The SPR is entering the national stage on the issue of radiation safety in the imaging of children. To prepare for the media contact that may result on this and other topics, we are organizing the PRAN â€“ the Pediatric Radiology Advisory Network. We will share the network with the ACR should the ACR be called to comment on an issue related to our expertise.
Please take a few moments to supply the contact information requested on this downloadable form. Be as detailed as possible about your pediatric radiology interests and expertise. It is sometimes necessary to field media calls about story topics that are very narrowly defined. All contact information will be held in confidence. Thanks!
Workforce Taskforce - Update
Earlier this past summer, Dr. Dorothy Bulas, Chair of SPR Workforce Task Force, announced "The Free Lunch Project" emerging from the Task Force's work. The Free Lunch Project's goal is to directly address the factors that impact the specialty choice decision. This is what the Task Force wants every member to know:
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.
To participate in the Free Lunch Project:
Download the "Considering Pediatric Radiology" PowerPoint Presentation from the Members Resources page of the website. 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 Drs.Lisa Lowe and Marc Keller.
Schedule a luncheon with 1st and 2nd year residents.
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.)
Sample comments from members who have hosted luncheon presentations to date:
Dr. Sharon Stein - Vanderbilt Children's Hospital: "Our residents were enthralled. Many of them said they had no idea about all the other opportunities besides academic institutions. It went VERY well! "
Dr. Sheldon Wiebe - Royal University Hospital - Saskatoon, SASK: "Very well received!"
With apologies to Gandhi - "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
SPR 2008 Dues invoices mailed
2008 dues invoices were mailed several weeks ago; let us know if you did not receive your copy.
SPR List serv Update
It has come to our attention that the SPR Members list serv was not functioning for several weeks (messages sent were not delivered).
If you are a member of the list serv and posed a question or a comment to your colleagues and there was no reaction or answer, do not be insulted. No one received the message!
This ALARA conference is being planned in order to develop appropriate strategies for safe, high quality, and resource conscious imaging evaluation of children treated or having been treated for cancer.
Look for details later this Fall!
Sue C. Kaste, DO, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Karen Schmitt, The Society for Pediatric Radiology (703) 648-0680
Brain Myelination Atlas - Now online SPR Member, Dr. Ed Weinberger of Seattle Children's has provided a link to the online Brain Myelination atlas. Access through the SPR website Member Resources or Education pages or here.
The SPR International Outreach Committee, chaired by Dr. Sarah Chilton, calls for SPR members to participate in a pilot outreach program - a new voluntary consulting project.
The Committee has established a relationship with the Ankgor Children's Hospital in Cambodia. When an Angkor radiology staff member wishes to discuss a case, he will upload the case to mypacs.net and a message will be sent to the new SPR Volunteer list serv inviting them to view the uploaded images (through the provided link) and comment.
If this pilot program is successful, the committee will broaden the scope of the outreach to other institutions.
On behalf of the SPR Research and Education Foundation, Dr. M. Ines Boechat, calls for applications to the following programs:
Seed grant funding. The deadline is October 15 for funding decisions to be made by December 1 and funding to begin as early as January 1, 2008. 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.
Amount: One-year grant of $10,000 or less to support a specific research project. No salary support will be provided.
The SPR REF is accepting applications for the first John Dorst - Felix Fleischner Seed grant in Thoracic Radiology. Standard seed grants rules and conditions apply - research topic must be on pediatric thoracic radiology.
Jack Haller Award for Excellence in Teaching - Nominations due October 30. This award is granted yearly to that individual who has demonstrated the outstanding ability to educate and inspire trainees (medical students, residents, and fellows.) To nominate an individual for this award: Submit complete application packet by email to JBoylan@acr.org by October 30, 2007. Application Packet includes:
One letter of support from a past trainee
One letter of support from a current trainee
Heidi Patriquin International Fellowship for Education - Applications due November 1. This fellowship is designed to subsidize the expenses of one Pediatric Radiologist per year who practices outside of North America to attend the SPR annual meeting.
Award specifications: Pediatric Radiologists who reside and practice outside of North America, who seek to attend the 2008 SPR Annual Meeting for the purpose of education, and are in need of financial support to do so, are eligible candidates for the Patriquin Fellowship.
Application Process: The Fellowship application and award deadline is November 1. The applicant shall submit a copy of the CV and a personal statement. personal statement should address why attending the SPR meeting would be beneficial, professionally and personally.
The applications process will be administered by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. The Fellowship awardee will be chosen by the Board of the R&E Foundation at their meeting in late November.
Letter and CV should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailed, it should be submitted to the address below and received by the deadline:
Heidi Patriquin International Fellowship for Education The SPR Research and Education Foundation 1891 Preston White Drive Reston, VA 20191