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President's Message
MARCH 2023

Dear all,
 

This year's ECR had the cycle of life as its main theme. As always, the congress did not disappoint in delivering a comprehensive platform of learning and communication for radiologists, radiographers and medical physicists. The scientific program covered all usual aspects of body imaging, and perhaps for the first time, went beyond the conventional, by dealing quite extensively with imaging of the afterlife, with a number of sessions covering post mortem radiology as well as imaging of inanimate objects e.g. art, historical artifacts and musical instruments. Also commendable was the plenary session dealing with environmental sustainability, followed by related sessions, e.g. impact of contrast media on the environment. Finally, artifical intelligence was once again at the heart of both educational and research sessions, taking centre stage in one of the plenary lectures. There were plenty of sessions dedicated directly to trainees, including preparation for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDIR). 5333 radiologists from all around the world have attempted the examination since its inception in 2011 and 3775 radiologists have passed the exam, with a pass rate of 69%. Malta was one of two venues that hosted the first session of EDIR in 2023. Interventional radiology was also amply covered at ECR 2023, in the 'Cube'. 
 
With an equal mix of happiness and sadness I announce the end of my second term as president of the Maltese Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians. All beginnings lead to an end! Sadness comes from leaving a role of leadership in the specialty that has filled up my professional career. Happiness comes from knowledge of the many good things we have achieved together over the past years and also from knowing that I will continue to fulfill my duty in the sector of radiology training for the foreseeable future.  

 
The Maltese Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians will continue with its primary role of setting the training curriculum for radiologists and will continue to work closely with the Radiology Postgraduate Training Committee, within the national Postgraduate Training Centre and with the Radiology Department in the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in the University of Malta to ensure continued delivery of high level Radiology training in line with European standards. The association will also continue to fulfill its legal requirement to represent our sister specialties of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine on the Specialist Accreditation Committee. Last but not least, MARNMP will also continue to represent and support its members in all issues that are of primary interest to its members.

 
I would like to end this message by thanking all members of MARNMP committee with whom I worked during my tenure as president. All that was achieved was only thanks to their continuous and unfailing support. I also want to auger all my best wishes and promise my full support to the forthcoming MARNMP president.
 

Adrian Mizzi
President of the Maltese Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians.

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