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Meeting Overview

The CAR 77th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) took place from April 24 to 27, 2014 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Quebec.

The theme of the event was Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time: Appropriate Imaging Utilization. The comprehensive program, which featured an impressive roster of national and international speakers, covered relevant topics for today’s radiologists and radiologists-in-training.

Among the excellent speakers, this year's keynote speakers were:

Dr. Ella Kazerooni
University of Michigan Health System

Dr. Alec J. Megibow
NYU Langone Medical Center

MSK Live Ultrasound Simulation Workshop

The CAR was proud to have once again offered its MSK Live Ultrasound Simulation Workshop. Meeting participants had the opportunity to participate in this half-day workshop, which featured focused didactic lectures on the ankle tendons and ligaments and live scanning demonstrations. Hands-on training was also offered with dedicated instructors and real patient models. The workshop took place in the morning of Friday April 25, 2014 and had limited attendance in order to allow for dedicated practice sessions. 

Radiologists who registered for the CAR 77th ASM were given the opportunity to enrol for this workshop. Course enrolment was limited and required an additional fee of $100. The workshop enrolment fee was donated to the Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) in the participants' names and an official tax receipt was issued.

For Residents & Young Radiologists

Resident Review

The resident review has become a full track day over the past two years and has been well received by all attendees. Over 150 cases were presented as "unknowns" and reviewed through the course of the sessions. The cases covered a broad spectrum and included both practical and unusual cases in the areas of MSK, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, abdominal MRI, pediatrics and mammography. The Resident Review sessions were geared towards both residents and practicing radiologists.

Resident Hot Seat Sessions

These were small group sessions tailored for PGY2 to PGY4 residents. During the Hot Seat sessions, an expert radiologist presented cases to a small group (maximum of 6 residents each). The purpose was to enhance oral case presentation skills in preparation for the Royal College exams. The residents rotated through cases, got on-the-spot feedback, and also learned from their peers.

In the past few years, residents having attended the Hot Seat sessions have benefitted tremendously from the cases, their interactions with faculty and the one-on-one attention. Many in their early residency found that the sessions helped to realize the scope of radiology and what is expected as they progress through residency. Senior residents found the cases very helpful to reaffirm teaching points and help tailor their final years of studying.

Young Radiologists

A special track dedicated to young radiologists, both those in training and those in early practice, took place on Saturday afternoon. 

Among the topics presented by excellent speakers, of particular interest to participants were those addressing work-life balance, leadership, aligning for academic promotions, and the importance of continuing professional development. Young radiologists received time-proven, sound and common-sense advice from leaders with personal experience.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the meeting, participants should have been able to:

  1. Integrate principles of appropriateness of imaging requests into clinical practice. (CanMEDS Role: Health Advocate)
  2. Adopt an evidence-based approach to common radiologic findings to enable the formulation of an appropriate differential diagnosis. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  3. Choose an appropriate imaging modality to investigate patients with acute abdominal pain. (CanMEDS Roles: Health Advocate, Scholar)
  4. Describe an appropriate algorithm for the management of acute chest pain in the emergency department due to acute coronary syndrome and acute pulmonary embolism according to the current guidelines, including special patient groups. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  5. Approach ultrasound examination of the ankle tendons and ligaments systematically and identify related pathology. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  6. Recognize the chest radiographic findings of the most common infectious, cardiovascular and interstitial lung diseases. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  7. Describe selected common head and neck disease processes encountered in community and academic practice, as well as important pathologies and their key distinguishing imaging features. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  8. Apply the current recommendations regarding the investigation and follow-up of cystic adnexal masses and endometrial anomalies discovered at imaging. (CanMEDS Roles: Health Advocate, Professional)
  9. Identify and avoid common blind spots and recognize and avoid common misinterpretations in each of the following subspecialties: neuroradiology, MSK, abdominal and chest imaging. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Professional)
  10. Demonstrate improved proficiency in the diagnosis of common and atypical conditions in pediatric radiology. (CanMEDS Role: Scholar)
  11. Demonstrate competence in specific updated referral practices for the main breast imaging modalities. (CanMEDS Role: Health Advocate)
  12. Demonstrate that professionalism involves a wide array of responsibilities to oneself, to colleagues, to patients, to one’s institution and to society. (CanMEDS Role: Professional)
  13. List strategies to improve work/life balance. (CanMEDS Role: Professional)
  14. Contrast the pros and cons of structured/itemized reporting in diagnostic radiology. (CanMEDS Role: Communicator)
  15. Apply enhanced point-of-care, hepatic and obstetric ultrasound skills. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  16. Discuss the differential diagnoses of common pathologies in a selection of multimodal, multidisciplinary cases. (CanMEDS Roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)


Registration Rates


 Registration Type

Regular Rate

CAR Member $845
CAR Member – 1 day $530
Residents – CAR Member $240
DI Fellows – CAR Member $240
Medical Student – CAR Member $240
Non-member Participant $1050
Non-member Participant – 1 day $660
Technologist $525
Technologist – 1 day $335



The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) 77th Annual Scientific Meeting is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and approved by the CAR for a maximum of 19 credit hours.

Participants in the Live Ultrasound Simulation Workshop – Approach to Ankle Tendons and Ligaments are eligible to claim a maximum of 9 credit-hours (3 credits per hour) under Section 3 of the RCPSC MOC program. The RCPSC recording system automatically converts the credit-hours for this workshop to 3 credits per claimed hour (i.e., 3 hours x 3 credits = 9 credit-hours).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA credits can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Participants can document their learning in the RCSPC MAINPORT portal at http://www.royalcollege.ca.

Participants should only claim the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


No responsibility is assumed by the CAR for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in materials distributed or described during presentations throughout the CAR 77th Annual Scientific Meeting. Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences, in particular, independent verification of diagnoses and drug dosages should be made.

Although all advertising material on location and in print is expected to conform to ethical (medical) standards, inclusion in this event does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of such product or of the claims made of it by its manufacturer and representatives.