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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

Mark Your Calendar – CAR 2010 ASM

CAR CT Colonography Simulation Workshop – 2010

RSNA Canadian Reception

Volunteer as a CAR e‑Newsletter Editor

Volunteers still needed for CAR Accreditation Programs, Standards and Guidelines

New CAR By‑laws Approved

Order Your NSF Poster Now

A Synopsis of CAR Quality Assurance Initiatives

Your Canadian Radiological Foundation

Some Recent Meetings

Your CAR Dues – Please pay NOW

A Snapshot of your 2009–2010 Board of Directors

An Update from your Canadian Association of Radiologists
September 2009

Mark Your Calendar for the CAR 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting

With a theme of The Future of Radiology: Time and Information Management, the CAR's Annual Scientific Meeting will take place April 22–25 at the Hyatt Regency, Montréal.

Keynote Speakers include: Dr. Paul Chang of the University of Chicago School of Medicine and Dr. Elliott Fishman of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine of Baltimore.

Scientific program tracks will include: CT Coronary Angiography, Neuroradiology/CNS Tumours, Obstetrical Ultrasound, Body Imaging, Breast Imaging, Case–Based Learning, The Plain Radiograph Revisited, PACS Mini–Symposium, Residents Review, Resident Awards, and more...

Sister events around the ASM will include:

April 21 – MIIT (Medical Imaging Informatics and Technology) conference
April 22/23 – CAR International Guidelines Symposium
April 21/22 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support course for radiologists

 

CAR CT Colonography Simulation Workshop – 2010

The CAR, in collaboration with the British Columbia Radiological Society, will hold a continuing professional development course on CT Colonography from March 5–7, 2010 in Vancouver. Mark your calendars now – more information will follow!

A second CT Colonography Simulation Workshop will be held in the fall 2010 in Quebec – more information will follow.

Check out other upcoming CME events on the meetings page of the CAR website.

 

RSNA Canadian Reception

As is tradition, CAR will host a Canadian Reception during the RSNA meeting in Chicago. It will be held on Sunday, November 29 from 6:30–8:00pm in the Crystal Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton (17 East Monroe St.). RSVP to Elise Catudal at events@car.ca or 613 860–3111, ext. 205 by November 18 if you are able to attend (you may bring guests and colleagues, however please advise the CAR). We look forward to seeing many of you there!

 

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Volunteer as a CAR e–Newsletter Editor!

The CAR wishes to expand its e–communications to include a quarterly e–newsletter which, in addition to containing updates from the CAR, will also include 1) a section on national and international radiology trends and issues and 2) news from provinces (via our provincial radiology association colleagues). We are currently seeking two volunteer editors, one editor for each of these two sections. If you are interested in filling this critical volunteer role within the CAR, please contact Josée Roy–Pilon at jroy-pilon@car.ca or 613–860–3111, ext 203.

 

Volunteers still needed for CAR Accreditation Programs, Standards and Guidelines

Thank you to the many volunteers currently active in the CAR. Without you, there is no CAR. Still, we need more of you!

We continue to seek volunteers with digital mammography capabilities in particular 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 and Pediatrics. A short time commitment over a few weeks is required for each guidelines section.

With increasing public attention on quality in healthcare, CAR Standards are crucial. The CAR is still seeking volunteers to work on CAR standards for: Standard CT; Radiation Protection; Interventional Radiology; GI Standards; and Pediatric Standards. Standards Working Groups require a limited time commitment of on average six months depending on the task.

To volunteer on one of these CAR Working Groups or to learn more, please contact Tom Butterworth at tbutterworth@car.ca or 613–860–3111, ext 202.

 

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New CAR By–laws Approved

We are pleased to share that the new CAR by–laws presented at the 2009 Annual General Meeting (with a couple of minor changes requested by Industry Canada) received ministerial approval from Industry Canada on July 15. Please refer to the CAR's new By–laws on the CAR member–only website or call the office to receive a copy by mail.

 

Order Your NSF Poster Now!

The CAR has produced a bilingual poster on its guidelines for Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis to complement its NSF Advisory. Contact info@car.ca or 613–860–3111, ext 0 to obtain a poster. Please also share information on the poster with your colleagues who might like to order one or even a supply for a healthcare centre.

 

A Synopsis of CAR Quality Assurance Initiatives

In meetings over the summer with governments and funding agencies, including the Federal and Quebec governments and Canada Health Infoway, the CAR has continued to highlight the importance of its quality assurance initiatives, including our work with diagnostic imaging referral guidelines. Governments and agencies are extremely interested in the responsible approach to imaging care that you, as radiologists, are taking through the CAR. Here are a couple of documents that provide a synopsis of the messages we share on your behalf:

The CAR Enhancing Quality Assurance in Radiology Care

The Best Test First: the CAR Improving the Use of Imaging

 

Your Canadian Radiological Foundation

The CRF's report Medical Imaging in Northern Canada: A Snapshot in Time was publicly released on July 15 in Yellowknife, NWT, with a presentation by Dr. Bill Mason of the CRF Board during the 14th International Congress of Circumpolar Health. Only your support will allow the CRF to continue such great work, so please donate to the CRF when you pay your CAR dues or at anytime through the CAR office.

 

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Some Recent Meetings

The CAR at FMRAC

Dr. Bob Miller represented the CAR at the annual meeting of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada on June 15 in Halifax. The meeting focussed on the value of a national physician registry and licensure and provided an opportunity to highlight numerous issues of relevance to radiologists on this topic including the importance of national standards of practice.

Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Medical Isotopes

The CAR remains active weekly on this Health Canada advisory group to help address the medical imaging challenges resulting from the restriction of medical isotope supply resulting from the shutdown of the Chalk River reactor (which now will be down into the first quarter of 2010). In addition to our presentation to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources on June 9 on which we previously reported to you, CAR President Dr. Ted Lyons gave a presentation on September 9 to the Expert Review Panel on Medical Isotope Production which is assessing proposals submitted by the private and public sectors for alternatives to producing Molybdenum–99/Technetium–99m.

CAR at Radiology and Medical Meetings

CAR President Dr. Ted Lyons has represented the CAR at numerous radiology and other medical meetings in recent months including the annual meetings of CIRA, CAMRT and the CMA (the later where we also attended meetings of the Specialist Forum of other national specialty societies and the Wait Time Alliance). The CAR will attend meetings with other national medical organizations and provincial radiology associations throughout the fall. Such collaborations are essential for the CAR to fill its role as the national voice of radiology in Canada.

The CAR and Industry Working Together

The provision of healthcare in Canada, as in any country, is unquestionably a system of partnerships, a system the CAR reflects in its operation. Consulting with our industry colleagues is extremely important as the CAR works to promote the best radiology care possible for Canadians.

With that in mind, Past President Dr. David Vickar gave a presentation on August 19 to the diagnostic imaging committee of MEDEC, the national association representing Canadian medical technology companies.

In addition, the CAR held a successful CAR and Industry Roundtable entitled Working Together for the Health of Canadians on September 10 in Ottawa where representatives of eight imaging companies took part in an exchange with the CAR leadership (Presidents and CEO).

 

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Your CAR Dues – Please pay NOW!

Your CAR is only as strong as its membership! If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so either online, or by calling Chantale Bessette at 613–860–3111, ext 204.

 

A Snapshot of your 2009–2010 Board of Directors

Here is a photo of your Board of Directors taken when the Board visited the CAR office during its September 2009 Board meeting.

CAR Board

Read more about your CAR Board members online.

Our warmest regards,


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

 
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