AAWR at RSNA 2016

The AAWR R&E Foundation Celebration Dinner at RSNA proved to be a great success, providing an opportunity for the AAWR members to gather, celebrate, and raise money for the important cause of supporting and recognizing women in radiology. The views of Chicago from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building provided a beautiful backdrop to the festivities. This will be an annual event that we hope you include in your busy RSNA schedule next year. 

At the AAWR RSNA Business meeting, the new Board of Directors was approved including our new President, Dr. Margaret Szabunio from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. As always, the topic of how to reach out to women radiologists in training and junior faculty to encourage their membership and participation was greatly discussed both at the Celebration Dinner and Business meeting.  I solicited our department’s sponsorship of our female residents’ membership fee, which was supported.  I would encourage you all to investigate such opportunities at your home institutions and get your residents involved!  As you know there are many benefits.

Perhaps one of the most obvious benefits for resident members of the AAWR is the opportunity to participate in the Speed Mentoring session and Residents’ Luncheon, which were great successes at RSNA this year and will hopefully be for years to come.  This year at RSNA, we were fortunate to hear how Dr. Bruce Hillman, Editor of JACR, finds joy in creative writing.

AAWR membership also provides the opportunity to participate in celebrating accomplished women in radiology, such as Dr. Katarzyna Macura, our very deserving 2016 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award recipient.  In addition to hearing about her inspiring personal journey during her award acceptance speech, we also had the opportunity to learn from her discussion of “A Woman’s Journey in Creating Personal Value” at the Presidential Luncheon. 

I hope that you had the opportunity to take advantage of some of these fantastic AAWR programs at RSNA.  If not, please be on the lookout for AAWR events at upcoming meetings and start to plan on joining us at the John Hancock building on the Sunday of RSNA 2017 for our annual R&E Foundation Celebration Dinner at RSNA. 

Warmest regards,
Kristin Porter, MD, PhD
Secretary of AAWR