By Nancy Hill Beluk, R.T.(R), 2020-2021 SMRT President
The first-ever ISMRM/SMRT Virtual Conference 2020 is in the books, and I am happy to report it was a huge success. But don’t take my word for it; let’s have a look at the numbers:
- Over 400 SMRT registrants
- 39 live Q&A/panel discussion sessions, with 4832 registrants for these live events
- International clinical sessions representing 9 countries
- Multilingual events incorporating 6 different languages
One of the joys of the Annual Meeting, as you know, is reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Getting the opportunity to hear their stories, share a meal, network, and join together for a laugh or two in an environment of camaraderie and learning is, in my opinion, the best medicine. There was trepidation this year that when changing from an in-person meeting to a virtual conference, we would lose that atmosphere, but we did not! We met, we learned, we talked, and we laughed (many times at my expense)! Yes, it was different, yet I came away feeling connections had been made. For example, I met Cristian Montalba, from Santiago, Chile, who was attending his fifth Annual Meeting. We talked, we laughed, and I believe, I ended up giving him a nickname by the end of the week. Please click here to read more from Cristian in his own words. I also met Liana Sanches, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who was attending her eighth Annual Meeting. Please click here to read more from Liana in her own words. These are connections, old and new, that can’t be broken by time and distance.
But now it is time to set our sights forward to the rest of the year and the start of 2021. We encourage you to stay involved and take advantage of all the SMRT has to offer, such as three National Chapters, 18 Divisions (and growing), year-round virtual meetings, and an ever-growing online learning center all designed with our membership in mind. We are committed to advancing global education in the field of magnetic resonance for radiographers and technologists and growing as one community.
BREAKING NEWS: The Abstract Committee is happy to announce that the deadline for submissions has been extended to 16 December 2020, providing us extra time to pull together our data and submit in time for the Annual Meeting in Vancouver scheduled for May 2021. Erin Gray and her team have been working in the background to adapt to the new MIRA system for abstract submissions—a platform that provides our members the ability to submit a digital poster without the need for a printed version.
Please click here to read more from Erin in her own words.
Onward and Upward,