Message from Alumni Chair, Dr. Anthony Hanbidge
I am honoured to be writing to you to-day as the 2nd Chair of the Medical Imaging Alumni Association. I am an abdominal radiologist working at the Joint Department of Medical Imaging (Sinai Health, University Health Network and Women’s College Hospital), University of Toronto. I completed my residency training in medical imaging at the University of Toronto in 1994 followed by a 1-year fellowship in ultrasound and abdominal CT also at the University of Toronto. I joined the faculty in the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto in July 1995 and have worked in the downtown teaching hospitals ever since.
The Department of Medical Imaging Alumni Association was founded in 2009, under the leadership of Dr. Edna Becker. The Association fosters lifelong commitment, loyalty, pride, passion and support among its members for the Department. The Association comprises graduates of our residency and fellowship training programs as well as current and former faculty. The Office of Alumni Relations currently has 1,430 active alumni in our database.
The association facilitates members to come together to share memories and accomplishments, to network, to participate in educational and social events and to support the activities of the Department, either in-person, financially or both.
The program is administered through the university office under the very capable and enthusiastic direction of Gary Cronin, Communications & Alumni Administrative Coordinator, Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 978-7944. The Association meets its mandate through several annual events and newsletters.
Medical Imaging Alumni and Education Day
Medical Imaging Alumni and Education Day is traditionally the first alumni event of the calendar year. This one-day accredited program is popular amongst local alumni and typically draws approximately 70 registrants. The event has featured a broad range of subject matter over the years including: “Forensic Radiology”, “Imaging in Africa”, “Art and the X-ray”, “Pinpointing medico-legal risk for radiologists”, “Interventional Neuroradiology: Its evolution as a sub-specialty in Toronto and around the world”, “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning: Will we still have a job?” and “Advancing the Future of Medical Imaging” to highlight a few. The day offers opportunities for social interaction over breakfast, buffet lunch and coffee breaks.
General comments have included "Great day - exceeded my expectations", "Wonderful event. Thank you!", "Excellent conference", "Best topics and speakers ever", "Very worthwhile and informative day. It is a great way to reconnect with friends and colleagues" and "Great opportunity to connect with old friends".
Medical Imaging Graduation Dinner
The Alumni Association participates in the annual graduation dinner. All graduates are presented with a University of Toronto pin welcoming them as members of the Alumni Association. A survey is also circulated giving graduates the opportunity to stay connected with the department and subscribe to our Alumni newsletter and Departmental monthly update. The Alumni Research Promotion Award is presented at this dinner.
Medical Imaging Alumni Luncheon
The Annual Alumni Lunch organized to coincide with the Organ Imaging Review Course is another opportunity for Alumni to gather. The event is typically held on the Saturday of the Organ Imaging Conference in September or October. It is always a huge success. Every year this event grows in numbers. The room is filled with conversation, warm smiles and laughter. The Mergelas Family Graduate Student Scholarship is presented at this event.
Medical Imaging RSNA Meet and Greet
The Department of Medical Imaging/Alumni Association hosts an informal evening reception for alumni, residents and fellows in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago. This event offers the association an opportunity to connect with and engage our considerable number of international graduates in addition to local members attending the meeting. The first event took place in 2014 and drew over 60 guests to the Filini Bar and Grill at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The evening was very well received and is now part of the annual calendar. The event has continued to grow in popularity with close to 90 guests attending the 2019 reception.
An annual newsletter highlighting events, alumni award recipients, information and photographs of interest has been published since 2010. Electronic versions of the newsletters can be viewed on the Alumni section of the Department website, http://medical-imaging.utoronto.ca/alumni-newsletters .
The Department of Medical Imaging has a Facebook and Twitter account which alumni have access to, https://www.facebook.com/groups/medicalimaginguoft , https://twitter.com/UofTMedIm .
In conclusion, remember this is your association. Contact us with your suggestions. Give us your feedback. We would love to hear from you. Update your contact information. Inform fellow alumni of the association and encourage them to sign up and participate. Register for our alumni events. Consider donating Donations | medical-imaging.utoronto.ca .
I am proud to be a small part of the association and I look forward to seeing you at a future event.