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Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)
Canadian Association of Radiologists
73rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Mark Your Calendars Now!

April 22 to 25, 2010
Montréal, Québec


HIGHLIGHTS

 

An Update from your Canadian Association of Radiologists - May 2009

Your CAR Annual General Meeting

Your CAR Board of Directors and Officers

CAR’s 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting

CAR’s 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting

Guidelines Interest Continues to Grow!

CAR Guidelines and Standards for Cardiac CT

CAR Journal

Your Voice to Governments

Reminders



An Update from your Canadian Association of Radiologists - May 2009

Your CAR has much to report to you so we will jump right in!

Your CAR Annual General Meeting
The CAR’s Annual General Meeting was held on April 25 during the CAR 72nd Annual Scientific meeting in Montréal. We are pleased to advise that the membership adopted the new CAR By-laws, resolution for the head office, your 2009-2010 CAR Board of Directors (more below), the 2008 Audited Financial Statements and Gary G. Timmons as our 2009 auditor. The membership also heard reports from CAR President Dr. David Vickar, CAR CEO Adele Fifield, and Canadian Radiological Foundation President Dr. Richard Rankin.

As the CAR AGM also serves as the CAR chapter meeting for the American College of Radiology, Dr. David Vickar updated members on our valuable relationship with the ACR, followed by comments from Dr. Greg Butler who has represented the CAR at the ACR for many years. The CAR extends its deepest gratitude to Dr. Butler, whose term with the ACR is ending, for his unwavering commitment to advancing the CAR nationally and internationally.

Your CAR Board of Directors and Officers
We are pleased to announce the members of your 2009-2010 Board of Directors, which was unanimously approved by CAR members at the Annual General Meeting.

We are also pleased to announce your CAR 2009-2011 Officers of the CAR Board of Directors, unanimously agreed upon by the CAR Board, which includes the addition of Dr. Jacques Lévesque of Québec City as your new Vice President.

Dr. Ted Lyons, your new President, shares “I am committed over the next two years to continuing to advance the role of radiologists as consultants who are an integral part of the healthcare team, and to position the CAR as the national voice of radiology, within Canada and on the international stage.

Ted Lyons
President Dr. David Vickar welcomes
Dr. Ted Lyons as your new CAR President

We welcome your new Board members and Officers, and extend deepest gratitude to Board members who this year finished their term on the CAR Board: Drs. Robert Miller (Past President), George Andrew, Richard Aucoin, Lisa Ehrlich, Brian Hardy and Melina Warren. All these volunteers tirelessly serve your CAR, ensuring the CAR remains relevant and attentive to the issues critical to Canadian radiology.

Robert Miller
President Dr. David Vickar honours Past President
Dr. Bob Miller for his dedication to the CAR

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CAR’s 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting
The CAR’s 72nd Annual Scientific meeting (ASM), held in Montréal, April 23-26, was a tremendous success, with an impressive nearly 350 attendees and an expanded Exhibition space for our important industry sponsors.

Keynote speaker Dr. James Thrall, Chairman of the American College of Radiology, set the tone for the meeting speaking to the globalization of radiology and the importance of radiologists positioning themselves as physician consultants who are an integral part of the clinical team.

New features around this year’s ASM included a CAR Guidelines Symposium which preceded the ASM and a highly-popular CT Colonography hands-on workshop.

At the Annual Dinner and Awards Gala, awards were presented for Educational Abstracts, Scientific Posters, and Residents Presentations. The judges commented on the difficulty in choosing winners given the exceptional caliber of the entries. Our congratulations to all the winners.

Special congratulations are extended to Dr. Michael Patlas of the Hamilton General Hospital who was named the CAR’s 2009 Young Investigator Award recipient during the gala.

Dr. Michael Patlas
President Dr. David Vickar congratulates 2009 Young
Investigator Award winner Dr. Michael Patlas

Thank you to our volunteer 2009 ASM Staff Working Group who worked with CAR staff over the last year – Drs. Bruce Forster (Chair), Céline Bard, Raquel del Carpio, Phyllis Glanc and Willie Miller. Kudos!!

CAR’s 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting
Inspired by comments on the 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting like “one of the best, if not the best, CAR meeting ever,” the CAR plans to build on this momentum for the 2010 Annual Scientific meeting which will be held in Montréal from April 22-25. Next year’s theme is The Future of Radiology: Time and Information Management. Mark Your Calendars Now!

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Guidelines Interest Continues to Grow!
CAR Guidelines Symposium – The CAR Guidelines Symposium – Implementing Appropriateness Guidelines in Diagnostic Imaging: Pooling National Knowledge took place on April 23. Highlighting the numerous guidelines projects undertaken in various provinces, the Symposium was a huge success with 80 participants from across Canada, including government officials, hospital administrators, physicians and researchers all involved in or interested in facilitating the electronic application of guidelines. The CAR is uniquely positioned as a national leader who can bring real and positive change to the provision of Canadian healthcare by promoting the best test first.

Conferences – The CAR is frequently sought on the national and international stage to share its work on incorporating CAR Guidelines into physician order entry software. In the last six months, Guidelines Working Group Chair Dr. Martin Reed and CAR Presidents have presented  CAR Guidelines initiatives at the Guidelines International Networkmeeting in Helsinki, the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna,  an International Radiology Quality Network meeting in Vienna, a meeting of international organizations  held during the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, and the national Taming of the Queue conference in Ottawa.

CAR Guidelines and Standards for Cardiac CT
We are pleased to announce the CAR Guidelines and Standards for Cardiac Computed Tomography. This Board Working Group continues its work and is currently collaborating with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society on training standards which will complement this important document.

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CAR Journal
The CAR Journal is a valued benefit of your CAR membership. Under the care of Dr. Craig Coblentz, CARJ Editor from 1999-2009, the CAR journal proved to be a mainstay in Canadian radiology and grew to include features such as an electronic CARJ.  We extend our deepest appreciation to Dr. Coblentz, who is passing on the torch of editorship, for his tremendous contributions to CARJ over the last decade! We were pleased to honour Dr. Coblentz at the recent ASM.

Dr. Craig Coblentz
President Dr. David Vickar thanks Craig Coblentz who
was your CAR Journal editor over the last 10 years

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Coblentz is handing over the reins of the CARJ to competent hands. Dr. Peter Munk has been selected as the new Editor of the CARJ and is already busy transitioning to this challenging and exciting role. Congratulations Dr. Munk!

Your Voice to Governments
Health Canada and the Standing Committee on Health – In March, President Dr. David Vickar, Guidelines Working Group Chair Dr. Martin Reed, and CEO Adele Fifield met with officials within the Health Human Resources division of Health Canada. In April, President Ted Lyons and CEO Adele Fifield met with policy officials in Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s office. The CAR will next appear before the Standing Committee on Health, likely in May, as it hears from organizations on issues around Health Human Resources. 

Opposition Health Critic – In April, President Ted Lyons and CEO Adele Fifield also met with Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP and Opposition Critic on Health.

The CAR’s attention to crucial issues around quality assurance, increasing demands on radiologists, changing practices of radiologists, scopes of practice of technologists, the use of imaging guidelines to more appropriately manage imaging resources,  are all areas on which federal government officials are eager to hear from the CAR.

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Reminders
Your CAR Fees Now Due! - Your CAR is only as strong as its membership! Membership renewals have been sent to current CAR members. If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so either online, or by calling 613-860-3111, ext 204 or sending a cheque to the CAR office.

Donate to your Canadian Radiological Foundation - The CRF, your charitable foundation, has just completed a valuable study entitled Medical Imaging in Northern Canada: a Snapshot in Time about which you will hear more in the weeks ahead. It can only carry out such important projects with your support. Please donate to your CRF when you pay your CAR dues or at anytime through the CAR office.

An Upcoming CME Event- The CAR partners with the University of Ottawa to bring you continuing professional development opportunities. Check out the upcoming Musculoskeletal Imaging Update  to be held in Montréal, July 10-12.

Volunteer for the CAR - The CAR is its members. Thank you to the many volunteers currently active in the CAR. Still, we need more of you!

We continue to seek volunteers to be reviewers for the Mammography Accreditation Program.

We also still seek volunteers to update the 2005 CAR Guidelines in the areas of: Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Thoracic System, Gastrointestinal System, Trauma, Cancer, Pediatrics, and Breast Disease. A short time commitment over a few weeks is required for each guidelines section.

And we still seek volunteers to update or create CAR Standards on Breast Imaging, Standard MRI, Standard CT, and Radiation Protection.  A time commitment of up to six months (or perhaps longer for some) is commonly required for the development of a CAR Standard.

Please email Tom Butterworth, CAR Director of Technical Programs, at tbutterworth@car.ca to volunteer in your area(s) of expertise!

Our warmest regards,

Adele Fifield, O.Ont., CAE, B.A., B.Ed.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Association of Radiologists

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