I feel so
fortunate to be part of the ISMRM and its predecessor societies
for more than 25 years. The impact that our MRI community has
had on my professional and personal life cannot be
underestimated, and I am certain that that many of our members
feel as strongly about our society as I do. The commitment of
our membership was once again demonstrated last weekend, when
our annual meeting program committee spent three days together
planning a truly remarkable scientific and educational meeting
in Salt Lake City.
Citizenship is an important part of being part of our community.
The ISMRM relies heavily on the tireless effort and leadership
provided by our volunteers. Our society is one of the most
geographically, culturally, and professionally diverse societies
in medicine. It is critical that we seek input from our diverse
membership to define our future, and one of the best ways to do
this is through the appointment of members to our committees.
You recently received a request for committee volunteers; please
nominate your peers and feel free to self-nominate so that our
next president, Peter Jezzard, has the best possible pool of
talent from which to select our future leaders. And do not
forget to vote! All voting members were recently mailed a Board
of Trustees ballot. Please take a minute and complete the
ballot, returning it to the ISMRM offices in the enclosed
envelope as soon as possible but no later than 28 February.
In addition, citizenship is also manifest in our membersí
commitment to renew your annual dues. Through the efforts of our
central office and volunteers, we continue to add membership
benefits. Your prompt response to our request for payment of
your dues is greatly appreciated, and your swift payment will
ensure that our ISMRM staff can focus on initiatives on behalf
of the membership, rather than tracking down late dues notices.
I assure you that your money is being put to good use to support
the continued development and advances in the field of magnetic
resonance in medicine. And, remember, pay your dues by 7 March
to ensure your vote counts! Our scientific and educational
programs are thriving, and we look forward to a memorable annual
meeting in Salt Lake City.