The CAR Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group is excited to announce the release of a new EDI toolkit document. This accomplishment is the result of collaborative efforts led by Dr. Charlotte Yong-Hing and the dedicated members of the EDI Working Group. Sincere gratitude is extended to the volunteers who contributed their time and unwavering dedication to this significant endeavour. [Read more…] about A Comprehensive Toolkit for Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Radiology Medicine
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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the CAR has created an electronic and print version poster, A Patient’s Journey Through Breast Cancer Screening, for radiologists to showcase at their workplace and on social media. Help us raise awareness for this important cause and promote the essential role of radiologists in diagnosing breast cancer by displaying this poster.
Read more about the CAR’s Breast Cancer Awareness initiatives in our news release describing the importance of medical imaging in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer, featuring Dr. Jean Seely, CAR member, President of the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging, Head of Breast Imaging at the Ottawa Hospital and Regional Breast Imaging Lead, and Ontario Screening Program.
Breast Cancer Awareness and the Importance of Screening, Dr. Ania Kielar (October 2020)
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) invites applications for the role of Chief of the Department of Medical Imaging.
We encourage all individuals, regardless of gender or background, to apply.
The Chief of the Department of Medical Imaging holds a pivotal position at MUHC, leading an interdisciplinary entity while strengthening robust relationships with the health network and the community. His/her responsibilities include promoting the professional development of the members, ensuring compliance with departmental guidelines, and guaranteeing that the medical quality assessment committee adheres to hospital standards, with a particular emphasis on equity, inclusion, and diversity. The Chief is also responsible for recruiting service members and must have proven managerial skills to effectively collaborate with department members and other professionals, including managers, nurses and technologists.
The Chief also oversees researchers, ensuring their academic and professional development. Collaboration with other departments is essential to integrate medical imaging innovations into various specialties. It is crucial to stay at the forefront of technological advancements and incorporate them into teaching and research programs. Active participation in research and education committees is also expected.
Furthermore, the Chief is responsible for organizing, planning, and monitoring clinical and administrative activities, in close collaboration with the Director of Medical Imaging, following a co-management model. They participate in the development of medical protocols and internal procedures, ensuring the optimization of resources while adhering to quality and safety standards. They are also in charge of managing access to examinations in coordination with medical staff to optimize resource utilization and reduce waiting times.
Desired Candidate Profile
- Visionary, facilitator, unifier, and inspiring, with exceptional communication skills. The future Chief will need to address past communication issues, while consolidating a shared vision and improving internal and external communication.
- Familiarity with the Quebec health system and deep expertise in the practice of medical imaging in an academic context and knowledge of care organization in Quebec, especially RLS and PEM.
- Academic radiologist holding a position of full or associate professor.
- Internationally recognized research profile.
- Dynamic, unifying, with engaging leadership with management and collaboration skills (both within the medical imaging department and inter-departmentally).
- Proven administrative experience in radiology and ability to work with limited resources.
- Holder of a practice license in Quebec or eligible to obtain one.
- All qualified applications are welcome. Priority will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. The MUHC actively promotes employment diversity and equity. Command of the French language is an asset.
- Candidates meeting the criteria are invited to submit their application, including a detailed CV and a description of their clinical, research, and teaching experience, electronically, within 60 days of this announcement’s publication.
About the MUHC
Internationally recognized, MUHC strives for care excellence through an integrated approach. The Department of Medical Imaging, composed of doctors, professionals, and patient partners, aims to provide excellent care while promoting education, research, and innovation. Artificial intelligence and telemedicine are at the heart of their mission. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities and preventing any form of discrimination.
The CAR extends a warm welcome to the incoming Canadian Society of Pediatric Radiology (CanSPR) President Dr. Elka Miller, and Vice-President Dr. Katya Rozovsky. We look forward to working with them to achieve the goals and advance the mission of the CanSPR. [Read more…] about Announcing the New President and Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Pediatric Radiology
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Dr. Faisal Khosa, a well know CAR member, graduated from medical school in Pakistan and completed postgraduate training and board certifications in Ireland, America, and Canada. He has an MBA in leadership and equity, diversity, and inclusion. [Read more…] about Creating Meaningful Impact with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: An Interview with Dr. Faisal Khosa
Representatives from the CAR Affiliate Societies will be at CAR 2023 and are looking forward to connecting with you! Check out all the CAR Affiliate Societies’ upcoming networking opportunities. [Read more…] about Network with the Affiliate Societies at CAR 2023
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada, and throughout the month the CAR promoted its recommendations for patient breast health and demographic information on the impact of breast cancer on Canadians. With Canada’s healthcare system continually managing the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month places a heightened relevance on the CAR’s recommendations to the Federal Government in the 2023 Pre-Budget Submission. [Read more…] about CAR Recommendations to Government Take on Heightened Relevance During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Canada Safe Imaging (CSI) was formed in 2015 to address the need for a national strategy and action plan in Canada, to strengthen medical radiation protection in patients and foster a culture of radiation safety in healthcare in Canada.
CSI represents a collaborative undertaking between government agencies, professional associations, universities, colleges, national research institutions and hospitals. Within each sector, a multi-disciplinary approach has also been adopted, involving partners, researchers, technologists, medical and health physicists and other health care providers using or prescribing the use of radiation.
Canada Safety Imaging is part of a network of radiation safety campaigns worldwide under the auspices of the International Society of Radiology.
To provide Canadian contextualized guidelines and tools for patient radiation safety.
- Promote knowledge translation and adoption of and adherence to good radiation safety practices and standards as they relate to the Canadian medical environment
- Undertake future potential strategies and initiatives to enhance medical imaging radiation safety and care
- Shape and promote a strategic research agenda for radiation protection of patients in Canada
Today’s medical imaging technologies provide unprecedented visibility into the body. As medical imaging technologies and techniques continue to evolve rapidly so has their utilization and subsequent exposure of patients to ionizing radiation.
Even if the technology has significantly improved and doses of radiation have decreased, the risk of exposure did not disappear and needs to be taken into consideration when tests using ionizing radiations are prescribed. As many things we take for granted, we don’t see any more the risks attached to the technology as it becomes part of our life. But there is a need to remain vigilant, raise awareness and educate healthcare professionals and population at large about the risks and benefits of ionizing radiations in medicine.
In 2012 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an initiative that was supported by 77 countries and 16 organizations, titled the “Bonn Call For Action,” which outlines ten major strategies for promoting radiation protection. In response, a new campaign was formed, which brings together many stakeholders to strengthen medical radiation protection across Canada following an inclusive approach. The delivery of health care is a provincial responsibility, but a focused national strategy and a unified effort is needed to ensure radiation safety in medical imaging for all Canadians.
Canada Safe Imaging (CSI) was formed to address this need for a national strategy and action plan as it relates to radiation safety for medical imaging care in Canada.
Incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the field of radiology is a significant priority for the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), and one distinctive CAR member has plans to move the matter forward internationally. Dr. Bo Gong, CAR AI Standing Committee member and Editor-in-Training at the CAR Journal (CARJ), has been appointed to the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) AI Trainee Editorial Board for a two-year term that begins in January 2023. [Read more…] about RSNA Appoints CAR’s Dr. Bo Gong for Artificial Intelligence Trainee Editorial Board
For over four decades, the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology (CHAR) have been an expanding authority in promoting radiology education, research, and academic practice among Canadian academic institutions. The CHAR is an association that brings together the Heads of the 16 academic radiology departments in Canadian universities. [Read more…] about The CAR & CHAR: Progressing Radiology as a Specialty Practice Across Canada
The Canadian Association of Radiologists Working Group on Peer Learning was assembled to review the literature on peer review and peer learning and provide an up-to-date report for the radiology community. This guide provides definitions of terms and a synthetic evidence review regarding peer review and peer learning. It presents important aspects of what makes an effective peer learning program, as well as best practices for implementing such a program. This guide is intended to be a living document that will be updated regularly as new data emerges and peer learning continues to evolve in radiology practices.
- Peer learning is a quality initiative used to identify potential areas of practice improvement, both on a patient level and on a systemic level. Opportunities for peer learning include review of prior imaging studies, evaluation of cases from multidisciplinary case conferences, and review of radiology trainees’ call cases.
- Peer learning is non-punitive and focuses on promoting life-long learning. It seeks to identify and disseminate learning opportunities and areas for systems improvement compared to traditional peer review.
- Learning opportunities arise from peer learning through both individual communication of cases reviewed for routine work, as well as anonymized presentation of aggregate cases in an educational format. In conjunction with other tools such as root cause analysis, peer learning can be used to guide future practice improvement opportunities.
- This guide provides definitions of terms and a synthetic evidence review regarding peer review and peer learning, as well as medico-legal and jurisdictional considerations. Important aspects of what makes an effective peer learning program and best practices for implementing such a program are presented.
On Saturday, October 23, a group of radiology leaders assembled virtually to discuss women leadership in radiology and to share best practices. Dr. Daria Manos, a professor of radiology at Dalhousie University and President of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology, a Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) affiliate, championed this initiative with assistance from Dalhousie Radiology and a steering committee of radiologists from across the country. Thanks to support from the CAR, Canadian Radiological Foundation (CRF) as well as GE Healthcare, the 80 participants benefited from an impressive roster of speakers. [Read more…] about Inaugural Dalhousie Women Physician Leadership Event – A Success!
Meet the Canadian Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Radiology Society (CETARS), one of CAR’s four affiliate societies. CETARS officially joined as a CAR affiliate on July 13, 2020, after the inaugural meeting of their Executive Committee. Working under the direction of the CAR Board of Directors, CAR Affiliate Societies provide the opportunity for close collaboration on education, research, and advocacy activities with the radiology community. Working together the CAR can deliver the most value for members while maintaining distinct mandates. [Read more…] about Learn More about CETARS
The Canadian Society of Pediatric Radiology (CanSPR) is a new CAR affiliate society and recently launched their new logo and webpage. CanSPR strives to encourage educational, research and networking connections to maintain the highest standards of pediatric imaging across Canada. Representation of the founding members include senior leading pediatric radiologists from across the country.
The CAR would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Daria Manos, who assumed the role of President of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology (CSTR), an Affiliate Society of the CAR, on May 1, 2021. We also want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Dr. Carole Dennie for her amazing leadership and dedication as the founding President of the CSTR. Dr. Dennie will continue to serve on the CSTR Executive in the role as Past President and Dr. Elsie Nguyen will be assuming the role of Vice President.
The society strives to encourage educational, research and networking connections to maintain the highest standards of pediatric imaging across Canada. Representation include senior leading pediatric radiologists from across the country.
Promoting excellence in pediatric imaging across Canada.
The Canadian Society of Pediatric Radiology (CanSPR) is a network of radiologists dedicated to promoting and advocating for pediatric imaging. The society aims to promote the highest standards of care through education and creation of evidence-based guidelines and protocols for standardization. It also aims to facilitate networking for research and advocacy for pediatric imaging needs across country.
The CanSPR is founded on members with an interest in advancing knowledge, learning or clinical expertise around pediatric radiology to communicate, meet, mentor and discuss research to further this interest. The society strives to encourage educational, research and administrative connections to maintain the highest standards of pediatric imaging across Canada. The role of CanSPR is to:
- Drive the appropriate, proper and safe use of radiological services in the patient-centered care of children
- Define principles of practice in the development of pediatric imaging guidelines, standards and appropriateness criteria
- Provide access to medical education in the practice of pediatric imaging for trainees and practicing radiologists
- Advocate for appropriate resources (human and material) necessary for the delivery of quality pediatric imaging services to Canadian children wherever they are situated
- Foster research in all aspects of pediatric imaging
Dr. Elka Miller is a Professor at the University of Toronto and a staff pediatric neuroradiologist at SickKids Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Previous Chief and Research Director of the Medical Imaging Department at CHEO, University of Ottawa from 2011-2022. She is actively involved in medical education and research with a special interest in Pediatric Neuroimaging, Fetal and Neonatal Imaging. Additionally, she is a reviewer for multiple international journals, and has received the Editor Recognition Award for reviewing with distinction from the Radiology Journal six times. Dr. Miller also received the RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award in 2008 and the 2018 Anne G. Osborn ASNR International Outreach Professor Program award to represent the American Society of Neuroradiology.
Elka Miller, MD, FRCPC
We are pleased to offer two accredited symposia on Saturday, May 1 in conjunction with the CAR 2021 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinical Perspective and Radiologic Screening for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) Interactive Workshop and Physician Wellness – Burnout in Canadian Radiology: Stories from the Trenches. Both sessions are accredited under Section 1 of the MOC Program of the Royal College.
Dr. Carole Dennie, cardiothoracic radiologist in Ottawa, is a Fellow of the CAR and President of the Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology (CSTR). Her passion is teaching and providing access to continuous learning opportunities to enable the delivery of high-quality service throughout a radiologist’s work lifecycle. Her recent trips to Iqaluit have helped to make medical imaging equipment accessible in remote communities and illustrate that change is possible through active listening.
Did you know the CAR has Affiliate Societies that members can join?
Affiliates are integrated with the CAR and provide the opportunity for close collaboration on education, research, and advocacy activities with the radiology community. Working together we deliver the most value for members while maintaining distinct mandates.