Local Learning = Local Benefits for Patients and Families

Physicians are lifelong learners, seeking out new research and ways to improve the care they provide to patients and families. Our radiologists at Cincinnati Children’s are committed to their ongoing education. They attend regional, national and even international conferences and annual meetings to learn continually and advance their training to better care for your child. At these kinds of large meetings and conferences, formal presentations of basic radiologic principles or original research are given by speakers from all over the country and the world. Recently, however, a different sort of meeting took place a little closer to home.

Dr. Steve Kraus, the Division Chief of Fluoroscopy, sponsored a more informal and unconventionally relaxed meeting of local Tristate pediatric radiologists. He wanted the participants to share their most relevant and hands-on experiences with patient care and to learn from each other. The 25 pediatric radiologists were encouraged to bring an interesting case presentation to present to the group for further discussion and questions. This more causal meeting inspired participants to engage in more in-depth conversations about their current practices and explore new ways of imaging and caring for children. The more intimate setting encouraged collaboration on potential project ideas and meaningful networking that can easily be continued through the close proximity of the participants. Radiologists from Riley Children’s in Indianapolis, IN, Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, OH, Dayton Children’s in Dayton, OH, Kosair Children’s in Louisville, KY, University of Kentucky Children’s in Lexington KY, and Cincinnati Children’s in Cincinnati, OH, were part of this first annual Tristate Radiology Meeting.

The causal and more social aspects of the meeting were important for the participants to “break the ice,” said Dr. Kraus. With a smaller meeting room and a more open arrangement of seating, participants felt included and energized. “I think it worked for our meeting; there was great interaction and lively discussion between the participants.” The relaxed format encouraged excellent questions throughout the presentations and this lead to more relevant discussions of each radiologist’s practice. Everyone left the one-day event with stronger community resources and new ideas. This will directly benefit the patients and families in our Tristate area.

Contributed by Steven Kraus, MD and edited by Catherine Leopard (Child Life).

Catherine Leopard

About the Author: Catherine Leopard

Catherine is a Child Life Specialist who works in Cincinnati Children’s Department of Radiology. She has always been drawn to helping children overcome their fears. As a young child, Catherine remembers sitting in her pediatrician’s office feeling sad as she listened to young babies crying in exam rooms. In response, she began singing lullabies through the walls to sooth and comfort those children in distress. As an adult, she first experienced the support of Child Life when her infant daughter was hospitalized. After that positive experience, Catherine completed her Child Life internship at Cincinnati Children’s and has worked here ever since. Her daughter is now a teenager and her son is an active 3rd grader.

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