CAR Resident Section Update

CAR Resident Section Update

CAR Resident Section forges ahead in work on behalf of residents across Canada

Since taking over the role of CAR Resident Representative in April 2016, nothing has been more personally enjoyable than working closely with our talented resident cohort to realize the vision of the CAR Resident Section.

In Summer 2016, we published the first national Radiology Fellowship Database, which contains over 100 Canadian Fellowships, representing nearly every program in the country. It can be searched by program and subspecialty.

Working closely with the CAR, we also recently launched RADCareers, Canada’s first national radiology jobs database. The Resident Section is collaborating with the CAR to market the site, and to raise awareness of its benefits for employers and job seekers alike. Our vision is that RADCareers will become a networking site, where applicants can upload their CVs and receive regular updates about job postings in their region or specialty of interest, and where employers can be notified about potential applicants for their postings.

We remain very active in our work to improve the Canadian radiology residency experience while enhancing the visibility of the CAR. Here are some highlights:

  • We have developed a medical student network with representatives from every active Radiology Interest Group across the country
  • We have grown our online presence on our website, Twitter, and Facebook
  • In the coming months, we will we will publish a Transition to Radiology document
  • We continue to update the Fellowship Database annually
  • We are drafting a Royal College exam outline
  • We are actively contributing to developing a new CAR website which will make access to resident content easier
  • We have implemented your suggestions to grow the number of resident-specific sessions at the Annual Scientific Meeting
  • We are advocating for the resilience of radiology through our involvement in the CAR Day on the Hill, and through our participation in a letter campaign to the Federal Government prior to the Standing Committee on Finance’s decision regarding group tax structure
  • We are working to help make the CARJ more relevant to Canadian residents and fellows
  • We are now sitting on 10 of 26 active CAR Working Groups, and we are contributing to our international relations by sitting on committees for both the ACR and RSNA.

As you can see, we have been working hard to meet your needs, based on our national 2015 Resident Survey. I have been gratified by your feedback regarding the positive footprint we are leaving throughout the Canadian radiology community, and beyond!

Looking ahead, we will continue our forward progress. I am confident it will include more involvement from interested medical students across the country, in addition to possible expansion into a Resident and Fellows Section.

Thank you, sincerely, for your time and support. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at mitch.wilson@ualberta.ca with any thoughts, comments, or questions as we develop products and services relevant and useful for Canadian radiology residents.

Yours truly,

Mitch Wilson

Chair, CAR Resident Section

 

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