May 2009 Email Newsletter
- SPR website debuts "Unknown Case (of the Fortnight?)"
- News from SPR 2009
- SPR offers new Radiation Safety Teaching Materials
- ARRS offers free access to Spring 2009 issue of digital journal InPractice
- The Mystery of the CME Gateway
- Image gently updates
SPR website debuts "Unknown Case (of the Fortnight?)"
Visit the homepage of SPR online to offer your answer for the posted Unknown case. Each will be posted for two weeks (hence the suggested name.) As mentioned in a prior member email, we will announce new posted cases to the entire membership for a total of three cases.This is the second. After that, only those who have asked to me notified will receive the message.
Visit the SPR website homepage or click on this link to view the current unknown case: http://www.pedrad.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=504. Once there, you can submit your answer to the current case AND view past cases. Just click on each image to view the entire case. Past cases will also have a discussion of the disease. Encourage your residents and fellows to participate as well!
At next year's SPR meeting, the winner with the most correct responses will be recognized with a prize. Residents/fellows will be judged separately from attendings.
So, would you like to be included in the email list to be notified when a new case is posted? If so, reply to this e-mail adding "yes" to the subject line. Of course, any SPR member can participate simply by visiting the website.
News from SPR 2009
Congratulations to 2009 Caffey Award-winning Paper and Poster authors. Access the complete list here:
Congratulations to Drs. Mike Callahan and Avrum Pollock for their election to the 09-10 Nominating Committee.
SPR members elected the 08-09 Nominating Committee's slate. The members of the 2009-10 Board of Directors are:
M. Ines Boechat, MD, FACR,
Chair Neil Johnson, MD, President
Dorothy I. Bulas MD, President-elect
Donald P. Frush MD, First VP
Sue C. Kaste, DO, Second VP
Brian D. Coley, MD, Secretary
Richard A. Barth, MD, Treasurer
James S. Donaldson, MD, Secretary-elect
Brent H. Adler, Treasurer-elect
Ronald A. Cohen, MD
Taylor Chung MD
Paul Babyn, MD
Peter Strouse, MD
Harris Cohen, MD
George A. Taylor MD, Past President
Marilyn J. Goske, MD, Past President
Marta Hernanz-Schulman MD, Past President
Thomas L. Slovis, MD, Ex officio, Editor
Mary R. Board Wyers, MD, Ex officio
J. Damien Grattan-Smith, MBBS, Ex officio SCORCH
Chris Cassady, MD Ex officio AAP
If you attended the recent Annual Meeting & Postgraduate Course and have not already done so, we ask you to evaluate the program on line. The survey is an anonymous, on-line survey and can be accessed via the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=JkhXQQrvSec_2b1lNLmTG07Q_3d_3d or from the SPR home page at www.pedrad.org . We thank you for taking the time to help improve SPR meetings and courses in the future.
A number of the faculty from the recent SPR Annual Meeting provided handouts from their sessions. These materials are linked on the Meetings page of the SPR website and are accessible by entering the password password123."
Many of the scientific poster authors have provided a PDF of their exhibits; also posted on the Meetings page of the SPR website and accessible by entering the password "password123."
Constituency Groups met at SPR
Committee Chairs Meeting - Twenty-four committee chairs and Board members met on Wednesday, April 22 to share plans and identify possible areas for collaboration. Among the agenda topics was the need to collaborate on member surveys as several committees wish to survey the membership in the next few months. The chairs are now looking for ways to combine surveys to serve multiple purposes. Look for a survey from the Fetal Imaging Committee soon.
Fellowship Directors - In a meeting led by Fellowship directors, Drs. Mike Callahan and Ellen Benya, Directors listened to updates from ABR Trustee, Dr. Janet Strife. The Fellowship Directors expressed concern about training and certification changes that will result in residents receiving less exposure to pediatric radiology not only in the first two years of training but in the entire training period. The group had two concerns:
Since most agree that subspecialty choice is made during this brief window, this change could result in fewer residents choosing pediatric radiology and
Since most children are treated by non-pediatric radiologists, this change may result in their being less prepared to handle children's' specific needs.
The SPR leadership will formally express these concerns to the ABR following the meeting.
SPR offers new Radiation Safety Teaching Materials
As the organizing member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, SPR continues to take a leadership role in reaching new audiences who could benefit from heightened awareness of the need to lower radiation dose on the imaging of children. The newest resource: a PowerPoint presentation, lecture and teaching notes for members to use in their contact with medical students. This material, developed by Dr. Tom Slovis, is available for download on the SPR Members page of the website.
ARRS offers free access to Spring 2009 issue of digital journal InPractice
ARRS, a member of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, has offered complimentary access to an abridged version of the Spring 2009 issue of InPractice, which focuses on pediatric radiation exposure. Access the issue here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/arrs/inpractice_2009spring_abridged
Some SPR resources are member benefits so they are posted on the Members Resources pages of the SPR website OR are password-protected and can be found on the site's logical organizational site tabs. These include access to:
the first Society-sponsored PQI module on VCUG EXAMINATIONS
Handouts from prior SPR courses
Posters from Prior SPR meetings
If you seek to access content and are told it is password-protected, the password will be found on the Members Resources page.
The Mystery of the CME Gateway
The CME gateway is an important online service that requires yet another username/ password. Please note: for the Gateway, usernames and passwords are machine-generated and different than what you have established for your SPR website login.
If you want to understand the reason, keep reading this paragraph. If you only want to know what to do, skip to the next bullet. For SPR to participate in the CME Gateway, we are required to provide CME data to RSNA (the owner of the Gateway) using a standard process including a unique, non-changing ID for every participant. Since the Gateway is the repository of CME data from multiple sources, and it is likely that every participant will have CME from several of those sources (RSNA, ACR, ARRS, SPR, etc.), a crucial requirement of the system is to accurately link each participant's records from all the sources available to the Gateway identity. The good news is that only have to link your SPR records (and others) to your Gateway identity once.
To link your SPR CME records to your Gateway identity, do the following: Visit www.cmegateway.org .
If it is your first time on the Gateway, create a Gateway username and password.
If it is not your first time, login to the Gateway.
Once you are logged into the Gateway, access your SPR CME records by selecting "Organizations" and registering your SPR records username and password with the site.
The username is the first initial of your first name, the first initial of your last name, and your SPR member ID number with leading zeroes, strung together, no spaces. So, for "Jane Doe," that would be JD0000XXXX
Your SPR member ID number appears on your member record on the website. To locate: 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. Note: The Gateway requires an 8-digit number so add the necessary number of zeroes at the front.
The password is your last name: Doe
Once you have entered these into the Gateway, you may choose "Certificates" from the menu and enter the criteria you want to view and/or print.
Remember - once you have linked your SPR records identity to your Gateway identity, you do not need to do it again. From here on, your Gateway login will grant access to your SPR CME records.
Image gently updates
SPR members continue to be actively involved in Campaign activities:
Translation efforts underway: SPR volunteers have translated basic image gently resources in Chinese, Spanish and Turkish. Additional teams are translating resources in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, and Tagalog. Access the translated resources at the "International Resources" button on the image gently website (www.imagegently.org.) The International Outreach effort of the Campaign is led by Dr. Kimberly Applegate.
If you are multi-lingual in a language not yet represented in the list above and you'd like to participate, contact us to offer your help.
Thanks are due to the ASRT Graphic Arts Department, led by Ceela McElveny. When ASRT leaders graciously offered design services for the Parent Information brochures, nobody knew the Campaign would ultimately produce those items in up to 12 (and counting) languages!
Drs. Don Frush and Kimberly Applegate will speak about pediatric radiation safety at the World Health Organization meeting in Korea in June.
Alliance Steering Group members, Dr. Marilyn Goske, Dr. Kimberly Applegate, and Keith Strauss will speak at the Conference of Radiation Control Protection Directors' meeting in Columbus, Ohio May 18-21, 2009.
On April 1, Dr. Marilyn Goske and Keith Strauss spoke at the International Electrotechnical Commission meeting on justification for variable size phantoms for more accurate dose capture for children.
Keith Strauss, Dr. Don Frush and Penny Butler of the ACR continue to work with MITA (Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance) on pursuing measures to standardize nomenclature across vendors and more accurate dose display for children.