The Association of University Radiologists (AUR) meeting will take place between April 9th and 12th this year in sunny Los Angeles, CA. If the location isn’t enough to get you excited, the program should really get you going. What is unique about this meeting is that everyone there will (for the most part) be a medical student, resident, or an academic radiologist. It’s quite an experience having so many leaders in radiology all in the same place at the same time. It’s a wonderful networking opportunity and a place to find a mentor or mentors to guide you early in your career. The highlights of most of my AUR meetings are the Lucy Squire Keynote Lecture (this year given by Dr. Leslie Fall on Sustaining Educational Innovation through Collaborative Academic Entrepreneurship) and the Philips Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition (where you and your radiology department or collection of departments team up to make diagnoses and answer trivia). Though I personally hate losing, some say that coming in second is the goal. If your team wins, you have to prepare the test cases and questions for the next year, which is quite a bit of work from what I understand. Second place still gets you and your team bragging rights but without all the work. In addition to these two highlights, the program at the AUR meeting is extremely broad, covering typical scientific and educational content as well as talks on novel tools or methods in education and research, ethics and professionalism, increasing efficiency, managing a radiology department, technology in Radiology, and peer review—really this list is just scratching the surface. The way I like to think about AUR meetings is that rather than simply teaching you have to interpret studies and perform procedures (a very self-focused goal), AUR tries to teach you how to be a better educator, researcher, and/or administrator (much more service-oriented goals). If you have not registered, there is plenty of time. There is snow on the ground in Denver, and it’s 28 degrees—L.A. sound really good right now.
For a complete 2013 AUR Meeting program schedule, please go to:
Have a fun and productive time; enjoy sunny CA. I won’t be attending this year; if you have any highlights, I’d love to hear about it via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).