Chairman's Letter - Summer 2005
Now that we have gotten into the full swing of summer, we can reflect fondly on the memories of SPR 2005 - the great science, the general review in pediatric radiology, the musical tour of New Orleans, the wonderful Mardi Gras parade to our opening reception, and the fabulous Henry Butler Band at the annual banquet. In addition to these memories, the educational materials that we developed for the meeting will provide enduring review of our specialty both for those of us who attended and those of us who could not.
These 2005 Course and Meeting products are available now:
* The 2005 Review course and Workshop syllabus can be ordered using the form included in this mailing and available online at http://pedrad.org/education/258/
* The CD of the cases from the review course and workshops - something that I use to teach every day, can be ordered at http://www.fltwood.com/onsite/spr/2005/. I pop in the CD, and at lull times during resident review, we go over some of the cases. This is a wonderful teaching opportunity.
* For the first time since 1994, SPR captured the entire review course and workshops as a video/audio review. Ordering information is available at http://www.cmeinfo.com/radiology.html CME Info is the company we contracted with to develop and market this product. Please note the product is marketed to the wider radiology community and the SPR Board negotiated a reduced price for Society members.
Dr. George Taylor, SPR President, and I recently finalized the 2005-06 SPR committee roster. As I discussed in my SPR leadership address, we made an attempt to incorporate younger members, mid-level (not middle-aged!) members, and senior members into the committee structure so that we can both develop leadership and benefit from experience.
Included in this mailing is the Nominating Committee's call for suggestions for the slate of officers for 2006. The Committee has a daunting job - looking at the needs of the Society; recognizing prior leadership-level volunteer activity at the committee level and incorporating suggestions from the membership-at-large. Please use your considerable talents and interests to be certain that the SPR leaders chosen will work effectively on behalf of both the specialty and the SPR in the coming years.
We have virtually finalized the arrangements for the ALARA conference which will be in February 2006 in Orlando. Dr. Sue Kaste, chair of the SPR safety committee, has recruited an outstanding faculty to discuss radiation issues with fluoroscopy and interventional radiology/cardiology. In the past four years, the SPR has emerged as a worldwide leader in this important issue and has aggressively brought it to the forefront for all of medicine. I encourage you to attend or send a representative.
I hope all of you are aware of the monthly CME opportunity that can be accessed on-line for our journal, Pediatric Radiology. Each month one review article has ten questions that, if answered correctly, earns one category 1 CME credit for you, with the potential for twelve credits per year. Find this on-line at http://pedrad.org/cme/. Manuscript reviewers for the journal can also obtain up to fifteen credits per year for their review efforts. I have taken advantage of this opportunity every month and have found it a wonderful tool for maintaining CME credits, and for allowing me to focus my attention more directly on the articles of concern. I hope you will take advantage of this SPR-sponsored benefit, and begin monthly to review the CME article. Thanks go again to 2005 Gold medalist, Pediatric Radiology Editor for the Americas, Tom Slovis for his leadership in advancing both of these CME opportunities.
I am happy to report that at this point, the SPR as a vibrant, healthy society. We continue to build the reserves of the SPR Research and Education Foundation, spinning off new projects for research and education that benefit our specialty and our society. Our new strategic initiatives have found their footings and new creativity is bubbling up through this structure. We have never been stronger, and anticipate that this next year will bring us to an even stronger position in our society management, our society leadership, and our research and education efforts.
To each of you a wonderful summer!
Stuart A. Royal, M.S., M.D.
Chairman of the Board
Society for Pediatric Radiology