Welcome to Baltimore and the 67th Annual meeting of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). Baltimore holds a special place in my heart as it was the first city I experienced when I arrived in the USA in 1989. It has been a delight to see this city grow over the last few decades into the vibrant place it is now.
The theme for 2019 is “Educating the Future”. The future of our profession lies in our trainees – our students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Only by nurturing and mentoring these individuals - not only in their cognitive and clinical skills but also in their career development, emotional, social, and physically well-being - will we ensure that radiology continues to flourish and grow. We need to encourage them to lead the way in improving both the care of their patients and the broader landscape of academic radiology. We must ensure that our trainees are attuned to cutting-edge technologies and emerging fields of research that will change their practices. We need them to understand how diversity, equality and teamwork are vital to strengthen our profession. We want our trainees’ experiences of radiology education to inspire them to become the educators of the future. This year’s meeting program is designed to foster growth in all of these areas.
On Tuesday at the 8:00AM Plenary Session, we are delighted to host Shankar Vedantam, PhD who hosts the popular NPR show “Hidden Brain”. His keynote talk “Hidden Brain: The Unconscious Mind and Education” promises to be one of the highlights of the week. This year’s speaker at the Lucy Squire and APDR-ACR Keynote Lecture is Louis Pangaro MD, MACP, a nationally renowned educator who will speak on the “Future of Medical Education”. Later in the week, the Brogdon Panel will examine another hot topic: “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Radiology Training and Education.
The track format (education, leadership, research, administration and training) was successful last year in reducing content redundancy and session overlap and will continue this year. Most tracks include a mentorship component, where junior moderators and speakers receive guidance from more senior faculty on the program. I hope that you will support these young faculty as they venture into national speaking.
We encourage you to attend the 7:00AM moderated Poster Discussion Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Interacting with these young investigators is a great way to mentor and I am constantly amazed by the high quality of work presented. We are combining these sessions with the facilitated breakfast topic-based Breakfast Roundtable Discussions open to all attendees. Another creative offering this year is the Escape Room, where teams collaborate to solve radiological puzzles. Scientific sessions are on Thursday at 1:00PM, with an excellent selection of clinical, educational, and health science research topics, many presented by trainees. We also encourage you to attend the presentations of the AUR GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) program and the ACR-AUR Research Scholar program.
Two evening social events provide fabulous networking opportunities for radiologists at all stages of their careers as well as opportunities to relax with colleagues and friends. The AUR Welcome Reception will be at the Maryland Science Center on Tuesday at 6:30PM and the last AUR Banquet and Awards Ceremony is at 7:00PM on Friday evening. I hope that we can make this last banquet one to remember.
My special thanks to Janet Bailey, for her stellar leadership as this year’s AUR President, and to the AUR staff for their tireless efforts in putting together a wonderful Annual Meeting.
Petra J. Lewis, MBBS, FACR
AUR Program Chair and President-elect