Dear SRU Members,
As we draw near our much anticipated SRU Annual Meeting (October 14-16, 2022), I am filled with enormous excitement and pride. This meeting will be our first in-person meeting since 2019 and it could not be in a more spectacular location! The beautiful weather in Phoenix in October will be conducive to many outdoor activities and safe social mingling. The meeting will also mark the end of my year as President of the Society. I will be handing the gavel over to Mary Frates during the business meeting, but I will be staying on the board as Past President for this next year.
I’d like to recap two significant changes we have made this past year:
1. Since 2006, the ACR has managed our society. Sadly, we were notified last year that the ACR will stop managing radiology societies starting in 2023. We were so incredibly fortunate to have Michele Whitling as our Society Director for the last 5 years and it is quite bittersweet to have to say goodbye to Michele and the ACR. At the same time, I am excited to announce that we have engaged a new company to manage our Society, ESI. ESI has a long tradition of running excellent meetings, and we are excitedly anticipating their new management.
2. With the change in management, we are revising and updating our bylaws. Thank you to those who took time to review the bylaws and provide comments. We will be voting on the updated bylaws at the Business meeting at the SRU Annual meeting.
Other reminders for this year’s meeting:
1. The SRU Annual meeting is in-person and without a virtual option. Thus, it is imperative that you reserve your hotel ASAP if you have not done so already. The hotel is a beautiful resort complete with a lazy river. Don’t forget your swimsuit and sunscreen!
2. You must be vaccinated and will be required to upload proof of vaccination. Masks are highly encouraged in the lecture hall with the exception of the speakers. All hotel and conference staff will be masked. We will provide extra masks at the venue in case you lose your mask or need another. We encourage everyone to get the new fall booster prior to the meeting for extra protection.
3. If you are unable to attend the in-person meeting, there will be an option to purchase the SRU meeting lecture videos that will be available as an enduring product after the meeting and will qualify for CME.
4. A bulk rate for sonographers and members-in-training will be available to come to the meeting in-person. Stay tuned for this opportunity.
5. Those who donate at least $100 to the SRU Foundation (SRUF) and in attendance at the meeting will be given a gorgeous SRU baseball cap. The SRUF funds our SRU research grants, in-training members who present at the meeting, and costs incurred in organizing and producing the SRU Consensus Conference Statements that we all rely on in our daily practice.
6. We will have a professional photographer at this year’s meeting. Be sure to check our Flickr account to download your favorite pictures from this upcoming meeting as well as past SRU meetings. You may upload any pictures you have from prior meetings here.
7. We will have a special spot for selfies and group pictures. Post to social media with the hashtag #SRU22 and tag @sruradiology (twitter) to be eligible for a prize each day.
8. We have planned special breakfasts on Saturday morning:
A. “How to get published” hosted by the Early Career Group (led by Jill Jones). Editors and Associate Editors of major journals, prolific writers, and the SRU board will be in attendance. Learn how to get published and network with influential people!
B. Women in Radiology breakfast hosted by members of the AAWR. Our society is one of the most gender equal societies in radiology. Whether you are interested in the AAWR or are a longtime member or a strong advocate, come to this breakfast meeting to reconnect with other women in radiology!
C. Pioneers of the SRU breakfast will be hosted by Ted Lyons. For those who remember and want to revisit early memories of the SRU, Ted Lyons has graciously agreed to coordinate this breakfast meet-up.
Those are a few reminders and details of the upcoming meeting. However, I’m most looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with you all, learning something new, sharing some of my own ideas, and getting recharged with the energy and vigor that the SRU brings to ultrasound. The SRU meeting is such a special place of camaraderie and connection; the friends, mentors, allies, and sponsors we have in our society are incredible. Personally, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many in the SRU for helping me in my own career, and I know that everyone feels similarly.
Thank you for putting your trust in me as President of the SRU. It has been the greatest honor of my career.
See you soon,
Aya Kamaya, MD, FSRU
SRU President 2021-2022