ECR 2015 will place emphasis on clear programme structure and youth initiatives, says congress president

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Sessions will look different at ECR 2015, to help participants make the most of the scientific and educational programme. ECR Today spoke with Professor Bernd Hamm from Berlin, Germany, who will preside over the congress next year, to find out what the biggest radiological meeting in Europe and the most modern one worldwide will look like in 2015.

ESR Office: What will be the main highlights of ECR 2015’s teaching programme?
Bernd Hamm: One of the major changes will be a restructuring of the session categories. Over the last few years, we kept adding new types of sessions, making it difficult for participants to find the sessions they are interested in and compile an efficient individual schedule. Apart from the Refresher Courses, which have become well established and accepted, we now offer most teaching courses under the heading of E³ – European Excellence in Education. These courses are now structured according to the different levels defined by the European Training Curriculum for Radiology. The E³ programme consists of the following five branches, which reflect the different levels of education in radiology, as well as the different stages of an individual’s professional career: Rising Stars, European Diploma Prep Sessions, The Beauty of Basic Knowledge, ECR Academies, and ECR Master Classes.

Bernd Hamm, professor of radiology and chairman of all three merged departments of radiology at the Charité, Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität (Campus Mi e, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, and Campus Benjamin Franklin).

Prof. Bernd Hamm, professor of radiology and chairman of all three
merged departments of radiology at the Charité, Humboldt-
Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität (Campus Mi e, Campus
Virchow-Klinikum, and Campus Benjamin Franklin).

The Rising Stars programme is directed at medical students with an interest in radiology, residents, and radiographers in training. The European Diploma Prep Sessions aim to provide preparatory sessions for future European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR) candidates. The content of the programme reflects level I and II of the European Training Curriculum. These courses are held in close cooperation with the European Board of Radiology (EBR). The Beauty of Basic Knowledge programme focuses on knowledge essential to the daily practice of radiology and is best suited to residents and board-certified radiologists. The ECR Academies consist of a series of sessions relevant to a particular area of radiology, and may be suited to general radiologists and radiologists with a subspecialisation. The content of ECR Academies mostly corresponds to level III of the European Training Curriculum. The ECR Master Classes are designed for participants and subspecialists seeking cutting-edge information in specific field of interest. During the ECR, one ECR Master Class is offered for each subspecialty in radiology (level III and beyond). This new structure of a major part of the teaching courses offered at the ECR results from intense exchange and excellent cooperation between the Congress Programme Planning Committee members.

ESR: What will the ECR Academies focus on?
BH: The ECR Academies in 2015 will focus on the new hot issues, such as hybrid imaging, image-guided interventions in oncology, and modern imaging of the GI tract. In addition, there will be sessions covering genitourinary radiology and our popular interactive teaching sessions focusing on different aspects of radiology.

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Interview: Prof. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, chair of the ESR Education Committee

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Many ESR projects fit into the category of education, so it is no surprise that the society’s Education Committee is one of its most active. We spoke to Prof. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, who has chaired the committee since March 2012, to find out a little more about its activities.

ESR Office: What is the overall purpose of the ESR Education Committee and how does it operate?
Birgit Ertl-Wagner: The Education Committee serves as an advisory body for all educational topics within the ESR. Major goals of the committee are the establishment of structures for both undergraduate and postgraduate radiology education and the harmonisation of training in radiology across Europe.

The committee is composed of several subcommittees covering – among other things – training assessment and undergraduate education. Also, the Radiology Trainees Forum is associated with the Education Committee. The committee and the various subcommittees hold meetings on a regular basis, mostly online. We also always meet in person during the ECR.

Prof. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, chair of the ESR Education Committee

Prof. Birgit Ertl-Wagner, professor of radiology and section chief for magnetic resonance imaging at the Institute of Clinical Radiology, University of Munich – Grosshadern Campus, and chair of the ESR Education Committee

ESR: What is your background within the ESR committee structure and what motivates you to be involved?
BEW: I first became involved in the ESR committee structure as a member of the audit and standards subcommittee. Subsequently, I chaired the European Training Assessment Program (ETAP), which is a subcommittee of the Education Committee. Since March 2012, I have chaired the Education Committee.

My motivation to be involved in the ESR stems from my firm belief that a strong cooperation and collaboration between European radiologists will help us to better serve our patients and to augment radiology and healthcare as a whole. Moreover, I am also convinced that an outreach beyond the borders of Europe also enhances the manifold benefits that radiology brings to our societies. Last but not least, education is an ideal vehicle to shape the future of radiology and to create a “Radiology without Borders” – to quote the motto of ECR 2015.

ESR: What are the main issues currently on the committee’s agenda, and how are they being tackled?
BEW: There are many activities currently on the committee´s agenda. One of the priorities of the Education Committee is the harmonisation of radiology in Europe. To reach this end, a detailed European Training Curriculum (ETC) for radiology training levels I and II has been developed, which will serve as a model for the development of national curricula. The ESR encourages a five-year training period in radiology with three years allocated to level I and two years for level II. Together with the subspecialty societies we are currently developing a level III curriculum for full subspecialty training after the completion of radiology training. Moreover, we are developing a U-level curriculum as a model for teaching curricula in radiology for undergraduate medical education. In addition, many other projects such as the accreditation of training schemes in radiology are currently underway.

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Interview: Dr. E. Jane Adam, chair of the ESR Quality, Safety & Standards Committee

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One of the ESR’s statutory committees underwent two subtle changes earlier this year; its interim chair was officially elected as chairperson, and its name was changed. We spoke to Dr. E. Jane Adam, Chair of the newly re-named ESR Quality, Safety and Standards Committee, to find out a little bit about her role, the committee’s function, and some of the key items on its agenda.

ESR Office: What is the overall purpose of the ESR Quality, Safety and Standards (QSS) Committee and how does it operate?
E. Jane Adam: The committee has several subcommittees and working groups covering radiation protection, audit and standards, management in radiology, e-health and informatics, ethics, ultrasound and a European Medicines Agency task force. They are all active in their various areas, undertaking projects, producing documents on behalf of the ESR, and liaising with other organisations. However, the aim of the committee as a whole is to promote high standards of radiology and, by working together, with cross fertilisation of ideas, the committee becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

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Dr. E. Jane Adam, consultant in diagnostic radiology at St. George’s Hospital, London, and chair of the ESR Quality, Safety & Standards Committee.

ESR: What is your background within the ESR committee structure and what motivates you to be involved?
EJA: I first became involved in the work of the ESR when I became chair of the Audit and Standards Subcommittee when it was first formed. This probably came about because I had chaired both the audit and standards committees of the Royal College of Radiologists in the UK. I have more recently been elected to chair the ‘parent’ QSS Committee. I have a long standing interest in these topics, and also wider professional issues in radiology from being chairman of a very large radiology department where I became very aware of the challenges for radiologists when the demands on radiology departments are increasing all the time, expectations are extremely high, and we rarely have the resources or manpower which we would like in order to provide the highest quality service.

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Dr. Pepe’s Diploma Casebook: Case 59 – SOLVED!

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Dear Friends,

This is the last case of the present term. I wish you all a very happy vacation. We will meet again in September.
The radiographs below belong to a 31-year-old man with vague chest pain. Diagnosis:

1. Aortic dissection
2. Aortic valve stenosis
3. Ascending aorta aneurysm
4. All of the above

Leave your thoughts and diagnosis in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.

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Caceres’ Corner Case 96 (Update: Solution)

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Dear Friends,

Muppet has insisted in presenting the following case: radiographs of a 48-year-old male with cognitive problems and episodes of amnesia. What do you see? What would be your diagnosis? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section and come back for the answer on Friday.

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Dr. Pepe’s Diploma Casebook: Case 58 – SOLVED!

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Dear Friends,

I am back from vacation and ready for new challenges. Present images belong to a 70-year-old man with cough and fever. Leave your thoughts and dignosis in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.

Diagnosis:

1. Carcinoma of the lung
2. Tuberculosis
3. Pneumonia
4. None of the above

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Caceres’ Corner Case 95 (Update: Solution)

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Dear Friends,

Today we are wearing typical Basque txapelas; a gift from my good friend Dr. Estibalitz Montejo from Bilbao.

Below are two radiographs of a 45-year-old male with acute chest pain. What do you see? What would be your diagnosis?

Leave us yout thoughts in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.

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Caceres’ Corner Case 94 (Update: Solution)

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Dear Friends,

Dr. Pepe has urgent business (suspect he is visiting Miss Piggy) and asked me to cover for him this week and the next. He will be back with a new Diploma case on Monday, June 9.

My good friend and former resident Dr. Eva Castañer has contributed with this week`s case. Images are of a 74-year-old male admitted with hemoptysis. Leave your diagnosis in the comments section and come back for the answer on Friday.

Diagnosis:

1. Pulmonary infarction
2. Carcinoma
3. Tuberculoma
4. None of the above

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Caceres’ Corner Case 93 (Update: Solution)

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Dear Friends,

Presenting the case of a 85-year-old woman admitted with a severe urinary infection secondary to renal stones. Chest radiographs were taken one week after admission. Do you see any abnormalities in the chest?

Check the images below, leave your thoughts and diagnosis in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.

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Dr. Pepe’s Diploma Casebook: Case 57 – SOLVED!

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Dear Friends,

This week we are presenting radiography of a 64-year-old man with dyspea. Examin the images below, leave your thoughts and diagnosis in the comments section, and come back on Friday for the answer.

Diagnosis:

1. Mediastinal mass
2. Pulmonary nodule
3. Aortic aneurysm
4. None of the above

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