Before the meeting, we invited residents from the University of Toronto to a reception on Thursday night. It was great meet and hear from the Toronto residents – the future of radiology.
At the meeting, the board reviewed program performance to date in the first year of our strategic plan; initiatives like RAD Academy and the super popular rates for STATdx that are just developing. Here are a few highlights from the meeting.
Research and Innovation: The CAR’s artificial intelligence working group led by Dr. An Tang (UdeM) continues to distinguish itself with the impending publication of its second white paper on the ethical and legal issues related to AI in radiology. To thunderous applause and appreciation, the board unanimously supported the paper co-authored by Dr. Tang and Dr. Jacob Jaremko (U Alberta).
Patient Care: Over 80 years ago the CAR was founded to bring forward national standards and guidelines for radiology patients in Canada. This fundamental service not only continues but has been re-invigorated. Guidelines on Incidental Findings (Chair, Dr. In Kirkpatrick (U Manitoba)), as well as PoCUS (Chair, Dr. Tanya Chawla (U of T)). The world-class work put into these papers is a testament to the dedication of CAR members from across the country.
Education: The CAR created a home to showcase, formally record and disseminate not only world-class guidelines but to also reflect the best of radiology research in the CARJ. The CARJ’s new editor-in-chief, Dr. Mehran Midia (McMaster), presented the board with a positive and ambitious plan to build on the foundations set by Dr. Peter Munk (UBC). Thank you, Dr. Munk. If you’d like to be involved with the CARJ please reach out to Dr. Midia (firstname.lastname@example.org).To continue to invest in the CARJ, the CAR board is reviewing the publisher so that the journal has the support and channels it needs to thrive.
These are just three highlights from a busy board meeting. As 2019 is an election year, the CAR is keeping up its advocacy presence and pressure on Parliament Hill with upcoming meetings at the end of February and in April.
None of this is possible without you, our members. Thank you. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any feedback or would like to get involved. Together radiology care is stronger with united and engaged radiologists across Canada.