Aaron David Sodickson, MD, PhD
President and Fellow of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER)
Division Chief, Emergency Radiology
Director, Brigham NightWatch Program
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School of Radiology
Dear friends and colleagues,
It is a tremendous personal pleasure for me to serve as your ASER president this year. When I first joined ASER in 2005, I was immediately struck by the camaraderie, warmth, and excitability of everyone I met. I was thrilled by the openness to new ideas, and by all the vigorous debate without ego, a rare thing in medicine. As I’ve become more involved over the years, I continue to delight in our rapidly growing but still tight-knit group of colleagues who genuinely care about one another and are extremely passionate about what we do. I haven’t missed a meeting since that first one in 2005, and each feels to me like a homecoming, a chance to reconnect with so many like-minded colleagues around the globe.
Our society continues to grow, and to become ever more relevant as so much of healthcare occurs in emergent settings. While in the past, our society has primarily represented those who self-identify as Emergency Radiologists, our goals are in fact much broader, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the “diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill or injured patients” (see mission statement).
It’s been a busy time since my term began during our last annual meeting. I’ve been thrilled to work with our many motivated committees, each of which has developed a set of priority initiatives to fit our overall strategic goals. You will hear more about their efforts, and opportunities to get involved, in upcoming communications. My thanks to all of our engaged committee members, and in particular to each of our committee chairs and their executive committee sponsors, who have built great momentum so far.
As many of you have heard by now, the ASER Executive Committee has, after much due diligence, decided to transition from IMM to our new management company, Veritas. While we had been pleased with IMM in recent years, we decided to make this transition as we believe Veritas is better structured to help us advance our growing society objectives by serving as our enablers and implementers on numerous ongoing initiatives. Veritas brings a whole new level of organization and infrastructure, and comes highly recommended from multiple other radiology societies of similar scope to ours. We completed our transition to Veritas at the end of January, and you may have already noticed our refreshed website. Our Veritas team is actively engaged with all of our committees and will be instrumental in helping us to deliver even more value in our societal outreach, educational, and research initiatives.
Beginning this month, we are starting a new communication plan to update you more frequently on events, cases of the month, committee and other society accomplishments, and other news of interest to our ASER membership. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly to me and our team with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions at info@ASER.org. We welcome your voice, your passion, and your engagement.