Author: Jennifer McCarty

Jennifer McCarty • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences @JMcCartyMD

Assistant Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

ASNR 2016 Meeting Social Media Recap

The ASNR 54th Annual meeting is in the books and was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Howard Rowley and many others. The ever increasing social media presence of the society and its members continues to complement the live educational content and connect members. This year we saw a large online presence, growing lecture series, and got a glimpse at the different directions social media will head in the years to come.


By including the hashtag #ASNR16, users could participate in the meeting via platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Social media activity continues to grow from past meetings. During the week of the 2016 meeting there were 2,589 tweets and 369 participants on Twitter alone. 1,2

2014 2015 2016
Hashtag #ASNR14 #ASNR15 #ASNR16
Participants 50 340 369
Tweets 393 2,388 2,589
Data Date Range 5/16 – 5/22/14 4/22 – 4/30/15 5/20 – 5/26/16

ASNR 2014-2016 Annual Meeting Twitter Activity. Data obtained from

A new use of the online social media feed was trialed during the 2016 meeting — live tweeting of questions for panelists. This was successfully implemented for the Gadolinium symposium. Whether in the room or tweeting from home, Twitter users could ask Dr. Max Wintermark and panelists questions using the hashtag #GadSymposium announced at the start of the symposium.


This year’s meeting also incorporated social media content into its Healthcare Policy programming and Young Professionals Section (YPS) programming tracks. Dr. Amy Kotsenas (@AmyKotsenas) presented the well-received “Technology Disrupters and the Impact of Social Media” Monday morning. The next day, the YPS track series began with inspiring leadership lectures from Drs. Robert Barr (@rmbxray) and Christine Glastonbury (@CMGlastonbury). This was followed by ‘Why’ and ‘How’ we do it sessions from Twitter super users …

A Proposal to Move the Fellowship Match to the R4 Year

My recent neuroradiology fellowship interview trail was truly enjoyable — a chance to meet neuroradiologists I admire, reunite with old friends, and deepen my appreciation for the neuroradiology division at my current institution. Despite this pleasant experience, I feel the fourth (R4) year of residency would be better suited for fellowship interviews and the match.

Prior to restructuring the ABR board examination, it seemed logical to position fellowship interviews in the third year of residency. There was enough time to establish the next step in a resident’s life before becoming lost in the oral exam “board frenzy”.1-3 Now, our third year residents take on the new ABR Core Exam, AIRP, meetings, projects, and clinical rotations/call in addition to the “fellowship frenzy”.4 And let’s not forget life outside of work. That’s a tall order for one academic year.

Moving fellowship interviews and the match to the fourth year would address problems not only related to applicants’ busy third year schedules, but also issues in the fourth year stemming from the new timeline of the ABR exams. Programs across the country are now stocked with a surplus of bright fourth year residents who have passed the boards and matched to fellowships. While these senior residents maintain an internal drive for success, the ambition and hunger seem to have dampened in some. Delaying the fellowship match may prolong residents’ eagerness about the field and desire to maintain a competitive edge.

The current timeline has its advantages. I am thrilled about the match results. Now I can take advantage of my last year with my residency institution and connect with my fellowship institution. Additionally, my husband and I have time to plan ahead for my fellowship year. However, a full year of advance notice is a luxury, not a necessity.

We have …

Image Experts

As radiologists we are imaging experts. We instantly assess thousands of pixels and contours — analyzing everything from anatomy to pathology to image quality. Does this expertise in image assessment arm us with a skill set useful not only in evaluating images, but also in creating them?

I recently read a nice article in the journal of Neurosurgery titled “The Art of Medicine”. The author, Dr. Lewis Blevins Jr., shares his clinical experience through artistic expression. He is not alone. The overlap between physicians and artists for most of us begins with a copy of the Atlas of Human Anatomy by Dr. Frank Netter. Many radiologists likewise demonstrate not only an interest in art, but also a talent for it. This year I came across beautiful examples of artistry in radiology that include Dr. Aletta Ann Frazier’s illustrative pieces presented at AIRP as well as Dr. Matt Skalski’s Radiopaedia diagrams and ASNR 2015 Meeting Twitter logo.

I was first introduced to the concept of creating original figures and diagrams in medical school by neuroradiologist Dr. Roy Riascos, and have pursued this art form since. The experience of creating an image that correlates with findings in our patients provides radiologists with an enhanced opportunity for learning. When we are responsible for every bend and curve in an image, we comprehend the underlying anatomy and pathology on a much deeper level.

With the advent of the digital age, the mouse and stylus provide interesting alternatives to the brush and canvas. Illustration programs such as “Inkpad” and “Paper by FiftyThree” are free and easily accessible on the iPad. Vector graphics (digital images comprised not by specific pixels, but by formulas for the lines and curves that make these images) are the new artistic medium. In fact, most of us have …