RSNA President: Radiologists must look for a global model to expand education into 21st Century

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CHICAGO—Radiologists must embrace global, non-proprietary attitudes to expand radiologist education for the 21st century, according to the RSNA Presidential Address from Theresa McLoud, MD, presented this morning at the 94th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

McLoud highlighted this year’s theme of “Personal Learning in the Global Community,” which reflects an individual’s undertakings in the midst of a wealth of relevant, timely and practical educational resources.

For the first time, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), initiative will demonstrate an image-enabled personal health record, which McLoud deems a “testament to the forward-looking nature of our field and a reaffirmation that the time to educate ourselves on universal information sharing is now,” she said.

Other new initiatives are focused on ensuring quality patient care, stressing the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, “of which imaging is a critical component.” The Bolstering Oncoradiologic and Oncoradiotherapeutic Skills for Tomorrow (BOOST) program returns to the meeting this year with concentrated courses throughout the week in the following subspecialty areas: head and neck, lung and central nervous system, gastrointestinal and prostate and gynecology.

McLoud highlighted molecular imaging which she said “has a impressive and essential presence as its discoveries become increasingly applicable in real-world practice.”

However, the theme of McCloud’s presentation was global life-long learning for radiologists, an initiative she challenged RSNA members to embrace as a common goal. “We need to rethink our approaches to education. This an exciting time for radiologists, which can allow us to rethink our learning model on a global scale,” McCloud said.

“Our global initiatives bring with them the responsibility to greater responsibility,” she said, as she challenged RSNA members to provide high-quality and expanding access to radiology on a global scale.

McLoud also exemplified the “green” initiatives to “reduce waste, regenerate materials and operate cleanly and efficiently in every aspect of the meeting.”