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Oct. 20, 2005 Executive Committee Meeting

Present: Drs. Abraham Dachman, Carl Kalbhen, Jay Korach, Steven Zangan, John Hibbeln, Margaret Stull, Ellen Mendelson, Edward Michals, Leonard Bok, Michael Racenstein, Aruna Vade and Kathleen Ward.

The meeting was called to order at 4:20 PM at The 500 Club of Rush University Medical Center.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the April 21, 2005 meeting were approved.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
Dr. Dachman welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the 2005-06 season and thanked the Executive Committee for their efforts. The International Museum of Surgical Science had approached both the CRS and IRS regarding sponsorship, specifically for their exhibit, “Milestones in Medical Imaging: From X-ray to Nuclear Medicine”. After discussion amongst CRS and IRS Executive Committee members over the summer, both societies have decided not to participate. Individual radiologists are obviously welcome to contribute on their own if they wish. This year’s Nominating Committee was officially appointed and consists of Drs. Edward Melian (Chair), Aruna Vade and Michael Racenstein. The Distinguished Service Award Committee was also appointed and consists of the same three individuals, with Dr. Vade serving as Chair. Dr. Dachman also gave the list of tonight’s Breakout Session speakers, and the Featured Speaker will be Dr. Robert Pugatch of the University of Maryland. Because the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (ASTRO) meeting is taking place this week, the regularly scheduled Radiation Oncology Breakout Session has been cancelled for tonight.

RESIDENT SECTION REPORT:
Dr. Zangan stated that tonight’s Resident Section speaker will be Dr. James Donaldson, Chair of Radiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Dr. Donaldson’s session has been generously sponsored by W.L. Gore. A sponsor has also been secured for the November Resident Section. The speaker list for the Resident’s Section is complete for the 2005-06 season, with Drs. Rita Agarwala of Cook County Hospital and Hector Ferral of Rush University recently added to the program for January and February, respectively.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT
Dr. Kalbhen presented the data from the biennial CRS audit required by the Society’s By-Laws. This covered the time period of 7/1/2002 to 6/30/2004. The assets at the end of the audit period match the Society’s own records, but there are some individual items that appear inconsistent from the first year of the audit to the second. The audit accountant will be contacted for further information, and Dr. Kalbhen will report back to the Executive Committee in November. The Financial Reports for the April-June and July-September quarters of 2005 were also given. Revenue and expense items were as expected, with the Society’s finances remaining strong. Mostly because of Quarterly Analysis Fees charged by Harris Bank for business checking accounts but not by Chase, the Society’s assets were moved from Harris to Chase in August. For the first time some of the Society’s assets have been placed into a short-term Certificate of Deposit. These actions are expected to increase interest income. He also gave a report on the dinner statistics for 2004-05. The Society is still owed $300 for individual meals from last season, and these individuals have not responded to repeated telephone and written requests for payment. Should these individuals register for any future meetings, payment of past debt will be required prior to attendance. Some of the vendors who previously sponsored CRS Golf Outings have been contacted to determine if they would be willing to sponsor monthly meetings; interest so far has been limited.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Korach gave the preliminary program for the combined IRS/CRS/CIRS Educational Symposium to take place on Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17, 2006. The meeting will run Thursday afternoon and evening and all day Friday on the Northwestern University Medical Center campus. The majority of the lectures will be on breast imaging, with speakers chosen from experts both nationally and within the state of Illinois. Dr. Daniel Kopans will give the Featured Speaker session, “The Politics of Breast Cancer” on Thursday evening. The Steven M. Pinsky Resident Paper Presentations will take place Thursday afternoon; interested residents can find guidelines on the IRS web site. A brochure detailing the program will be mailed out to CRS members in the near future. For the remaining CRS meetings this season which will take place as usual at Rush, only two Mammography Breakout Sessions are scheduled because of less than ideal attendance last season. Dr. Korach also reported on the Midwest Clinical Conference put on by the Chicago Medical Society in Oak Brook in September. There was a half-day radiology session moderated by Dr. Korach and with lectures given by several CRS members. The attendees were mostly general physicians, and the session was thought to be well received.

ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT:
Dr. Dachman was pleased to report that six members of the Illinois Radiological Society were made fellows of the American College of Radiology at the Washington, DC meeting last May. The new ACR Fellows are Drs. Jagan Ailinani of Carbondale, Joseph Alenghat of Peoria, Terry Brady of Peoria, William Hartsell of Downers Grove, William Spies of Chicago, and Carter Young of Peoria. The IRS Executive Committee is planning to meet Sunday evening during RSNA week.

NEW BUSINESS:
The CRS was approached by the Field Museum regarding making a donation to allow purchase of a portable digital radiography unit. The museum uses x-ray equipment to examine archeological artifacts, and their current equipment from the 1950s is no longer operational. While all in attendance understand the importance for the museum to update their equipment, it was decided that such monetary donations would be more appropriately made by interested individual radiologists than by the CRS itself.

Dr. Dachman was approached by the RSNA regarding a Career Day being held for Chicago Public High School students on the Thursday of RSNA week. Interested radiologists can attend a luncheon where they will be able to speak one-on-one with students about careers in radiology. The possibility of CRS radiologists participating in a “shadow program”, where a high school student could come observe a radiologist at work for a day was discussed as well.

It was announced that Dr. Paul Harper, a pioneering radiologist at the University of Chicago, had passed away over the summer

Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Kalbhen, MD
Secretary/Treasurer

Dinner was served to 67 people. Following dinner and a short business meeting, Dr. Dachman introduced Dr. Pugatch who gave a talk entitled, “Thoracic Lymphadenopathy”.

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