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Meeting Overview

The CAR 79thAnnual Scientific Meeting will take place from April 14 to 17, 2016, at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Quebec.

The theme of the event is Imaging in an Era of Comparative Effectiveness – How to Stay Relevant.

The CAR Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) Working Group is preparing a dynamic and timely scientific program articulated around the complementary notions of efficacy and appropriateness, and the role of the radiologist in times of rapid technological advances.

Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to present our keynote speakers for the 2016 ASM:

Ricardo C. Cury, MD, FAHA, FSCCT, FACC – Dr. Cury is Chairman of Radiology and Director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health South Florida and Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. He is also Vice-Chairman of Radiology at Radiology Associates of South Florida. Dr. Cury is a practicing non-invasive cardiovascular radiologist and an internationally recognized expert invited to speak about Cardiac CT and MRI throughout the world.

Douglas S. Katz, MD, FACR, FASER, FSAR – Dr. Katz is Director of Body Imaging and Vice-Chair of Clinical Research and Education in the Department of Radiology of Winthrop-University Hospital, a teaching hospital located in Mineola, NY. Dr. Katz is also Professor of Radiology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He has published and lectured widely on CT of the Abdomen and Chest, and on General Abdominal, Pelvic and Thoracic Radiology. We look forward to hearing him speak on related topics, with a particular focus on evidence-based learning. 

Simulation Workshop – Emergency / Trauma Radiology Hands-On Case-Based Review

Meeting participants are offered an opportunity to take part in an Emergency / Trauma Radiology Hands-On Case-Based Review Simulation Workshop.  The workshop, featuring dual-energy CT, is designed to provide practising radiologists an intensive hands-on experience reviewing and interpreting traumatic and non-traumatic emergency cases. It is structured to motivate a case-based learning environment with participants reviewing real cases on PACS workstations.

The pre-registered attendees will have the opportunity to review over 80 emergent examinations covering all organ systems and modalities commonly encountered in the emergency radiology setting. There will also be short presentations covering key concepts of core curriculum emergency radiology cases. Through participation in multiple interpretation sessions under the supervision of expert faculty, the participants will develop a higher level of expertise and confidence in imaging in an emergency setting.

The simulation workshop is taking place on the morning of Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Participants are able to enrol for this workshop upon registering online for the ASM. A donation of $100.00 to the Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) is required to partake in the workshop. An official tax receipt will be issued.

The number of participants for this workshop is limited in order to maximize participation and enhance the learning experience – be sure to pre-register early to secure your space.


Expanded Resident Track

This year’s Resident Track offers an extensive first-class scientific program for radiologists-in-training, in addition to several sessions to assist residents in understanding potential career choices, including:

  • Post-Residency Career Planning Panel – A unique opportunity for residents to get answers to their most pressing questions regarding starting their career!
  • Resident Case Reviews – Interactive interpretations of conventional and extraordinary cases.
  • Hot Seat Sessions for Residents– Highly rated and useful preparation! An afternoon of small group sessions, requiring on-the-spot interpretations and followed by practical feedback from experts.
  • Career "Hot Topics" Track featuring the following sessions:
  1. Fellowships: How Do I Choose? / Navigating the Application Process – Residents’ choice of fellowship can affect the specialty in which they work, the city and country in which they live, and the job options available to them. In this session, a recent fellowship graduate and a fellowship applicant will offer candid and personal advice about how best residents can approach their fellowship decision.
  2. Mentorship, Networking, Getting “Engaged” and Getting a Job – How to get a job? Who to ask? Where are the opportunities? How to network? These questions and many others will be answered at this career session designed specifically for residents. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask all those burning questions that they were afraid to ask or were uncertain who to ask.


2016 CAR ASM Contests

The CAR will hold the following four contests as part of the ASM:

Click here for more information on the contests. Additional details on submitting an abstract may be found on the Call for Abstracts FAQ page.

Note: the abstract submission deadline was January 12, 2016.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the meeting, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of Comparative Effectiveness when determining when to test and which test to select. (CanMEDS roles: Health Advocate, Leader, Professional)
  2. Identify characteristic appearances of common traumatic and non-traumatic pathologies in imaging studies of acute care patients. (CanMEDS role: Scholar)
  3. Identify and avoid common blind spots and recognize and avoid common misinterpretations in each of the following subspecialties: neuroradiology, MSK, abdominal, cardiac, pediatric and breast imaging. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Professional)
  4. Identify the technical and clinical factors that can be optimized in imaging of the obese, critically ill and difficult patient. (CanMEDS roles: Health Advocate, Communicator)
  5. Identify non-medical expert aspects of radiology including mentorship, engagement and career planning and discuss some pearls of clinical wisdom that will assist residents both in radiology training and for examinations. (CanMEDS roles: Leader, Professional)
  6. Describe how targeted neuroimaging protocols and innovative neuroimaging approaches enhance patient care. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  7. List key components of lung cancer screening program. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  8. List three advances in resident education. (CanMEDS roles: Leader, Communicator, Collaborator)
  9. Integrate new concepts and techniques into daily practice from exposure to topics on recent technological advancements in CT. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  10. Recognize the controversies in the diagnosis and management of atypical femoral fractures, accuracy of MRI arthography technique compared to routine 3T MRI and the current MSK intervention (injectables – diagnostic & therapeutic, dry needling and Platelet-Rich Plasma [PRP]). (CanMEDS role: Scholar)
  11. Integrate qualitative aspects in the radiologist’s work flow. (CanMEDS roles: Leader, Collaborator)
  12. Identify dilemmas in imaging and recommend practical solutions based on recent radiological literature. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Leader)
  13. Explain how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED). (CanMEDS role: Health Advocate)
  14. Review current consensus recommendations (where applicable) for the management of incidental findings on abdominal CT and MRI in the pancreas, spleen and vascular system and discuss the evidence behind these guidelines. (CanMEDS roles: Scholar, Health Advocate)
  15. Assess the current practice in managing fetal neuroanatomy during ultrasound, MRI breast and gynecological pathology. (CanMEDS role: Scholar)

At the end of the simulation workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a systematic search pattern for evaluating plain films and MDCT examinations of the multiple-trauma patient.
  2. Recognize common and significant injuries in trauma.
  3. Distinguish potential sources of missed diagnoses and interpretation pitfalls in MDCT of trauma.
  4. Recommend basic technical principles for proper acquisition of CT images in the emergency patient (trauma and non-trauma).
  5. Identify characteristic appearance of various causes of acute abdominal, chest and pelvic emergencies on plain radiography, CT and US.
  6. Appraise fundamental imaging aspects of non-traumatic neurological, and head and neck emergencies.
  7. Review common and uncommon fractures of the upper extremities, lower extremities, and pelvis and spine, with emphasis on the “easily missed” fracture.


Registration Rates

Registration Type Regular Rate
CAR Member $950
CAR Member - 1 day $570
Residents $260
DI Fellows
Medical Student
Non-Member Participant $1,130
Non-Member Participant - 1 day $710
Technologist $565
Technologist - 1 day $360



The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) 79th 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 17.75 credit-hours. Participants in the Emergency / Trauma Radiology Hands-On Case-Based Review Simulation Workshop 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 will automatically convert 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

Participants can document their learning in the RCSPC MAINPORT portal at : www.royalcollege.ca. Participants should only claim the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Click here to access the electronic certificate of attendance for this event.


Outstanding Social Events

  • Opening Cocktail Reception
  • “Martinis and More” Cocktail
  • Reception for Radiologists-in-Training
  • CAR VIV (Very Important Volunteer) Recognition Event
  • CAR Annual Dinner and Awards Gala, including presentation of the prestigious CAR Gold Medal Award and CAR Young Investigator Award


Accommodations and Travel

The 2016 ASM will take place at Le Centre Sheraton in downtown Montreal.

For reservation details, and to book a room at preferred CAR rates of $199 CDN for a standard room and $249 CDN for a Club Level room, please click here and you will be directed to the reservation webpage of Le Centre Sheraton dedicated to 2016 ASM registrants (click the tab labeled "LANGUE" and select "English").

YOU CAN WIN! Delegates who reserve a guest room via the CAR room block at Le Centre Sheraton during the CAR 79th Annual Scientific Meeting are eligible for a draw for a free weekend stay at Le Centre Sheraton. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

This venue is located in the heart of the city, only a short walk from local attractions such as the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Bell Center, the Old Port of Montreal as well as the bustling shopping district on Sainte-Catherine Street where you can find everything from large international retailers to smaller, local shops unique to the city. Access to the Underground City – one of the largest underground complexes in the world connecting shopping centres, museums, restaurants and much more – is steps away from the hotel.

10% Discount on Air Canada Flights
Those booking a flight to Montreal with Air Canada for the CAR 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting can enter the promotional code QBEEQH21 for 10% discount on applicable fares. In order to qualify, flights must take place between April 7 and April 24, 2016.


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