RSNA hosts inaugural event Building Connections Across the Americas

November 23, 2022 – With the goal of forging global partnerships and improving equity in health, access, safety, and patient care in South, Central, and North America, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will host a special half-day event for its launch. “Building Connections Across the Americas: Addressing Radiation Access,” during Assembly 108The tenth Scientific Society Annual Meeting (RSNA2022) in Chicago. Launching the first phase of the program, this first event will take place on November 30 as a symposium focused on health care access, equity, and radiation safety issues across the Americas.

Funded by the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the program has three events planned over the next year in different regions. The aim of this series is to discuss the main challenges in each field and to find sustainable solutions. Pioneering radiologists and physicists, diplomats, educators, hospital administrators, and industry personnel from around the world will participate as audience members and key collaborators. RSNA announced the program earlier this year.

“During times when communication and collaborative partnerships are more important than ever to the practice of radiology, the RSNA Committee for International Radiology Education (CIRE) takes this opportunity to build long-term, solid bridges between institutions, industry, and radiologists across the Americas,” said radiologist Juliana M. Bueno, Ph.D. in Medicine, Chair of CIRE’s Global Learning Center (GLC) Subcommittee.

RSNA Council International Affairs Liaison Officer, Umar Mahmood, MD, Ph.D. A brief welcome, followed by the keynote address, “Bridging the Gaps in Radiology Care Across the Americas,” delivered by Carlos H. Torres, MD, FRCPC.

The seminar will focus on three areas. For the first topic, Radiology care for everyonedirected by Jorge A. Vidal, MD, Christian P. Perez, MD, will give a presentation on Rural Areas/Areas with Limited Access. He will be followed by RSNA Board Member Jenelle Scott, MD, speaking on “Racial Disparities in Access to New Mammography Technology” and Marilyn A.

The second topic Moving forward: education, safety and innovation, will be moderated by Jenny T. Bencardino, MD. Presentations include “Educating Future Generations” by Guillermo Elizondo Riojas, MD, “Building on Common Protocols and Sharing Best Practices” by Whitney Color Relum, MA. , and “The Industry’s View: Driving Safety for Technicians and Patients Through Cutting-edge Technology and Innovation” by Louise Verzenassi, President and CEO, GE Healthcare Services.

finally, Successes and challenges in global health justice: case studiesIt will be moderated by Dr. Bueno, and will feature “Using Finance and Technology in Haiti” by Jennifer L. Nicholas, MD, MHA, and Ernest Garson, MD, “Rotary Clubs of Guatemala Projects” by Carlos Fromm and “RSNA Global Learning Center: Ecuador” by Elizabeth Zamora, MD

Each section is followed by a panel discussion.

“Building Connections Across the Americas will address relevant aspects of radiology practice and education in resource-constrained areas, with the goal of enhancing communication, knowledge-sharing, and optimal resource allocation to improve patient care,” said Dr. Bueno. “In line with the educational mission of RSNA, this session is a great opportunity for radiologists around the world to learn about the efforts our organization is making to build connections and bring resources closer to where they are needed.”

The program will bring together thought leaders through two more events in 2023: in South America at the RSNA GLC site in Ecuador, and in Brazil, during the Jornada Paulista de Radiologia (JPR 2023), hosted by the Sociedade Paulista de Radiologia e Psicologia por Imagem.

The three phases of the program seek to build capacity and address deficiencies and barriers in radiology education and practice across the Americas, as well as promote the application of peaceful use standards to improve patient care. Networking opportunities will enhance relationships between government health representatives and radiologists in the region.

RSNA hopes this series will help create a strategy for medical imaging professionals and stakeholders across the Americas to collaborate and create best practices for patient care with radiology.

For more information: https://www.rsna.org/annual-meeting

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