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March 16, 2006 Executive Committee Meeting

Present: Dr. Abraham Dachman, Dr. Carl Kalbhen, Dr. Ellen Mendelson, Dr. Leonard Berlin, Dr. Gary Dillehay, Dr. Kate Feinstein, Dr. Ruth Ramsey, Dr. Aruna Vade, Dr. Kathleen Ward, Dr. William Small and Mr. Merle Hedland.

The meeting was called to order at 1:25 PM at The Feinberg Pavilion of Northwestern University Medical Center.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
The minutes from the February 16, 2006 meeting were approved after minor revisions.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
Dr. Dachman addressed the Executive Committee for the final time as President, as he will not be able to attend the April 2006 meeting. For the current combined IRS/CRS/CIRS meeting, approximately 120 people have pre-registered. Given this and expected additional on-site registrants, the combined meeting is expected to be successful from an attendance perspective.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE REPORT:
Dr. Dachman gave the report in Dr. Korach’s absence. Dr. Dachman was pleased at how the new CRS meeting format was received when implemented in February. Dr. Feinstein, who presented cases at the first new Boards Review session, thought that resident attendance and interest were encouraging. The plan is for this session to continue at the April meeting and likely during the 2006-07 CRS season as well. Tentative plans for another combined IRS/CRS/CIRS meeting to be held in March 2007 were discussed. The likely topic will be Emergency Radiology. As Northwestern will not be available on the third Thursday of March 2007, the possibility of holding the combined meeting on the Friday and Saturday of that week was discussed. Given the encouraging registration numbers for the current meeting, attempts to get greater sponsorship for 2007 will be made.

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT:
Dr. Kalbhen gave the Financial Report for February; revenue and expense items were as expected, with the Society’s finances remaining strong. He also requested and received approval from the Executive Committee to send out written invitations to past Distinguished Service Award winners for Dr. Moss’s Gold Medal reception in April. Dr. Kalbhen also presented Dr. Dachman with a plaque recognizing him for his hard work and strong leadership as CRS President this season.

FELLOWSHIP REPORT:
Dr. Dillehay reported that only one Illinois radiologist had applied for Fellowship this year, and that his application was deferred. No Illinois radiologists will become ACR Fellows at the May meeting in Washington, DC.

ILLINOIS RADIOGICAL SOCIETY REPORT:
This was tabled, as a formal report will be given by Dr. Stevens tomorrow at the IRS luncheon meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:
Dr. Feinstein brought up the possibility of the CRS offering Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) as well as CME at future meetings. This may encourage attendance, as the completion of SAMs is part of the ABR recertification requirements.

Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Carl Kalbhen, MD
Secretary/Treasurer

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