|JESPeR E-newsletter 1|
WelcomeAmsterdam, 23 September 2003
Welcome to the first JESPeR newsletter. Although the Genoa meeting is part of recent history and each of us has gone home to enjoy a spectacular summer. We would like to thank those who attended the first JESPeR meeting. We personally felt it to be inspiring to meet Junior Paediatric Radiologists from so many countries.
Øystein and I have continued to work on JESPeR. One of the first tangible results is the publication of an editorial entitled ‘The Young Unite in JESPeR’ in Paediatric Radiology (for those of you who are not a member of the ESPR, the editorial is included in this newsletter).
We felt that it was necessary to have a mission statement in which we not only describe the aim of JESPeR but also its structure. We have discussed this with the secretary and treasurer of the ESPR, who agreed that a structure should be laid down.
As discussed in Genoa a JESPeR web site has been developed. This site will be added to the ESPR website and contains information with regard to education, fellowships and available positions. Additionally it contains interesting links to websites dedicated to paediatric radiology and medical applications for portable digital assistants (PDA’s). As you can imagine a site like this is always under construction we appreciate input from our members. Ideally will be become a meeting point for JESPeR members.
As you may have noticed the top of this page only contains the JESPeR name. In the future we would also like to place a logo on the e-newsletters and the web site. For this we have had more than generous help from Dr. Stefan Puig from Vienna. He has provided us with five different logos for JESPeR. You will find them in this e-newsletter. As JESPeR aims to be open and democratic, we have decided to ask our members to decide which logo we should choose. The result of this vote will be presented in the next e-newsletter.
Until the next e-newsletter,
All the best!
Rick R. van Rijn
Øystein E. Olsen.
Thanks to the kind help of Stefan Puig we’re proud to present five logos, which can be found through out this newsletter. We feel that the logo is important to JESPeR’s image and therefore its members should vote on it. Please mail your choice to Øystein Olsen. The result of the election is based on a majority vote and is not open for discussion. In the next e-newsletter the JESPeR logo you have chosen will be presented.
The Young Unite in JESPeR
The roundtable discussion held at the 2003 Congress of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) in Genoa addressed serious concerns for the future recruitment to paediatric radiology. How can we inspire young colleagues and promote clinical work, development, and cutting edge research in our field? Set against this backdrop, a group of 28 young radiologists from 10 different countries converged for discussion and action – the first “junior” meeting within the ESPR ever – to our best knowledge. A society within the society was instituted, with the very kind support and enthusiasm of the Officers and General Assembly of the ESPR. And the name of the child: Junior ESPR (JESPeR), a forum for paediatric radiologists in training or those with less than six years’ consultant/specialist grade experience.
The idea of a junior forum resulted from international liaison, being conceived in spring 2002 by Dr Amaka Offiah and the two authors. The three met during their fellowships at Great Ormond Hospital for Children in London, and further developed the idea at the ESPR meeting in Bergen in 2002. The importance of international collaboration was also indeed the most important topic at the first JESPeR meeting. One of the most frequently heard comments was that there is an information flow deficiency in general within the society, and, specifically, no real networks for communication between its younger members.
The first meeting of JESPeR assigned high priority to three particular areas:
Firstly, JESPeR must act as an information hub for young paediatric radiologists. A comprehensive overview of relevant conferences, courses, and grants is needed. There should also be information available on different European training and fellowship programs, as well as appraisals of these programs. Further, direct postings and contact between members should be facilitated. For these purposes, we will set up a web site on the Internet, linked to the homepage of the ESPR. An electronic newsletter will also be distributed to the members.
Secondly, JESPeR should promote academic research among young paediatric radiologists. Clinical research in the paediatric population in particular, will benefit from collaboration across the borders, since one is often dealing with rather small groups of patients. Important also is to contribute to making various research funding, e.g. European Union grants, available to young scientists in our own field.
Thirdly, it is crucial that the emerging group of young paediatric radiologists get involved in decision making within the ESPR. This is particularly important in questions regarding postgraduate training and scientific programs. We warmly welcome the reinstitution of the ESPR young scientist award, which is to be granted for scientific contribution at the annual meetings of the society. It is also the hope that the meetings of the society will be even more welcoming to the young researcher, for instance by allocation one scientific session.
It is of major importance that a unanimous ESPR General Assembly backed the institution and ideas of JESPeR. Adding the names of further enthusiastic young paediatric radiologists to the list of JESPeR members will soon become the most important source of inspiration, which is needed for the continuous efforts of realising the agreed aims.
JESPeR membership is free of charge and open to trainees and to radiologists with less than six years’ consultant/specialist grade experience. Names and email addresses of those who sign up will be added to the list of members, which in due course will be posted on the JESPeR homepage. The Chair or Secretary can be contacted via email.
We hope that JESPeR will prosper and provide a positive influence within the field of paediatric radiology.
This editorial has been published in Paediatric Radiology 2003; 33(9): 670
JESPeR Mission Statement
The Junior European Society for Paediatric Radiology (JESPeR) was founded in 2003 as a subsidiary to the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) and as such the board adheres to the bylaws of the ESPR.
JESPeR targets two specific groups:
• Junior paediatric radiologists, who are (corresponding) members of the ESPR. Junior is defined as board certified radiologists with less than six years experience in paediatric radiology.
• European radiologists in training.
The board of JESPeR consists of a chairperson and a secretary. Both positions are available to ESPR members who fulfil the JESPeR membership criteria. The term of office is two years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The members of the board will be chosen by JESPeR members at the annual ESPR meeting. Voting will be possible at the time of the JESPeR meeting and also via email up to one week before the annual meeting.
Functions of JESPeR
• Maintain a website, subsidiary to the ESPR website, with up to date information in paediatric radiology. The website focuses on training, courses, conferences and job opportunities.
• Produce a quarterly E-newsletter for all JESPeR members.
• Organise an educational JESPeR ‘How do I do it’-session at the annual ESPR meeting. This is an interactive tutorial session on practical aspects of paediatric radiology.
• Support and promote research in paediatric radiology.
• Institute and award a JESPeR fellowship grant, presented annually at the ESPR meeting.
• Involve junior paediatric radiologists in the ESPR.
JESPeR membership is free.
23 September 2003
Chair: Rick R. van Rijn, MD. PhD.
Secretary: Øystein E. Olsen, MD.
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