WFPI Executive Committee Meeting, 3rd October 2019 (online)
Present: Dorothy Bulas/DB (President), Omolola Atalabi/OA (Past President), Joanna Kasznia-Brown/JKB (Vice President), Cristian Garcia (Secretary), Rick van Rijn/RVR, (Vice Secretary), Sanjay Prabhu/SP (Digital Education Lead), Kushaljit Singh Sodhi/KSS (TB Lead), Ines Boechat/IB (Founding President and Co-opted Director), Michael Gee/MG (MRI Protocol Lead), Amanda Dehaye (Past Executive Director, Co- opted Director), Kimberly Applegate /KA (IG Representative) and Kim Pede /KP (Admin)
Absent: Richard Barth/RB (Treasurer), Hansel Otero/HO(Outreach Lead), Jaishree Naidoo/JN, (Representative Director), Tatiana Fazecas/TF (Vice Treasurer), Gladys Mwango (Representative Director), Tim Cain/TC, (Representative Director), Martin Stenzel/MS (Representative Director), Ricardo Faingold/RF (Incoming Outreach Vice Chair), Ram Senasi/RS (Incoming Outreach Vice Chair), and Jennifer Boylan/JB (SPR Staff Liaison),.
Blue comments = action
1. Approval of minutes from August meeting
DB: August minutes were approved.
2. Committee Updates
● Outreach Committee – Hansel Otero (HO): No update as Hansel was unable to attend.
● MRI Protocol Committee - Michael Gee (MG): Michael Gee reported that a lot of progress has been made working with the vendors. The website has been updated and the link is:
o The committee has published 11 protocols.
o The vendors are really interested in promoting on their own websites (Philips, GE and Siemens)
o Dr. Gee would like to gather the feedback from other countries using the protocols. o Dorothy offered her congratulations to Michael Gee and all who participated in the protocol MRI project.
● Digital Education Committee - Sanjay Prabhu (SP):
o Sanjay mentioned that there is a need for more videos on the website. He said that they should be in 10 min increments. There is an interest in videos in other languages. Monica Epelman will try to garner other you tube video submissions. We can have other sites available for us to link to. We have had a strong start; George Taylor is interested in doing some additional ones.
o China doesn’t have you tube so is asking if we can offer in another platform as well?
o We have crossed 1 million views.
o Most of the demand is for the basic education material.
o Facebook is still very active.
o There has been a request from Outreach to provide Televideos that can be shared when they travel to other regions. Can provide pdf’s before going.
● TB Committee - Kushaljit Singh Sodhi (KSS): Dr. Sodhi has added new members to his committee. They will be writing new articles. He has emailed Peter Strouse to get some ideas. They would like to have a pulmonary source.
Action: KSS to provide the names of the committee members that need to be thanked. If he wants to write up something for the next newsletter that would be appreciated.
3. Updates on Observership
IB: We will continue to look for additional sites to participate. Looking at Brazil or Chile. Ines recommends reaching out to Cristian Garcia who would like to host an observership at his institution. She would like to have staff send over the paperwork. Joanna has been looking for a location in Eastern Europe as well. She knows someone in Romania who she plans on speaking to soon.
● Asia-Oceania – waiting on updates
o St. Luke’s Medical Center, Manila Philippines (August 1, 2019)
o Observer selected - Dr. Joanna Choa – they are in their second month and things are going well.
● South America
o Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Argentine Republic
o Observer selected – Dr. Leticia Gadea. Originally 11/1/2019 – 1/31/2020; now 12/2/2019 – 2/29/2020.
● Middle East
o American University Beirut - Contact has been made by Dr. Liliane Gibbs, Dr. Raj Krishnamurthy and Dr. Joanna Brown. Staff has supplied additional details. Waiting for response.
● Chile – Dr. Garcia is ready to receive additional information – he is requesting May of 2020 if possible.
o Staff to send over program information
● Malaysia – Interested in a possible observership
● Indonesia - interested in hosting
● Hong Kong –interested in hosting
● Reach out to Topeka and Siracha
o Interesting that the contingents from Japan get trainees from Bangladesh – there was a complaint that the trainees were under trained – AOSPR – were unfamiliar with the Cleveland Clinic Curriculum – we may want to promote it more on the web site. We may want to suggest that the trainees complete 40 – 50 modules. Each time they complete a module they will have received some basic reading prior to coming. Sanjay asked that the Cleveland Clinic should be advertising more. A write up may remind people about the certification. Centers in the USA are using it.
o Sanjay went on the Cleveland Clinic site to walk through the process. It requires that you list an institution. Perhaps WFPI can register as an institution so that they candidates can use our name for their institution. Make WFPI a program and then we can monitor progress.
Action: Staff to check to be sure that Janet got a certificate.
4. Any other business
● NEW: Website Calendar - https://www.wfpiweb.org/About/WFPICalendar.aspx
● AOSPR 2019: Update on how meeting went - Dorothy Bulas
o Breakfast meeting: 8:00 am - (9/28) Sat o Ines recipient of medal for Honorary membership.
● RSNA 2019:
o Board Reports due October 24th – update from Dorothy
o Monday Morning (12/2) meeting space, from 9 - 11 am
o Monday night (12/2) Pediatric Radiologists reception hosted by SPR
● SASPI 2020:
o (from JK Brown) lecture at SASPI – They received comments that the coffee meeting was very well received. Joanna is suggesting that this be done at other meetings.
o Radiation protection training day at SaSPI - working on final programme and sponsors, venue approved and booked; more details to follow soon – they will be doing clinical imaging as well. AIA will support and the society of radiographers from South Africa. The training will be free for participants
o AIA has invited Joanna to speak in Uganda. This request came about a week ago. The theme of the meeting is pediatric radiology. In Uganda they don’t have pediatric radiologists, they have radiographers. She is not sure who else will be attending. She contacted Dorothy and Jaishree to find out if they would be attending. Because of Jaishree’s work in July she is in a good position to present her Imaging the World Work. Cristian will be there in November and can meet Jaishree there as well. There is some potential of training and outreach. Cristian has good contacts in the Ministry of Health.
o Ines asked if she had the materials that she needs. Ines mentioned the material from Image Gently that she could use. She has information from Kimberly’s lectures. Don Frush and Kimberly Applegate may be able to help.
● SPR 2020:
o Ines, Sanjay, Jaishree and Saavas will be giving a workshop on past, present and future. Jaishree will present AI. Tatiana will be talking about WFPI; Ines was asked to coordinate a 1h presentation with 5 speakers
o Breakfast gathering TBD o Other meetings TBD – Will consider a coffee time – need to check with Angela o Kristen DeStigter (ITW) will do a TED talk on Outreach o Action: Staff to check with Angela on a coffee time.
● SPR/SLARP 2020:
o Ines has an extensive meeting with Tatiana; SLARP has 10 hours of presentations at the joint meeting with SPR. She wants to promote WFPI. The Argentina meeting helped them to spread the word about the Observership.
o Request for WFPI support from Dr. Fazecas during SLARP meeting at the SPR meeting.
o Request for presentation on Observerships o Request for presentation on MRI protocols o Ines recommending having Dr. Dolores Bustelo from Brazil to speak on lower radiation exposure campaign. Working with Don Frush they have developed 100 million children radiation protection. She will be speaking about it. She has asked WFPI to participate. o Ines indicated that there will be lectures in Spanish and English.
o SLARP –Cristian can speak with Tatiana to see if she is willing to speak. o Dr. Gee did speak at SLARP. Camilo Jaimes Cobos can speak Spanish so can present the MRI protocol session in Spanish.
● ESPR 2020
o WFPI General Assembly – Rick has a provisional program. It is slated for Thursday, June 4th just for members. o Friday, June 5th there will be an Outreach session – SPR, AOSPR, and WFPI – he has the list.
o Rick mentioned a coffee or teatime or wine time. Sometime in the morning or midmorning. An informal gathering time to talk with one an another. They want to have a dedicated room. Joanna rather put in for a lunch in the afternoon.
o Friday is clinical ultrasound in pediatric imaging.
o Saturday has a General Session – can put WFPI or AOSPR and core members of
ESPR. – have 10-15 minutes to make a presentation on WFPI – very relevant since ESPR was one of the founding four. Ines said that we will welcome it.
o Other gatherings planned – likely 2 sessions that will be confirmed in mid-September.
● Action Items staff to follow up:
o Dr. Garcia will host an Observership in Santiago, Chile – plan the observership to be in May so prepare the timeline when the application would be accepted in order to make this date.
o Dr. Sodhi – is ready to host another Observership: April, June or March to May
o Amanda mentioned that she believes that her term may be coming due so she would like to have staff follow up on this.
Next EXCOM meeting:
Monday, 12/2/19 – 8:00 am – 9:00 am (CST)