American College of Radiology Goes Virtual for 2021

November 12, 2020
Whitney J. Palmer

For the second year, ACR members will connect online for the annual meeting.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) announced Nov. 11 that the annual meeting will be virtual again for 2021.

Scheduled for May 15-19, 2021, the meeting will not only cover governance essentials, but it will expand to also incorporate educational programming and networking opportunities.

Safety was the main concern behind this decision, said Richard Duszak, Jr., M.D., FACR, ACR council speaker, especially since the long-standing annual meeting site – the Marriott Wardman Park hotel – has been closed since March and has not confirmed it can host the meeting while abiding by appropriate social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

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“The ACR Council Steering Committee made this difficult decision in consideration of the safety of all ACR member and their families, as well as ACR staff,” Duszak said. “We also know that many of our attendees are under travel restrictions and unable to attend an in-person meeting.”

With this format, he said, even more members will be able to participate in the governance and knowledge-sharing activities. In particular, conference attendees can partake CME; caucus meetings; council elections; and considerations of parameters, technical standards, and policy resolutions. Standard events, including the President’s Address, the Moreton Lecture, and the ACR Gold Medals and Honorary Fellowships, will also be part of the meeting.

Registration for the meeting is expected to open in early 2021. Members with questions should contact csc@acr.org.