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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tips for Trainees by Jonathan Chung: Planning Your Visit to RSNA

The 97th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting will take place between November 27 and December 2 this year.  This is the largest radiology meeting in the world and upwards of 40,000-50,000 people will attend.  My first time at an RSNA meeting, I was completely overwhelmed.  I felt like I was always missing something very important or late for everything.  You need a plan of attack.  Go check out the RSNA meeting program online and plan out your time before you go.  Leave some flexibility in your schedule so you can spend some time looking at posters and exhibits in the Lakeside Learning Center, which is one of my favorite places to hang out.  There is also a resident/fellow lounge area in the Lakeside Learning Center, where you can hang out, get free coffee and food, or peruse the latest RSNA publications.


There is a plethora of cardiopulmonary talks to attend.  Here are some highlights:


Imaging of the Mediastinum (How-to Workshop)

RC151 | E261

11/27/2011 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM


Cardiac CT Mentored Case Review: (In Conjunction with the North American Society for Cardiac Imaging) (An Interactive Session)

Multiple parts

MSMC21 | S406A


08:30 AM – 6PM


New Frontiers in Imaging COPD and the Airways (An Interactive Session)

RC201 | E353B

11/28/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Case-based Review: Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Infection, and Acute Aortic Diseases (An Interactive Session)

RC401 | E353C

11/29/2011 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM


Essentials of High-Resolution Chest Imaging

MSES41 | S100AB

11/30/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Pulmonary Infections: Community-acquired Pneumonia, Emerging Infections, Infections in the Immune-suppressed Host, and Case Review (An Interactive Session)

RC501 | E353B

11/30/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Quantitative Imaging in Lung Disorders

RC517 | S503AB

11/30/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Essentials of Cardiac Imaging

MSES44 | S100AB

11/30/2011 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


Young at Heart: Imaging of Adult Congenital Heart Disease

RC703 | E351

12/01/2011 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM


High-Resolution CT: A Pattern-based Approach (An Interactive Session)

RC801 | E353C

12/02/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Imaging the Cardiac Valves and Valve Prostheses

RC803 | E451A

12/02/2011 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM


After a hard day of attending talks and looking at exhibits, you should take advantage of the best city in the USA (I am completely biased having grown up in “Chi-town”).   Some of my personal favorites include:

1.      Giordano’s on Rush by the John Hancock Center: Give up on the diet.  You are in the Midwest.  Meat, potatoes, and…deep dish pizza!

2.      Gibson’s Steakhouse: It’s not cheap but the steaks here are peerless.  Eat peanut butter and jelly the week before and save up.  You will enjoy the steak; they’ll make sure of that.  Also, a great place to see politicians and other famous people.  (I saw former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen here.)

3.   Cloud Gate: Affectionately called “the bean” by locals, this is a unique sculpture on the western side of Millennium Park which has quickly become a Chicago landmark.  Ignore the subfreezing temperatures and go take some pics in front of it to prove you were there.

4.      Best view: It’s still 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—to die for.