At the 2003 ESPR Annual Congress in Genoa, a group of young pediatric radiologists founded the Junior ESPR (JESPeR). This taskforce was aimed at radiologists, fellows, and residents with fewer than six years of experience in the field of pediatric radiology. The goals of JESPeR were to increase interest in the field of pediatric radiology, to provide a forum for professional development, and above all to foster a sense of collegiality among its members. Strongly supported by the ESPR, JESPeR has been an unqualified success.
In 2004, JESPeR held the first of its clinical ‘How I Do It’ lectures aimed at junior pediatric radiologists attending the ESPR Congress in Heidelberg. The aim of these lectures was to provide a friendly, more casual environment in which to educate junior pediatric radiologists, one that allowed for an open discussion of the topic. In our initial lecture at the ESPR Congress that year, Dr. Hiorns provided us with a variety of tips and pearls she has found useful when performing pediatric fluoroscopy studies.The following year at the ESPR Congress in Dublin, we shifted gears with an informative lecture by Dr. Chapman with advice on getting a paper published in Pediatric Radiology from his perspective as Managing Editor.
With each subsequent ESPR meeting, JESPeR’s momentum continued to build.Friendships were fostered between junior members, and a sense of our importance to the greater ESPR society began to crystallize.However, JESPeR remained primarily a European concept, with few non-European members.During our Heidelberg meeting, we realized that pediatric radiology is going through a global crisis of continually diminishing numbers of dedicated pediatric radiologists, with fewer residents attracted to the field.This international issue prompted us to start a similar organization across the Atlantic.We began working on creating a Junior Society for Pediatric Radiology group (JSPR) with the enthusiastic support of the SPR.The first fruit of this endeavor was seen at the 2005 SPR Annual Meeting held in New Orleans.There, Dr. Alan Daneman provided junior pediatric radiologists with a lecture outlining his experience in performing and avoiding potential pitfalls associated with pediatric upper GI series for evaluation of malrotation.
2006 sees the international pediatric radiology community convening in Montreal for the IPR Meeting. We are particularly excited about this meeting because it will mark the first time that the concept of a junior pediatric radiology goes global with JESPeR meeting JSPR. This year, we are happy to announce that our annual lecture will be provided by Dr. Diego Jaramillo, Chief of Radiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.His lecture, entitled "Pediatric Musculoskeletal MRI: How I Perform These Studies", will provide us with useful, practical tips and tricks of the trade that he’s acquired over the years, ones that won’t necessarily be found in print. It will be given at 5:30pm on May 17, 2006.After the lecture we hope that both JESPeR and JSPR members will join up for a night on the town, for we believe that social bonding is one of the most important factors that makes attending a congress a memorable experience.Please jot down the date, and pass this on to anyone you know who considers themselves to be a junior pediatric radiologist; with your help, we can help build the SPR’s first Junior Pediatric Radiologist group.
We hope to greet a lot of young pediatric radiologists from around the world at the IPR. (Contact Dr. Rivera using the link below.)