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RSNA Primer - Navigating Your RSNA 2017 Visit
First, welcome and know that you will have an incredible experience ahead of you at RSNA’s 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting! Here are some tips that may be helpful as you prepare for a week of learning and exploring at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Residents and fellows have a dedicated lounge area - that’s right, this is a space dedicated for YOU! Be sure to stop by the Resident and Fellow Lounge to enjoy a free lunch (provided daily), grab a snack, and meet other trainees. This is conveniently located behind the Learning Center where you can browse a multitude of electronic and poster exhibits at your convenience.
During the week, make your way through the Technical Exhibits Hall to learn about the latest technology in imaging science, meet with vendors, purchase textbooks at reduced rates, and enter to win swag.
When considering your schedule
Plan ahead. This is, after all, the biggest medical conference in the world - and you get to be a part of it. With numerous simultaneous sessions, minimize confusion by targeting sessions of particular interest to you. We promise there is something for everyone at the meeting.
Planning is best accomplished using Meeting Central - your trusty virtual companion. This is available in website format (https://meeting.rsna.org/) or as a free app (available on the App Store and Google Play). You can flag sessions that you want to attend and generate a personalized agenda. You may also leave feedback for presenters or take personal notes about the session here. Another handy function of the app is its interactive map so you know where to go (one of the most important parts to any meeting).
Resident & Fellow Symposium
Tuesday 11/28, 1-4 p.m., E451B
Career Panel, Interviewing Tips, Contract Negotiation, Challenging Conventional Wisdom, and Tips for Successful Leadership by renowned faculty.
The Essentials of Radiology courses contain high-yield resident-level content. This is a two and a half day series of 10 refresher courses that take place over the duration of the conference across subspecialties.
Interactive Diagnosis Live! sessions are held throughout the meeting so bring your smartphone or tablet to participate in a fun way from your seat.
When you arrive in Chicago
Check in and gather materials. Pick up your badge and get a lanyard at one of the three designated locations in McCormick Place or at the Hyatt Regency and InterContinental hotels. You will need a valid photo ID. Don’t forget to also pick up your meeting bag at one of the designated spots in McCormick Place. You can also find printed programs here.
Your badge is your gateway to all things RSNA-related and this includes the shuttle service, which runs between McCormick Place and many of the hotels. Your badge also gives you access to rides on the METRA electric train, with service that drops you off inside McCormick Place. McCormick Place is also accessible by the subway (called the CTA; you can purchase fares at the station). Get on the green line and hop off at the Cermak-McCormick Place station - you are about two blocks away from McCormick Place. More information: http://www.rsna.org/Air-Travel-Ground-Transportation/.
RSNA hosts a First-Time Attendee Orientation - this will be held on Saturday 11/25 at 3 p.m. CST and again on Sunday 11/26 at 10:30 a.m. CST. For other first-timer RSNA tips, check out: http://www.rsna.org/First-Time-Attendee-Tips/.
Outside of RSNA
Be sure to take advantage of time after the conference to explore the beautiful city of Chicago and all it has to offer. Don’t forget to pack some warm clothing for the Windy City. The must-see and must-do’s: so many food options to suit all palates including the iconic deep-dish pizza. Check out Millennium Park and visit the Cloud Gate! The holiday market will also be in season (Christkindlmarket), jazz/blues bars are plentiful around the city, museums galore, shopping along Magnificent Mile, musicals/theatre shows, etc. There is always something going on in Chicago!
Diagnosis Live! Resident Competition 10-11a.m. @ Discovery Theatre
RSNA/ACR Resident and Fellow Reception 4 p.m. @ Hyatt McCormick Regency Ballroom
VIP Meet & Greet Luncheon 12-12:45 p.m. @ R&F Lounge, Lakeside
Resident and Fellow Symposium 1-4 p.m. @ Room E451B
#RSNA2017 Trainee TweetUp 4:30-5:30 p.m. @ R&F Lounge, Lakeside
AAWR (American Association for Women Radiologist)-hosted events:
RSVP required for these events: http://www.aawr.org/Events/Events
Speed Mentoring 10:30 a.m. @ W192C
Resident Luncheon 12:00 p.m. @ W192C
Other social activities
Sunday 11/26 9:00 p.m. - meet at The Wit Rooftop
Who has the ugliest holiday sweater? Show us your worst...or best!
5K Fun Run
Tuesday 11/28 6:30 a.m. - register online here: http://www.rsna.org/Fun_Run.aspx
Run, Jog, Walk - all for a good cause! The route is a picturesque route along the Lake Michigan shoreline. You will receive a T-Shirt...and of course bragging rights.
RADPAC #Radtoberfest Celebration
Hosted by RADPAC (Political Action Committee of the ACR)
Monday 11/27 10 p.m.- 12 a.m. @ HQBeerCade, River North
Contribution to Radtoberfest drive or admission fee at door
More information here: http://www.radpac.org/News-and-Events/RADTOBERFEST-RFS-vs-YPS
Alicia Cheong, MDCM, is a Canadian member of the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee in her penultimate year of training at University of Toronto, Canada.
Courtney Tomblinson, MD, is Chair of the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee and Chief Resident at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.