AAWR Luncheon at ARRS 2015
Elizabeth K. Arleo, MD


            Twenty AAWR members gathered for lunch in Toronto’s Metro Convention Center on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12-1pm, for the annual AAWR luncheon at ARRS. Dr. Lynn Fordham, previously president of the AAWR, presided. Several other past AAWR presidents attended as well, including Dr. Katarzyna Macura [and any others]. A lovely buffet including soup, pasta salad, sandwiches, iced tea, coffee, fruit “shards,” and delectable cookies was enjoyed by all.

            First, Dr. Neda Sedora-Roman, a 3rd year radiology resident at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston, was awarded the AAWR ARRS Member-in-Training Award for 2015 for her abstract, “Breast MRI: Us BIRADS 4A, 4B, 4C helpful in interpretation?” Then, the panel discussion, “Future women leaders in radiology: how to climb the ladder and overcome challenges,” began. The panelists attempting to address this difficult topic included: Dr. Kathleen Fink, a neuroradiologist at the University of Washington; Dr. Elizabeth K. Arleo, a breast/body imager from NY-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell; Dr. Ashley Simonak, a 4th-year resident at University of South Carolina; and Dr. Jennifer Favinger, chief radiology resident at University of Washington. Several themes recurred, including the importance of: a supportive partner and nanny; a positive work environment, where there is an emphasis on being a team player and helping colleagues; considering carefully when to reveal pregnancy during a job search; saying yes and no according to whether doing something, or not, furthers individual professional and/or personal goals; and multiple reminders to “take care of yourself!”

            The conversation continued after the panel hour ended, with members and attendees continuing to talk and network until the next scientific session began. We look forward to seeing you at future AAWR events, which occur at nearly every major national and international radiology meeting – for details, please visit the website: www.aawr.org. If you have friends who are considering AAWR membership, then please bring them along!