By Pooja Voria, MD, MBA, President, WSRS
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
While our beautiful summer must come to an end, we have an exciting fall schedule! The WSRS board has been diligently planning several activities for this fall, including our annual meeting. The 2017 WSRS Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the WSMA’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 14th at the Seatac Hilton. I would like to thank Dr. Puneet Bhargava for his efforts in developing the program. We have several local speakers as well as national speakers from the ACR and the RLI, including Dr. Timothy Swan and Dr. Larry Muroff. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, who will be speaking on end of life issues. She is the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, a meditation on mortality and meaning. This year’s joint meeting is unprecedented, and I am looking forward to seeing you all on October 14 th.
In addition, we are hosting a networking event for our young physicians on October 7th. See below for details. Radiologists who are within their first eight years after completing their training or less than 40 years old are considered to be part of the Young and Early Career Professional Section (YPS). The WSRS is committed to parallel the efforts of the national ACR by connecting young professionals and those early in their careers and empowering these members to get involved. The future of radiology depends on the involvement from YPS. Thus, we have appointed two ambitious young physicians in our community, Dr. Diana Lam and Dr. Brad Fehrenbach to our board. Welcome!
We are also working on hosting networking events around the state to celebrate the International Day of Radiology on Wednesday, November 8 th. This year the theme of IDoR is emergency radiology and the essential role radiologists play in the emergency room, increasing the quality of care in the ER. Please look for announcements and details in the near future.
Finally, do please save the date for our annual Olympia Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 1, 2018. More details will follow later this year.
I would like to thank Dr. Kathy Choi Chinn for her efforts with this newsletter. It is of utmost importance that we communicate with you, our members, and keep you informed of our current activities.
Looking forward to seeing you all this fall at our annual meeting. Thank you again for your support!
Pooja Voria, MD, MBA, President, WSRS, 2016-2018