Lucy B. Spalluto, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Women in Radiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
AAWR Spring 2020 Presidential Address:
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, I was awakened by the emergency weather alarm on my phone, followed shortly by the sound of tornado sirens. Within minutes, an EF3 tornado had plowed through the heart of Nashville, laying a path of destruction. This included devastating effects on the homes of friends and colleagues, local businesses, and storage facilities for medical supplies.
As our local community bands together to overcome this natural disaster, we find ourselves also joining the global community in the worldwide fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The challenges COVID-19 presents to the healthcare community and our society are unprecedented.
The first quarter of 2020 has been, to say it mildly, difficult. As I reflect on these current challenges, I identify a common thread of community. I am incredibly thankful for the communities surrounding me. This includes my colleagues at Vanderbilt, colleagues I work with through national societies including the AAWR, family, neighbors, and friends.
I encourage each of you to engage with the communities that surround you. Be thankful for these communities and for the support they offer us. Be thankful for our loved ones, our friends, and our colleagues. And, remember the members of your community who might be more affected by these current events than you are and consider ways in which we can work together to overcome our current challenges.
Due to the serious nature of COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming in-person AAWR events at the American College of Radiology (ACR) Meeting remain under review. The AAWR will follow the direction of the ACR and will offer virtual methods to connect in lieu of any in-person conference programming as necessary. We will also continue to offer an array of webinars and explore additional e-meeting opportunities.
As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. And, remember the AAWR community is available to engage with during these trying times.
Lucy Spalluto, MD, MPH