Letter from the President

Letter from the President

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Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to serve as President of the New England Roentgen Ray Society for the 2021-2022 year. The face of the 2020-2021 NERRS season changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we moved from in-person to virtual sessions. However, with this transition came an increase in attendance to our Friday meetingThe new virtual format also allows those from outside of New England to more easily participate on our wonderful Friday sessions. NERRS also began offering Continuing Medical Education credits to members if they attended our Friday Sessions. I would like to thanour immediate past president Dr. Stacy Smith for her leadership over the past year and for helping me transition seamlessly into the role.

I am very much looking forward to our 2021-2022 program. We decided to change the time of the Friday sessions to 3:15pm- 5:15pm (from 3:15-6pm), as we noticed attendance dropped off later usually due to family and other obligations after 5pm. Hopefully now attendees can watch the entire session. Our upcoming educational programming will start off on September 17th with a “hot topics” session about Clinical Physics and Recent Advances in Imaging Technology. October will bring in 2 education programs. On Saturday October 2nd we will have our Annual NERRS Breast Imaging Refresher Course, with a special focus this year on Disparities in Breast Imaging. On Friday October 15th we will have a session on Musculoskeletal Imaging and interesting cases, as requested by trainees on our survey last year. On Saturday November 13th, Dr. Jessica Sin will be holding a special workshop on Artificial Intelligence. COVID-19 brought health care disparities into the spotlight and Radiology is not immune from these disparities thus our January 17th Friday session will focus on Promoting Health Equity in Radiology. We will have a Challenging Cases – How I Approach It session on March 18th, featuring experts in different subspecialities showing us how they approach difficult cases. Finally, on May 13th we will hold our 77th Holmes Lecture, honoring Dr. Ruth Carlos and focusing on being a journal editor.

Our popular NERRS Radiology Case Based Core Review Course will take place again this year for the 6th time on May 6th-8th, 2022. The Core Review course is a comprehensive program over 3 days led by 90 expert faculty from across New England. The Core Review’s virtual format now draws attendees from beyond the borders of New England and beyond.

Many thanks go out to our NERRS Education committee, Tara Catanzano, MD, Oren Johnson, MD, Dexter P. Mendoza, MD , Jeremy Wortman, MD, Bindu Setty, MD, Sona Chikarmane, MD for their wonderful job selecting interesting topics and captivating speakers for this years program. Thanks to our IT Committee, Seth Berkowitz, MD, Andrew Chen, MD and new IT Chair, Jim Chen, MD, for their technical expertise which we appreciate now more than ever with the virtual format. We very much appreciate all the hard work our officers and executive committee put in to make the society and it is programming successful. And last but certainly not least thank you to our many invited speakers, without whom we could not put on this outstanding educational programing.

I have been so fortunate to have played so many roles in the NERRS society from a presenter at the core review course to a presenter at the breast imaging refresher course to a course director for the breast imaging refresher to being a member of the officers and now president. I am so honored to be have been able to be part of this fantastic society and now to lead NERRS this year as president. We thank all our members (trainees, academic radiologists, private practice radiologists, etc) for their support and continued membership. We strive to continue to grow our membership both within New England and now outside of New England due to our virtual format. We plan to continue to offer great programming and encourage your continued input.

Sincerely,
Carolynn M. DeBenedectis, MD


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