The American Roentgen Ray Society meeting will be in Chicago this year from May 1-6. Being from “Chi-town,” I am quite excited to show off the city to my friends and colleagues when the wind chill is above 20 degrees and being outside is actually pleasurable. Though not on the scale of the RSNA meeting, the ARRS meeting can still be somewhat overwhelming for the first time attendee. Where do I go? What courses should I attend? Am I doing this right? Is there free food anywhere? The best thing to do is to have a plan. Download the meeting schedule now and decide what few things you really want to attend each day. In the down time, you can spend your time looking at the awesome collection of educational exhibits.
A no-brainer option would be to sign up for one of the optional courses (extra fee) such as the Case-based Imaging Review Course or the Categorical Course. Sunday May 1, lung trauma and diaphragmatic injuries will be discussed during the Categorical course. Wednesday May 4, chest cases will dominate the morning of the Case-based Review Course. These are good options for those who really like to make sure they are maximizing their learning. You know exactly where and when you have to be in the lecture hall and will not have to stress about what to attend next—full service.
Other cardiopulmonary talks which would be particularly appropriate for residents include lectures on cardiac CTA anatomy (10:30 am, May 5), Cardiac MRI: The Basics (8 am, May 6), Radiographic and CT Imaging of Pulmonary Infections (8 am, May 2), HRCT Imaging of Lung (10:30 am and 1 pm, May 2), and CTA of the Thorax: Acute and Chronic Pulmonary Thromboembolic Disease, Acute Aortic Syndromes Treated Thoracic Aorta (10:30 am, May 4). I wanted to bring special attention to the Radiographs and CT: Back to the Basics talk (3:30, May 2), which should be especially helpful to trainees.
After hours, you should really have a good time. Go out and enjoy the wonderful city of Chicago. Some of my personal favorites include:
1. Giordano’s on Rush by the John Hancock Center: Best deep dish pizza in Chicago. Tell me you ate more than 3 slices, and I’ll call you a liar.
2. The Chop House: Great steaks. You are in the Midwest, so don’t plan on keeping your diet. Depending on whom you ask, the Christmas tree on their roof all year round is either charming or unsightly. Regardless, it’s a Chicago classic. Enjoy!
3. Best view: It’s a tie. The view on a clear day or night from the Signature Lounge on top of the John Hancock Center is unmatched in Chicago. They say you can see Wisconsin if the visibility is good enough. If you don’t like heights, there is a little strip of parkland which extends from the Shedd Aquarium to the Adler Planetarium; definitely one of the best views of the Chicago skyline juxtaposed next to Lake Michigan. Those from the coast will argue that it’s not the ocean, but it’s still pretty big.