Ontario patients are and continue to be our first priority!
I am pleased to be writing to you as President of the Ontario Association of Radiologists. I would like to thank OAR Board Members and the OAR membership for their ongoing commitment, support and confidence. The Ontario Association of Radiologists stands at an historic moment posed by government huge challenges that can potentially undermine Ontario's DI infrastructure and radiologists ability to diagnose disease earlier for better patient outcomes.
“The OAR works to address the needs of Ontario patients and to ensure that radiology’s critical position in a rapidly changing health care environment continues to meet the wide spectrum of patient care needs.”
As the Voice of Radiology in Ontario the OAR represents 1,000 radiologist physicians who specialise in medical imaging. The OAR works to address the needs of Ontario patients and to ensure that radiology’s critical position in a rapidly changing health care environment continues to meet the wide spectrum of patient care needs including access to a timely diagnosis, reducing wait lists, ensuring the availability of modern diagnostic equipment and technologies, and the adoption of emerging diagnostic examinations and procedures proven to be of medical benefit to patients. Ontario’s radiologists are medical consultants to all referring physicians and other allied health professionals.
The OAR is a leader in providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses on a variety of current diagnostic imaging subjects. These include head and neck imaging, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, mammography, abdominal imaging, paediatric imaging, bone mineral densitometry, cardiac CT, and emergency neuroradiology, to name a few. It is also a leader in quality. The launching of the OAR’s CBMD facility accreditation program to improve the diagnosis of those patients affected by bone loss and osteoporosis is a tangible example of our leadership on behalf of Ontario patients.
I hope you will consider becoming an active member in shaping the OAR’s future and think about the positive impact you can make to patient care in Ontario through OAR. The future is ours to create.
David Jacobs, MD, FRCPC
Ontario Association of Radiologists