(This report was presented to the Board of Directors during RSNA 2005.)
For the past year, more than 3,000 RSNA members generously contributed their time, professional expertise and personal resources to the Society. Through the service of these volunteers on committees and editorial boards, RSNA's 38,000 members were provided with the highest-quality science and education necessary in the lifelong learning process.
It is with the continued support of RSNA members worldwide that the Society has been able to maintain and strengthen its core values of integrity, excellence, professionalism, leadership, innovation and service to the patient.
In 2005, the Society launched several new projects and refined existing programs to make them more meaningful and efficient. The Board continued discussion toward a five-year vision that focuses on maintenance of certification, education programs and resources, and international outreach. Discussion also began on identifying a series of long-range goals to define a vision for RSNA in 2010.
In undertaking these short- and long-term efforts, the Board intends to ensure that RSNA maintains its commitment to providing excellence in education and resources for our members' professional development, to anticipate and respond to the dramatic changes in medical imaging technology that will affect radiology, and to ensure the strength and continued growth of the organization into the next decade and beyond.
The following represent some of the highlights from 2005. Details about other initiatives in the Society are provided in each of the reports from the committee chairs.
The Society's 91st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting offered a number of technological enhancements and new features. Refresher Courses were reorganized by organ system to provide individuals with a learning experience that closely mirrors today's practice. 136 new courses were presented and course tracks were updated to include cardiac radiology, emerging technologies (molecular imaging), radiology education and vascular radiology. A case-based review in radiation oncology was added to the existing case-based reviews in neuroradiology, pediatric radiology and interventional radiology.
All scientific posters were in electronic format, as were education exhibits in five subspecialties—cardiac radiology, chest radiology, genitourinary radiology, neuroradiology and vascular/interventional radiology. 300 dedicated computers enabled review of the electronic posters and exhibits, and Integrated Science and Practice Sessions were developed to combine presentation of scientific abstracts and education exhibits on a given topic.
The annual meeting featured the first jointly sponsored symposium. The Interventional Oncology Symposium, co-sponsored with the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation, was presented as a "meeting within a meeting" on the state-of-the-art in image-guided oncologic intervention.
The Digital Mammography Training and Self-Assessment Workshop offered at RSNA 2005 represented the first time such as workshop was offered in the United States.
New RSNA Educational Conference
Understanding that busy radiologists cannot all come to Chicago the week after Thanksgiving to attend the RSNA annual meeting, the Board decided to offer a late-winter educational conference beginning in 2007. The educational conference will include selected refresher courses and all of the electronic scientific posters and education exhibits from RSNA 2006.
Maintenance of Certification
In 2005, RSNA expanded and categorized its educational offerings to help members personalize their lifelong learning plans and fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Radiology's maintenance of certification (MOC) program. Subspecialty content codes are now listed with all RSNA educational activities, including in-person courses, online courses and journal articles in RadioGraphics. These codes will be expanded in 2006.
In July 2005, RSNA unveiled its first set of self-assessment modules (SAMs)—a key MOC component—and continued to add new SAMs throughout the year.
A newly formed RSNA Molecular Imaging Committee is helping the Society find ways to integrate molecular and functional imaging science and scientists into appropriate RSNA programs.
A Molecular Imaging Summit, co-sponsored by RSNA and the Society of Nuclear Medicine, was held in Oak Brook, Ill., in April. Leaders from 16 societies made presentations and participated in breakout sessions. They all agreed to a long-term collaboration in such areas as molecular imaging education, research and intersociety relations.
In 2006, RSNA will develop a comprehensive resource list of background materials on molecular imaging, create a molecular imaging zone on the technical exhibits floor at RSNA 2006, create a molecular imaging category for annual meeting abstract submissions, and develop a media briefing on molecular imaging.Publications Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new policy in 2005 requesting that authors of scientific manuscripts based on research funded in whole or in part by NIH release their manuscripts to the public within 12 months of final publication in a journal.
In response to the NIH policy, RSNA has decided to encourage, but not require, authors of articles in Radiology to wait the full 12 months. In addition, the Board decided to provide free online access to Radiology and RadioGraphics after 12 months, rather than the 24 months.
As RadioGraphics celebrated its 25th year of publishing high-quality peer-reviewed educational materials, the RSNA Research & Education Foundation prepared to launch its Silver Anniversary Campaign. The Foundation hopes to raise $15 million by RSNA 2009 so that it can fund 25 percent of worthy grant applications submitted each year.
With so many dedicated and talented volunteers, RSNA has been very fortunate to be able to participate in many new activities and embark on many new projects. The RSNA Board of Directors would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all of our volunteers.
R. Gilbert Jost, M.D.Chairman, 2005 RSNA Board of Directors