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scmr newsletter 2-2012.cdr - Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic ...

scmr newsletter 2-2012.cdr - Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic ...

scmr newsletter 2-2012.cdr - Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic

SCMR Society for Cardiovascular www.scmr.org Number 2/2012 Newsletter Editors: Chiara Bucciarelli- Ducci Magnetic Resonance N E W S L E T T E R SCMR President's Note Juliano Lara Fernandes SCMR Officers: Andrew Arai, President Albert de Roos, Vice President Orlando Simonetti, Secretary-Treasurer Victor Ferrari, Vice Secretary-Treasurer Scott Flamm, Immediate Past President Jeanette Schulz- Menger, 2013 Scientific Program Chair Deborah Berkowitz, Executive Director Contact us: SCMR Headquarters 19 Mantua Road Mt. Royal, NJ 08061, U.S.A. Phone: (856) 423- 8955 Fax: (856) 423- 3420 E-Mail: HQ@scmr.org Iwould like to take this opportunity to share with the membership of the SCMR some of the exciting and important activities of the Society. In the last year and a half, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have taken time to focus on the Society goals and strategic planning. Broadly speaking, the vision for SCMR is to focus on excellence in education, training, standards, and research & development. In this president's note, I will focus attention on developments in education and certification. From an educational perspective, the Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions continue to grow in size and effectiveness. Over the past decade, the meeting has grown from an attendance of 644 in 2003 held in Orlando to 1258 this year. This growth has paralleled our membership growth which has increased by 234% over a similar time span. More importantly, the annual meeting has been refined and enhanced in several specific ways to better promote and support the diverse needs of the broad membership of the SCMR. The success of tracks on clinical topics, cases, congenital, and technical developments provides extensive opportunities for all members in the society. The success of the SCMR/ISMRM workshop on Flow and Motion represents the first of many efforts to provide a state-of-the-art and high quality educational base for the technical work so critical to the advancement in the field. The SCMR website now offers online training that can be used to support level 1, 2 or 3 clinical training requirements. Certification programs represent the next phase of addressing training and standards for clinical CMR. The SCMR has published standards for acquisitions and reporting for a wide range of clinical applications to improve the consistency and quality of clinical CMR studies ( http://www.scmr.org/Education/Documents-andguidelines.html). We expect standards later this year to help guide CMR acquisitions in congenital heart disease. We are pushing to update the CMR appropriateness criteria which are now 6 years old. Formalization of this type of clinical training and standards is linked to certification testing. EuroCMR has provided a certification examination for the last few years. The SCMR is working closely with EuroCMR to extend this certification exam to the US this year. A prototype of the test was piloted at the 2012 SCMR. Based on the success of this program, a first US exam will be available around the timing of the 2013 Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions in San Francisco. At first glance, the wording in my last sentence may seem imprecise. However the statement that the “…exam will be available around the timing of the 2013 Annual SCMR Scientific Sessions…” represents some of the complexity of this next level of certification. In the US, board certification exams and educational programs are expected or required to have a level of independence that will require separation from the Society of one of the two functions: either education courses or the certification exam. We are working closely with the EuroCMR, ACC, SCCT, ASNC, and ACR to help ensure that our process meets the appropriate standards. We are fortunate to have members that have worked with these various societies and prior board certification exam development. Finally, an SCMR/NHLBI sponsored CMR Course is scheduled for September 30 – October 1, 2012 at the National Institutes of Health. That course will be aimed to review CMR at a level appropriate for preparation for the certification examination but will also be an excellent review of the field. Andrew E. Arai, MD President, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance CMS Appointment: Dr Scott Flamm, Immediate Past President of SCMR, was appointed as a member of the the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) for a two year term beginning in June, 2012. Along with Dr Nat Reichek's selection to an FDA committee, SCMR will have two important representatives in Federal committees insuring that imaging and CMR are well represented with strong voices at the national level of U.S. healthcare governance. “I am delighted to be a physician representative for imaging, and am sure that my time spent and experiences with the SCMR board for the past eight years will help me immeasurably in this role.” commented Dr Flamm on his appointment.

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