz-Schulman has been a member of the SPR since the 80's and, before being elected as an officer, served the Society as the two-term Chairman of the Publications Committee. Dr. Hernanz-Schulman invites you to mark your calendars for the 2008 SPR meeting,
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Scottsdale, Arizona May 6-10, 2008
Dr. Hernanz-Schulman is working with Springer and the program production schedule to arrange a later abstract deadline for the 2008 meeting. Look for the abstract deadline announcement next month.
Contrary to Popular belief - there is a f
ree lunch (courtesy of the Workforce Task force and the SPR Board)
An issue that plagues us in every work setting is our workforce shortage. The SPR Workforce Task Force's goal is
to identify both the sources of the shortage and possible solutions. Task Force Chair, Dr. Dorothy Bulas, has several early, common sense, findings to report:
Many residents make the subspecialty decision in the 1st or 2nd years, before they have had significant exposure to pediatric radiology
Human beings are influenced by those they like and respect. We know you are busy (because of the shortage!) but take the time to let your medical students and residents see that you love what you do.
The Task Force has developed a downloadable PowerPoint presentation "Considering Pediatric Radiology For Your Fellowship And Career?"and has combined it with a free pizza lunch. This is the plan:
Download the Presentation from the Members Resources page of the website.
Schedule a luncheon with 1st and 2nd year residents.
Find the smartest, funniest, best-looking pediatric radiologist you know (probably you) and make this presentation at the luncheon.
After the event, tell us how it went, and SPR will reimburse the cost of the lunch (at a rate of $10 per guest up to a maximum of $200.)
This presentation is designed to dispel myths about our specialty and provide residents a glimpse of the unique world of the pediatric radiologist. The presentation was developed by Drs. Ellen Benya, Manrita Sidhu, Marta Schulman with the help of Lisa Lowe and Marc Keller.
To paraphrase SPR's 2007 Gold medalist, Dr. Leonard Swischuk: "Ask anyone why they are in pediatric radiology and the answer will be: they had a mentor."
President, Dr. Marta Hernanz-Schulman, Board Chair, Dr. Marilyn Goske and Society Secretary, Dr. Brian Coley are finalizing the 2007-2008 committee rosters now. The new rosters will be posted on the website, under "About the Society," shortly.
Foundation president, Dr. Ines Boechat, encourages members to plan to apply for seed grant funding. The next deadline is October 15 for funding decisions to be made by December 1 and funding to begin as early as January 1, 2008.
Dr. Boechat reminds members the Seed Grant is designed to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. Any area of radiology-related research is acceptable. annually.
Amount: One-year grant of $10,000 or less to support a specific research project. No salary support will be provided.
Pediatric Thoracic Imaging - New Program soon
The Foundation Board is developing the program details to meet Dr. Jerry Kuhn's donation specifications. Look for a program to be launched in the fall that will honor Drs Felix Fleischner and John Dorst and will recognize excellence in Pediatric Thoracic Imaging. Thanks again to Dr. Kuhn for this wonderful donation.
The Foundation Board is very grateful to the SPR past presidents who have made major gifts to the Foundation since the launch of the Campagin for Children:
Anonymous Past President Diane S. Babcock David Baker Walter E. Berdon Virgil R. Condon Eric L. Effmann Marilyn J. Goske Jerald Pickens Kuhn John F. O'Connor Bruce Parker Stuart A. Royal Edward Bivens Singleton Thomas L. Slovis Hooshang Taybi George A.Taylor Richard B.Towbin Lionel W. Young
If you attended the SPR Business meeting in Miami, you were present for the treat of Dr. David Kushner beating us about the head and shoulders on the topic of pediatric radiologists joining the ACR.
UNCLE….UNCLE! We get it.
We should join the ACR if we care about:
Quality and Safety
Safety (including radiation)
ACR Practice Guidelines & Technical Standards for infants and children
ACR Appropriateness Criteria™
Policy/standards on quality
Expert Consultation for Pediatric Radiology Practice Questions
RADPEER™ for QA -peer review during the routine interpretation.
Government Relations Commission and Departments in Washington, DC.
Capitol Hill and state legislative professionals.
ACR Learning Center at Reston: including simulation training
One-on-One learning labs
Hands-on training with real state of the art equipment
Available as a resource to any member or institution
Continued growth of educational technology
Free access to daily Case in Point
Free access to the CME Gateway to monitor your CME credits earned through participating organizations (including SPR)
ACR Campus ™:Accessible 24 hours a day at http://campus.acr.org ,the ACR Campus ™ offers world-class lecturers and content on the latest topics in medical imaging,all from the convenience of your desktop - including 26 lectures jointly produced by the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the ACR.
Largest clinical trial network in the history of imaging
Largest amount of NIH funding for research in radiology
Inclusion of pediatric imaging research in clinical trials