What is the value of continuing education courses?

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It’s not every day that you can do something that’s good for your patients, good for your career, and good for your spirit. Attending the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) Postgraduate Course, May 18-21, 2011, just may be one of those times.

This biennial program—which alternates years with the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Conference—is a wonderful opportunity to get the continuing education that is mandated and critical in our profession. I think you’ll find, however, that the benefits go far beyond just accredited CME units.

During this well-rounded program, you’ll also be inspired by luminaries in our field as they share their perspectives and experiences. You’ll be able to discuss with colleagues the recent controversies around screening policies, and you’ll hear the latest information about all breast imaging modalities—including mammography, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, etc.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore vendor exhibits and talk one-on-one with suppliers such as Carestream and many more.  There are so many aspects to this program that I think you’ll find both informative and inspiring—whether you’re a radiologist, technologist, or medical physicist.

The first day, which focuses on screening and the state of breast imaging, includes a number of lectures that I’m looking forward to. In particular, I’m excited to hear what Robert Smith, an epidemiologist from the American Cancer Society, has to say about breast cancer detection worldwide and the imaging work that’s going on in many countries.

A number of other sessions will look at the data around the value of screening mammography relative to reducing mortality. I am also very interested in talks on the medical legal pitfalls of breast imaging and how to avoid them, as well as the latest hot topic in the United States, meaningful use.

In recognition of the critical role technologists play in breast imaging, I’m pleased to point out that the Society has dedicated an entire day to their continuing education. Technologists have the option to register for this Saturday-only session or the entire four-day course.

For more details, download a PDF of the conference brochure. The course will be held in San Antonio, Texas, and you can register for it via the SBI website.

I truly hope to see you at this program, and to hear afterwards what you thought of it. But I’d also like to hear your perspectives on and experiences with other continuing education in our field.

How have courses you’ve attended helped you and your patients in the past? And what other conferences or courses would you recommend this year?


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    Carestream Health

    Your best resource is the SBI website. The Society of Breast Imaging conducts a conference every 2 years which does grant continuing medical education (CME) credits to physicians. The next conference will be 2013.

    Also, in 2012 the American College of Radiology will hold their Breast Imaging Conference in Hollywood Florida. Information for this conference can be found on the ACR website, and CME credits are given at this conference as well.


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