The weather is getting warmer, the flowers and trees are blooming, and there is no foreseeable “snowpocalypse” in the near future; that must mean spring is here. Spring also signals one of the larger meetings for academic radiologists, the Association of University Radiologists’ (AUR) Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting brought us to Baltimore, the “Charm City”. The annual AUR meeting presents great opportunities for academic radiologists of all experience levels. Where else can you go from one conference on the latest ACGME Milestone updates for radiology residency programs to another on how to become a better teacher and presenter? This unique meeting provides academic radiologists an excellent opportunity to hone their craft and to network with many other academicians across the country.
Every year, Emory residents, staff and faculty are well represented at the AUR. This year we had 25 Emory representatives at the meeting. Especially notable attendees were Dr. David Schuster and Dr. Gelareh Sadigh, who were honored with the Radiology Research Alliance (RRA) New Investigator Award and the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research (RAHSR) Harvey L. Neiman Award, respectively. Who can forget the always fun and cooperative annual Kay Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition? Where else can you see the department chair, attendings across all subspecialties, and residents work together to come up with diagnoses like Zuska’s disease or lithium toxicity?
Overall, it was another successful meeting for all the Emory attendees. I encourage all students, residents, faculty, and those with interest in academics and teaching to attend next year. It truly is a unique meeting where the opportunities abound. I hope to see you all there next year! (It doesn’t hurt that next year’s meeting is in New Orleans either).