SPR email News - April 2014 

Active members: Remember to vote. Ballot information below. 

Need to know for 
SPR 2014:
REGISTRATION: If you have not already done so, register online today to confirm your participation in the 2014 SPR Annual Meeting & Postgraduate Course.

HOTEL RESERVATION: The hotel reservation deadline is Monday, April 21, 2014The group rate will be confirmed based upon availability. It is possible that hotel rooms may sell out prior to the deadline; therefore you are urged to make your reservations!  Reservations made after April 21 will be taken on a space-available basis and the SPR group rate is not guaranteed.
JW Marriott Washington DC Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. • Washington, D.C. 20004
Phone: (202) 393-2000 • Toll Free: (800) 266-9432
Inform the representative that you are with the 2014 SPR Annual Meeting. 

Online Reservations - IMPORTANT - To request your preferred room type (1 King or 2 Doubles) use the 'additional requests' field to state your preference. For more information regarding the group rate, acccess the Events page of the SPR website. 
Future Meetings of the SPR

12th SPR Hands-on Cardiac MR Course
October 21-23, 2014
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Walnut Creek, California

10th SPR Advanced Symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging
October 24-26, 2014
Walnut Creek, California

Advances in Pediatric Neuroradiology Course
October 24-26, 2014 
Mami Beach, Florida

2015 Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Imaging Course
January 23-25, 2015
Bonnet Creek
Orlando, Florida

SPR 2015 Annual Meeting & Postgraduate Course
April 27-May 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Bellevue, Washington
SPR Officer's Letter

To:     SPR Members
From: SPR Officers  

Sue Kaste, DO, Chair  
Richard Barth, MD, President    
Brian Coley, MD, MD, President-Elect
Jim Donaldson, MD,  First Vice President 
Diego Jaramillo, MD, Second Vice President
Chris Cassady, MD, Secretary

Molly Dempsey, MD, Treasurer
It’s April!   We look forward to seeing you next month, May 13-17, in Washington, DC for SPR 2014. For your easy reference, we have collected Society and Meeting resources into this one letter.

Member and Society Business 

  • Agenda - 2014 Members' Business meeting
  • SPR Committee Appointments - The Committees move the Society. SPR leaders will meet in the weeks prior to the SPR meeting to work on committee appointments for the coming year, with a goal of having the process completed by mid-June. We welcome the participation of every SPR Member. No one is too young, too inexperienced, too recently out of Fellowship, or too old! So, let us know where you’d like to join in.

    Review the Committee page on the SPR website for the array of options. To step up: use this online form to tell us your preferences .  Of course, feel free to contact Dr. Richard Barth (incoming Chair) and Dr. Brian Coley (incoming President.)
    An increasingly important activity for clinical-focused committees is the collaboration with the ACR (and other organizations) in the Guidelines and Standards process.
    The clinical-focused committees will be asked to work with our web-editor, routinely identifying cases for the Unknown Case feature of the website.

SPR 2014 Meeting

  • Your 2014 SPR meeting program is the supplement to the May issue of Pediatric Radiology.
  • 2nd Annual Fun Run - Walk, run or sponsor!  Many ways to support your colleagues and the Research and Education Foundation.  Special thanks to Dr. Scott Dorfman for setting up the Fun Run and to Texas Children's Hospital for underwriting the cost of the fees, tee-shirts and other expenses. Thanks also to Dr. Prakash Masand for handling local arrangements. 
  • Hooshang Taybi Memorial Art Show and Auction - if you have a talent as an artist or craftsperson, consider donating one of your works to the auction. All proceeds benefit the SPR Research and Education Foundation. Contact Jennifer Boylan with your offer and questions.
Remember - SPR is on Facebook.  We use this platform to remind members about approaching deadlines and promoting educational activities. So, if you are a Facebook user, become an SPR fan. If you are not, watch your email for SPR email newsletters and visit the SPR website for the latest news.

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We couldn't do it without you!

As the SPR year comes to a close, we want to thank the scores of sometimes unsung heroes who conduct SPR business. Thanks to: 
  • Journal Editor, Dr. Peter Strouse and Assistant Editors, Drs. Brian Coley,  Geetika Khanna and Cynthia Rigsby;
  • The long list of SPR committee members, who wrote, revised, edited and commented on the wording of ACR guidelines pertaining to pediatric patients;
  • To the SPR speakers, poster authors and moderators for the SPR meeting;
  • To Web Editor, Dr. Ben Taragin and Assistant Web Editor, Dr. Amy Mehollin-Ray for their work on the new SPR website – a huge job!   Thanks also to Dr. Peter “Buzz” Marcovici for outstanding work on the “Unknown Case” which is refreshed every two weeks;
  • Thanks to Dr. Marilyn Goske, Dr. Sjirk Westra, Dr. Don Frush and Keith Strauss for their leadership in organizing the ALARA IG CT Summit this winter.  It was a very successful meeting.
  • To the donors to the SPR Research and Education Foundation, the grant applicants and to the grant recipients;
  • To the REF Board members who thoughtfully review every application for every grant and award program;
  • To the Caffey Committee whose members work anonymously but hear every paper (except during concurrent sessions) and have the daunting task of choosing the very best presentations from all the excellent work presented at the meeting;
  • To the volunteers who staffed the Image Gently Booth at RSNA;
  • To Dr. Ines Boechat and international colleagues for the wonderful work of the new World Federation of Pediatric Imaging;
  • To outgoing SPR Board members Drs. Lisa Horton Lowe and Rafael Rivera  and outgoing REF Board member Dr. Kassa Darge for thoughtful contributions;
To all of you for the work you do locally on behalf of pediatric radiology, children’s well-being and the SPR.   We look forward to seeing you in Washington next month! 

Due to popular demand, the MR Protocol Lunch Session and the Ultrasound Protocol Session are sold out. 
Please feel free to inquire about potential openings onsite at the SPR registration desk.  We do not anticipate any cancellations, but it never hurts to ask.  

You are in luck; the CT Protocol Session still has availability.  This session will take place as a sunrise session on Thursday, May 15, and will cover neuroradiology, PET-CT and Iterative Reconstruction.  
Don't miss out on this one too, 
register today.
If you have not reserved your ticket for the SPR Annual Banquet & Reception, act now.  
You do not want to miss the special performance by Capitol Steps.
  • Who are The Capitol Steps? - The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.
  • What will they perform? - The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, DC institution for over thirty years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our Nation’s Capitol and more.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing.
  • Need more? - Visit The Capitol Steps YouTube Channel for a sneak peak of what's to come.
The Annual Banquet & Reception will take place on Friday, May 16 from 6:30-11:00 p.m.  If you already registered for the meeting and forgot to add the Banquet, not a problem.  Contact the SPR Registrar at sprmeetings@acr.org, and ask to have this added to your registration.  Additional fee applies for guests, trainees, nurses, technologists and physicists.  

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