What Happened at AUR 2017?
Get a resident’s-eye-view of one of radiology’s biggest meetings
It was that time of the year again... when you meet the people that helped you grow or that grew with you, have good meals together, celebrate achievements, get valuable advice, and welcome new members to the family. No, I am not talking about Christmas or Thanksgiving. On May 8–11, 2017, the 65th AUR Annual Meeting attracted academic radiologists from around the country to sunny Hollywood, Fla., with the theme “Leading Change and Bringing Value.”
Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition
As a first-time attendee, I was delighted with the amount of fun we had as part of a residency program team. The Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition, one of the unique traditions of AUR, is a two-day trivia game where residents and faculty from each residency program compete as teams to diagnose obscure or rare radiology cases hosted by the prior year’s winner. The collegial environment was contagious.
Many trainee-specific activities were available. Newly elected chief residents go to AUR for a rite of passage as part of the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology. Since most of them are R3s close to taking ABR board exams, it is also the perfect time to attend many case-review conferences by some of the best radiology educators in the country.
The AUR Radiology Resident Academic Leadership Development Program is a great opportunity for R2s interested in becoming leaders in academic radiology. A group of high-potential second-year (PGY-3) radiology residents are nominated by their programs to participate in closed-section lectures focused on mentorship, leadership, and academic development.
Another opportunity for residents and fellows interested in scientific, health services, and health-policy research is the ACR-AUR Research Scholar Program. Twenty travel stipends of $1,000 are awarded to the institutions of residents and fellows to participate in a full-day program offering health policy research, scholar presentations, and focused mentoring sessions with seasoned academic radiologists.
Opportunities for developing leadership skills, mentoring, and networking were vast for trainees and junior faculty, including dedicated sessions on faculty survival skills, professionalism and leadership essentials, and the AUR Academic Faculty Development Program.
Two formal mentorship programs were also available: AUR’s one-to-one assigned mentorship with a more experienced member, and the Alliance of Clinician Educators in Radiology’s 30-minute speed-mentoring session with two to three assigned volunteer speed mentors.
Informally, but not less important, attendees had various opportunities to casually network with some of the most respected radiologists in the country while grabbing coffee in the morning or relaxing by the pool in the evening.
Many awards are distributed during the AUR meeting. Research awards for abstracts and papers presented at the meeting as well as the AUR GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship Award are announced.
For more information, check out the AUR website. Hope to see you at AUR 2018.
Patricia Balthazar, MD