If you are attending the upcoming RSNA meeting, mark your calendar for the SPR Member Reception on Monday, November 26 at 6:30 pm in the Hyatt Conference Center 12BC (the Hotel attached to McCormick Place.) If you wish to print an invitation, click here.
Your medical students, residents and fellows are also always welcome to share a drink and a bite to eat with the members.
Have a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to Chicago. We look forward to seeing you there.
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 - 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 Member Directory - online
If your contact information changes, we ask that you update the SPR office directly by logging in to the SPR website, viewing your profile and making the ncessary updates online. This website process generates an email to the SPR office where staff then makes the changes to the member database.
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
Southern Pediatric Radiology Society begins 2008 Planning
The 2008 Annual Meeting of the SPRS will be held on October 17-19 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. The hotel is located on Capitol Hill, only 3 blocks from the U.S. Capitol and 2 blocks from Union Station.
Plans are well underway for another outstanding meeting. More information will follow soon. In the meantime, please mark your calendars to attend!
The SPR International Outreach Committee, chaired by Dr. Sarah Chilton, has been calling for SPR members to participate in a pilot outreach program - a new voluntary consulting project. This new project has not gone un-noticed. An article in a recent issue of Diagnostic Imaging covered the 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.
The ACR and SPR continue to strengthen their relationship. Part of my responsibility is to convey information between the leaderships of SPR and the ACR as well as from the College to the SPR membership. The following abbreviated summary is from the Fall Board of Chancellors Meeting for the ACR and touches on the issues that the pediatric commission addresses.
At the Chancellors meeting, Chairman Van Moore talked about updates in government relations related to imaging from CHAMPS, SCHIP, and the deficit reduction act (DRA). He also announced that the ACR is developing a “radiologist branding campaign” to help define and clarify the role of radiologists in the delivery of healthcare in the minds of the public. ACR President, Barry Pressman reported on, among other things, the ACR website and the new ACR blog. Executive director, Harvey Neiman gave a comprehensive update of the ACR programs and facilities, including the new learning center which will be in Reston, VA. Treasurer Paul Ellenbogan reported that the College continues to be in sound financial shape. There were also several focus sessions dealing with improving leadership, the topic of “Preserving the Current ACR State Chapter System”, “Membership and Apathy”, and “The Role of Young Physicians” in the College.
The Pediatric Commission Report I presented discussed the development of the Pediatric Radiology Advisory Network (PRAN). Further information on this network of pediatric imaging experts (including an application, if interested) can be found on the SPR website or click here and access directly.
The SPR leadership is pleased that the ACR has joined SPR’s Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging and is an endorsing member of the next ALARA conference, February 23rd-24th in Orlando that will be an interactive session between pediatric radiologists and emergency medicine physicians related to the delivery of imaging care in the emergent setting. Click here for the link to the brochure.
ACR Commission Committee activities include the following:
Quality Committee (Marta Hernanz-Schulman, Chair) – now is involved with all ACR CT guidelines and standards involving children. There has been some discussion about SPR involvement in appropriateness criteria, as well. This provides an expanded author and expertise pool as well as an expanded editing pool and assures that the SPR’s interests are represented on these very important and often cited guidelines.
Safety Committee (Kimberly Applegate, Chair) – Dr. Applegate is extremely active in a number of College activities that directly impact the SPR membership, as well as the radiation safety alliance as described above. This committee may also be heading efforts at pediatric radiology representation in structured reporting.
Education Committee (Sara Abramson, Chair) – The need for accreditation in a number of areas, particularly pediatric cardiac CT and MR is looming. Discussions with the leadership in the College about locations, potential programs, and committee membership to address this issue are ongoing.
Economics Committee (Richard Benator, Chair) Dr. Benator is in the process of contacting all state chapters to assess membership by pediatric radiologists. This is an effort to begin to see if there are shared issues in pediatric imaging economics which would be beneficial to the entire group of chapters. For example, are there successes or failures with the politics of determining Medicaid reimbursement?
Finally, any interested ACR member may contact me or Jennifer Boylan if they wish to help with the various pediatric activities in the College. SPR members who are interested in ACR membership may click here for more information.