Patel lands speaking spot, promotes social media mentoring at radiology convention

Amy Patel, M.D. ’11, addressed the radiologists’ convention in Chicago.

Social media can play a crucial role in mentoring and sponsoring young radiologists, Amy Patel, M.D. ’11, recently told the 2018 convention of  the Radiological Society of North America.

Patel was one of only five radiologists worldwide chosen to make a 5-minute “Fast 5 Session” presentation at the radiologists’ Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago. The convention, billed as the largest meeting of radiologists in the world, this year drew 60,000 people.

Patel is medical director of women’s imaging at Liberty Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at the UMKC School of Medicine. She told the gathering that Twitter and other social media made it possible to connect medical students, residents and fellows to practicing physicians. The hashtags #RADxx (for female radiologists) and #RADxy (for male radiologists) make it easier to connect on Twitter, she said, and as a result she is now mentoring or sponsoring many radiology trainees across the country who have sought her out.

“Social media has the opportunity to become the great equalizer,” Patel said.

The Fast 5 Session presented five radiologists each addressing a non-clinical topic. Competition for the speaking spots was heavy, and Patel said it was an honor to be chosen.

The full 2018 Fast 5 Session can be viewed here. Patel is the last of the five speakers and is introduced at the 22:50 mark. Her presentation begins at 23:45.

 

Dr. Rosado de Christenson chosen as 2018 ARRS gold medalist

Dr. Rosado de Christenson

Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, M.D., professor of radiology, has been named recipient of the American Roentgen Ray Society Gold Medal. It is the highest honor awarded for distinguished service to radiology.

The award will be presented during the ARRS 2018 Annual Meeting opening ceremonies on Sunday, April 22, in Washington, D.C.

Rosado de Christenson serves as section chief of thoracic imaging at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.

She retired from active duty in the United States Air Force as a colonel in 2001 after more than 25 years of military service. She is a graduate of the charter class of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where she received her MD degree and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Continued >>>

Brandt Wible, M.D., appointed interim chair of radiology

Brandt Wible, M.D.

School of Medicine Dean Steven L. Kanter, M.D., has appointed Brandt Wible, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Radiology effective April 1, 2018. Under Wible’s leadership, the Department of Radiology will continue its important role in the School of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate education and research programs.

Wible received his M.D. from the Rush Medical College. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Wible is a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and recently published a second edition of a textbook on interventional procedures in radiology. His clinical interests include oncologic and vascular imaging and treatment and clinical research at Saint Luke’s Plaza and Lee’s Summit Hospitals.

Kanter expressed his thanks and appreciation to Jeffrey Kunin, M.D., for his leadership as interim chair of the UMKC School of Medicine from 2016 to 2018.

Celebrating lives saved by TMC lung cancer screening

Dr. Justin Stowell, a radiology resident at Truman Medical Center, talked about the success of an early lung cancer screening program he leads.

The UMKC Health Sciences District marked Lung Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday with “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer,” a midday event that outlined the district’s early lung cancer screening, treatment and prevention efforts, led by Truman Medical Centers.

TMC’s screening program emphasizes early detection and treatment for longtime smokers and ex-smokers. The event Thursday celebrated its patients’ and doctors’ success in committing to healthy living and saving lives. The screening program uses low-dose CT scans and is the only one in the nation to be driven by resident physicians, who are supervised by faculty from the UMKC School of Medicine.

Among the speakers at the event was Dr. Justin Stowell, the radiology resident who started the screening program and who has compiled statistics on its early success. When lung cancer is detected in its early stage, he said, cure rates of 70 to 80 percent are possible.

And besides catching lung cancer early, Stowell said TMC’s  program has had success in getting more than one-fifth of the people tested to quit smoking.

Lung cancer is responsible for 155,000 U.S. deaths a year, more than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined, which emphasizes the need for awareness events such as “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer.” Stowell also noted that Medicare covers the early screening for many longtime smokers, and insurance companies have been adding coverage as the success of the screenings has been demonstrated.

The event, which included a barbecue lunch, was attended by some lung cancer survivors who had benefited from the screenings and subsequent treatment or surgery to remove their cancer. A video was shown that told the survival story of Thaddus Owens, who was at the luncheon.

The event also drew some smokers whose doctors had encouraged them to attend. One of them was 64-year-old Carl Kendall, who said he had tapered off in recent years but still smoked at least half a pack a day.

“I started smoking in 1968,” he said. “I have a doctor’s appointment next week, and I’m going to ask about this screening.”

Charlie Shields, TMC president and CEO, kicked off the presentations. Besides highlighting the screening program’s success, he noted that “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer” was the first event sponsored by the UMKC Health Sciences District—a newly formed, premier academic health district made up of collaborating health care institutions on Hospital Hill.

Representatives of the School of Pharmacy presented information on smoking and lung cancer.

 “Truman Medical Centers is proud to be part of this exciting partnership,” Shields said. “The UMKC Health Sciences District is proving to do what it was intended, and that is to improve the health of the community in a variety of ways.”

The UMKC Health Sciences District is a cooperative partnership formed by 12 neighboring health care institutions on Hospital Hill: University of Missouri- Kansas City and its School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry; Truman Medical Centers; Children’s Mercy; Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department; Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine; Jackson County Medical Examiner; Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. 

 

“Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer”

The UMKC Health Sciences District kicked off November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month by hosting “Smokin’ Out Lung Cancer.” Truman Medical Centers took the lead in the BBQ luncheon event, which raised awareness about lung cancer and lung cancer screening for trainees, faculty, staff, students and patients from across Hospital Hill. It also doubled as a celebration of the initial successes of TMC’s lung cancer screening program — the only resident-driven program in the country. For photos of the event, check our events page.

In the first 18 months after forming the multidisciplinary lung screening program, residents and fellows from UMKC successfully screened over 470 patients — a number that continues to grow. The cancer detection rate based on preliminary data is 27 cancers/1000 scans, which is more than five times the detection rate reported nationally in the ACR National Radiology Data Registry. Moreover, the majority of the lung cancers identified through the TMC program have been found at early, treatable stages, which is the ultimate goal of the screening CT.

The Radiology Department also saw more than half of the screened patients enter the path to living smoke-free. More than 22 percent of these patients QUIT SMOKING and the remainder decreased their habit — all within 18 months of screening.

For more information on the event and lung cancer awareness month, click here and check out the following interview with KSHB.com

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

On April 28, 2016 UMKC was approved for the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) program by the ACGME. The purpose of ESIR is to provide an alternative path for Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residents who identify an early desire to enter into Interventional Radiology (IR). ESIR is a modification of the curriculum in a DR residency. The establishment of a uniform ESIR curriculum at participating DR residency programs ensures that these residents obtain adequate IR training. ESIR training requires residents to rotate in 12 IR or IR-related rotations (including an ICU rotation) during PGY2-5 with documentation of 500 IR or IR-related procedures. DR residents that complete the prescribed ESIR training and satisfy the IR procedural requirements will be eligible to receive credit for the first year of the Independent IR Residency and enter directly into the second year the Independent IR Residency program, thus still being able to complete training within 6 years. These residents will enter via the NRMP independent residency Match.

Applicants interested in the UMKC ESIR program will be current residents in the UMKC DR program. Typically they will have completed 1 month of ICU training and 3 months of dedicated IR training in the PGY1-PGY4 years; however, more than 3 months of IR or IR-related rotations during PGY1-PGY4 will be allowed at the discretion of the Diagnostic Radiology program director.

Application for entry into the ESIR program at UMKC will be made in January of the applicants PGY3 year. The IR program director will review the compiled application materials and interviews will be granted by invitation after preliminary selection. The applicants will be assessed with regard to their skill set they have demonstrated in interventional radiology along with academic excellence, leadership skills, research experience and character, regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, handicap, sex or age as required by law. The selection committee will then generate a ranked list of the candidates by late January and offer the positions accordingly. One to two positions will be available per year.

For more information, please contact:
Nathan Saucier, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Missouri Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Hospital
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

Students win awards in Missouri ACP poster competition

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Gaurav Anand won the student poster presentation competition at a recent meeting of the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Two students received awards for their research posters at the Missouri chapter of the American College of Physicians annual meetings at Osage Beach. The meetings took place Sept. 15-18.

Fifth-year student Gaurav Anand captured the first prize and Danielle Cunningham, also a fifth-year student, placed third in the student poster presentations.

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Danielle Cunningham

Anand conducted his research at the Vision Research Center with Peter Koulen, Ph.D., Director of Basic Research and Felix and Carmen Sabates Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research, and Christa Montgomery, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Vision Research Center. He titled his winning poster, Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid signaling pathways.

“I was interested in the field of neuroscience and ophthalmology,” Anand said. “I wanted to start conducting basic science research in order to further explore my interest in these areas before attempting to conduct clinical research.”

With his first place award, Anand is now eligible to take part in the poster competition at the national ACP meeting next March in San Diego.

“Working alongside two outstanding mentors, Dr. Koulen and Dr. Montgomery, I have gained an immense amount of experience and have learned everything from performing basic science techniques to using complex imaging and data analysis programs,” Anand said. “I have also become familiar with the process of compiling data, graphs, and other information in order to create a presentable research poster. All in all, the experience I have gained will be very beneficial for the research projects I conduct in the future.”

Cunningham placed third with her poster, Neuroradiologic characteristics of astrobastoma and systemic review of the literature: 2 new cases and 125 cases reported in 59 publications.

At the meeting, five students and 13 residents from the School of Medicine presented posters. The Missouri ACP competition drew 20 student posters and 80 posters from residents of medical schools throughout the state.

Collaborate with Radiology, virtually anywhere

Polycom ‘Real Presence’ provides accessibility, efficiency

Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.) Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.)

Dr. Doug Rivard and his Radiology team can’t be in person everywhere at once to read images, but the Polycom “Real Presence” tool installed on every Children’s Mercy Hospital PC makes radiologists available to collaborate with providers virtually anywhere, anytime.

“We want to make subspecialty radiology expertise more available for our referring physicians,” said Dr. Rivard, Radiology Department Chair. “We’ve adopted the ‘Real Presence’ tool so that providers can connect with the radiologist who interpreted their patient’s study regardless of their respective locations to view diagnostic images and collaborate in real time.”

Radiology has collaborated mostly with CM orthopaedic surgeons by scrolling through images on monitors and discussing the imaging findings in real time while the patient and surgeon are in the operating room.

“We’ve proven it works,” Dr. Rivard said.

Radiology_polycom2 Doug Rivard, DO, Radiology Department Chair, tests the Real Presence collaboration tool with Steven Shapiro, MD, MDSA, Director-Division of Child Neurology. (Dr. Shapiro is visible on the screen to the left.)

Richard Schwend, MD, FAAP, Orthopaedic Surgery, Director-Orthopaedic Research Program and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Orthopaedics, described the benefits of collaborating with Radiology via Real Presence.

“We have been collaborating with our Radiology colleagues in the operating room with the O arm (surgical imaging system) during spine surgery,” Dr. Schwend said. “Patients with scoliosis may have a very distorted spine, making it most important to accurately place pedicle screws during surgery as fixation points for connecting the rods. After the screws are placed and the O arm is used to image the accuracy of the screws, our radiologist has been able to review with us in real time the actual O arm images. By doing this, we are able to examine the placement and accuracy of each screw.

“By having our radiologist going through each image with us, we get the benefit of their experienced eyes and an immediate second opinion,” Dr. Schwend added. “This way we can continue attending to the surgery but still be assured that we have thoroughly looked at the radiographic images. Any screws not in the optimal position can be replaced or removed before the rods are connected. This makes for more successful and safer surgery and decreases chance of needing to revise the implants later.”

Dr. Rivard said, “We’re confident that collaborating with other providers will be just as beneficial and successful as our work with Orthopaedics. The Polycom Real Presence tool will greatly enhance efficiency for specialty providers and for the Department of Radiology. We encourage our colleagues to take advantage of this resource to provide even better care for our patients.”