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What You Need to Know Before Your First RSNA

What You Need to Know Before Your First RSNA

  • Must-know tips for first-time RSNA attendees.
  • Be early.
  • Know what you want.
  • Don't be deterred by a full house.
  • Prepare your schedule before the meeting, and make updates during the conference.
  • Be focused.
  • Get some reading material.
  • Insider tip on reviewing the basics.
  • Take advantage of the Residents and Fellows lounge.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for residents and fellows.
  • Be social.
  • Get competitive.
  • There's an app for that.
  • Meet someone new.
  • Network, network, network.

The other day, I overheard a conversation between two residents:

Resident 1: "I got approved to go to RSNA this year."

Resident 2: "Great news. I love the RSNA meeting. It's going to be tough to top last year though."

Resident 1: "This is actually my first time ever going, even though I'm a fourth year."

Resident 2: "RSNA is unlike any other conference you've been to. You have no idea what you're getting yourself in for."

While the experience at RSNA means something different to each of the 50,000+ attendees, there is one common thread among all attendees. Whether you are a practicing radiologist, trainee, exhibitor, American, or foreigner, RSNA is, in fact, unlike any other conference you've been to before, unless you happen to attend the Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers Meeting, or the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which are the only other conferences that draw greater than 50,000 attendees, according to the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association.

I've asked some of my acquaintances that I reconnect with every year at RSNA to share what they wish they knew before they attended their first RSNA meeting as a way to help those trainees who will be attending their first meeting. Feel free to reminisce about your first RSNA experience and share your own thoughts in the comments section below.



I vividly recall my first RSNA experience in 1995. The DICOM standard was a hot topic and you could go to one vendor's both, get photographed and collect your printout at another vendor's booth.Not a big deal today but we're talking of 21 years ago. I think irrespective of how many times you have been to RSNA, there's always the sheer buzz of more than 50,000 attendees and the queues to contend with. So, yes, it's vital to spend some time planning out what to see and what to leave for another day..I used to love the daily RSNA bulletins as well

Raju @

Overwhelming and exhilarating experience. It makes you proud to be a Radiologist. Every facet of radiology is at the conference. Displays and scientific exhibits from all over the world regarding radiology and imaging. Wonderful scientific sessions by world famous speakers. Textbooks from most all publishers of radiology data. Technical exhibits including all facets of radiology, equipment, MRI, CT, US and digital imaging. Workstations, image storage devices. A place where all of these forms can be purchased and compared. Interventional things i.e. aprons, needles, and devices for procedures.

Steven @

it is very importan to "study" the Pocket Guide with the location of hotel, bus stops, and the McCormick buildings before the meeting. After that, all become so easy!


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