|Radiology Society of New Jersey
Resident and Fellow Section
Meeting Minutes - April 5, 2003
The meeting of the governing council of the Radiological Society of New Jersey, Resident and Fellow section was held at the Woodbridge Hilton on April 5, 2003 with the following present:
Dr. Ajay Sood, President
Dr. Ajay Sood called the meeting to order at 11:30 am. The minutes of the January 14, 2003 meeting were passed. The first order of business was to discuss the RFS annual report to be presented to the RSNJ executive committee during the annual meeting. Since the RFS section was created only in January of this year, from next year, the RFS annual meeting would be held in conjunction with the RSNJ annual meeting.
The resident surveys were discussed next. The goal of the survey was to receive resident input at multiple levels of training. The RFS section serves to act as a forum for resident issues. The floor was opened to suggestions regarding the resident and chief resident surveys. Suggestions included, among others,
1. What major improvements would you like seen
in your training program
The resident survey would be finalized by May, after incorporating various suggestions from participating programs.
Additionally, an idea was proposed by Dr. Amorosa regarding private radiology group funding or partially subsidizing fellowships at academic centers in return for the resident who shall be attending that fellowship program agreeing to join the private group.
The next order of business was to discuss the RFS website. The website was highly regarded by the members in attendance. Suggestions for improvement included direct links to the ACR chat forum, creating a "board question bank", and having links to the websites of each of the radiology residency programs in the state. The program representatives are requested to submit their program's respective web link to Dr. Sood for inclusion into the website.
Next, board reviews were discussed. Issues that were discussed included how to best arrange these board reviews to accommodate the attendings. Ideas included conducting a daylong board review in northern, central, and southern New Jersey. The format would be similar to the "hot seat" format adopted at many oral board reviews across the nation. The board reviews should be closed to just the fourth years; if juniors want to attend, then they would be asked to remain spectators as opposed to actual participants. Due to the varying ideas of how best to proceed with board reviews, members were asked to approach the third and fourth years in their program for feedback on how they would want board reviews to be conducted.
Next, Dr. Sood announced that Dr Nilesh Doshi, current radiology residency program director at Cooper would be the new RFS liaison to RSNJ executive committee along with Dr Amorosa, in place of Dr. Graziano, who is leaving Cooper Hospital.
A new database for collection of all radiology residents in New Jersey was next discussed. It was decided that all programs would be contacted after the start of the next academic year so that all current members and the new incoming first years would be included in the RFS database. Each resident's name and email addresses would be required for this database.
Dr Ajay Sood and Dr Ravi Prasad would be representing the RFS at the ACR annual meeting this May in Washington DC.
In regards to other business, Dr. Amorosa suggested the RFS have a more active role in medical student mentorship. One suggestion included allowing the medical students to post their questions or the RFS chat/bulletin board on the website and they would be answered accordingly.
Finally, the Dr. Sood proudly announced that the RSNJ-RFS was the resident spotlight in the March ACR bulletin. Congratulations to the hard work of the RSNJ-RFS, specifically Dr. Ajay Sood for this recognition.
The next meeting would be held tentatively after the written boards in September. In the meantime, the RFS executive committee would be meeting to finalize the database, website, and resident surveys.
Dr. Sood adjourned the meeting at 12:30 pm.