1. Membership and GrowthPrior to the 2012 merger, the SUR and SGR each had less than 400 members, the authors note. As of fall 2022, the SAR has grown to over 1,700 members, including honorary and international members, and over 450 members in training.
The title of SAR Fellow (FSAR) has replaced the titles of FSUR and FSGR in recognition of service and contribution to society and subspecialties. Currently, over 300 members are fellows. ”
2. Mission, Values and Goals. The original bylaws of the organization outlined goals related to advancing diagnostic and interventional progress, facilitating member communication, and supporting abdominal radiology across the three dimensions of academic medicine: care, education, and research. bottom.
“In 2016 and in the second half of 2022, the Board will revise its objectives to include the association’s mission (which also expresses its overall vision), its values (which are now expressed in a single term and are of equal importance, listed in alphabetical order). ), and its goals,” the author wrote.
Repeated reassessments of the Society’s goals are intended to incorporate new ideas and adapt to advances in imaging and image-guided interventions, understanding of pathophysiology, and new treatment options. ”
3. A culture of mentorshipMathulen and colleagues note that for more than a decade, SAR has successfully maintained the “welcoming and friendly” culture that has long been modeled by its two predecessor societies. Today, as in 2012, “newcomers are welcome and members are supported at every stage of their career,” he wrote.
Despite the significant growth of the society, informal mentorship opportunities at the Annual Meeting continue and are further enhanced by new formal mentorship programs embedded in many of the society’s programs. It has been. ”
4. Official Journal: Abdominal Radiology. Naming the peer-reviewed publication in 2012 represented a major move toward full social identity, the authors recall. In 2016, the group changed the journal’s original name. abdominal imagingto Abdominal Radiology To match the name of the new society, and just as importantly, we ensured that interventional radiologists understood that the journal was also theirs.
The relationship between academic societies and journals is symbiotic. Members of society benefited, while journals grew in both number of publications and impact factor. ”
5. Recognition of ExcellenceThe SAR regularly recognizes members who have contributed to their subspecialty in a special way, the authors note.
Annual honors include the prestigious Howard M. Pollack, MD Award and the Walter B. Cannon, MD Award, named in honor of pioneers in genitourinary and gastrointestinal radiology, respectively. In 2019, the group combined these two top honors with her existing GU and GI Lifetime Achievement Awards into a single SAR Gold Medal Award. The medal itself is engraved with the portrait of Dr. Pollack and Canon.
Other distinctive annual awards include the Igor Laufer Visiting Professorship and the Richard Marshak International Lecturer Award. [SAR’s] best educator, and numerous additional annual conference awards for research and teaching; ”