The Academic Council is composed of faculty members of nuclear medicine departments, divisions, or sections in accredited medical schools, those in approved nuclear medicine residency programs, or in accredited technologist training programs. However, any individual interested in education is welcome to join.
The Academic Council is dedicated to the scientific interchange of ideas among SNMMI members who have an interest in training and education of undergraduates and graduates in Nuclear Medicine (which includes general Nuclear Medicine, Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT imaging and Molecular Imaging). The overall mission of the Academic Council is to:
Within the Council there is a subgroup of Program Directors/Associate Program Directors of Nuclear Medicine residency programs (the Nuclear Medicine Program Directors Association, NMPDA).
The Academic Council is an advocate for Nuclear Medicine education and training to organized Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, as well as providing an avenue of communication for Program Directors and Coordinators to accrediting bodies, certification boards, other specialty societies, and government agencies.
Message from the Academic Council President
Erica Cohen, DO, MPH, FACNM
The year 2020 has brought many new challenges to nuclear medicine training and education, on top of an already complicated era of evolving dual-residency programs. We hope you can join us at the upcoming 2021 SNMMI Virtual Mid-Winter Meeting wherein the Academic Council will be presenting novel strategies for effective teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In spite of these challenges, the need for qualified board-certified nuclear physicians continues. To support this end, the Academic Council will be revamping the SNMMI Board Review Course to include new lectures with the incorporation of board-style review questions. I also encourage you to visit the ABNM website to read the notice of temporary modifications to training requirements, which includes a decrease in the number of stress tests, pediatric studies, and therapies required for initial board certification.
As a new benefit for trainees and members of the Academic Council, we are creating a scholarship fund for those interested in health services and comparative effectiveness research. More information about this opportunity will be forthcoming. We are also reviving the Academic Council newsletter to keep our members current on the activities of the ABNM, ACGME, and NMPD, as well as some behind-the-scenes educational initiatives from the SNMMI.
Finally, I am excited and honored to announce the winner of the Academic Council Distinguished Service Award: our current Vice Chair, Dr Twyla Bartel. Dr Bartel has distinguished herself through a career dedicated to the advancement of patient care through academic achievement and education. We look forward to presenting her with this award at our upcoming meeting.
There has never been a better time to join the Academic Council. I hope to meet you on one of our upcoming virtual calls as we await the return of our in-person events.
The AC works to provide the most up-to-date resources and educational offerings to its members. This section provides information on past educational offerings (sponsored by the AC), as well as important updates and areas of interest to the AC.
|The Academic Council Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals within nuclear medicine who have distinguished themselves through a career dedicated to the advancement of patient care through academic achievement and education. This individual has also demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to the council. The Academic Council Congratulates Twyla Bartel, DO, MBA, FACNM as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Service Award.|
2021 Tom Miller Memorial Award - Paige Bennett, MD
|The Academic Council offers different awards to recognize individuals within the field who have made significant contributions to Nuclear Medicine. The Academic Council congratulates Paige Bennett, MD as the 2021 Tom Miller Memorial Award recipient. This award was created to recognize the late Tom Miller, MD, PhD. Dr. Miller served as one of SNMMI’s Scientific Program Committee Chairs for many years. His dedication to the society and the field were outstanding. The award recipient will receive a plaque and be expected to present a lecture during the Tom Miller session during the SNNMI Annual Meeting|
The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementation of Society policies.
Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.
This section provides the following council specific information.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Academic Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.
Payment of Dues
Membership in the AC requires payment of dues in the amount of $15/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.
Benefits of Membership:
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:
Promotes medical education, research and patient care related to Nuclear Medicine.
Provides continuing education and training of undergraduates and graduates in Nuclear Medicine (which includes general Nuclear Medicine, Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT imaging and Molecular Imaging, including in mentoring and leadership.
Provides a forum for members for discussion of issues and problems of mutual interest and concern within the Nuclear Medicine community, as well as an informal exchange of ideas and programs.
Serves as a resource to Young Professionals in career development and to SNMMI leadership
Emerging technologies, the latest clinical applications, best practices, and more are waiting for you. The 2022 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting will feature three educational tracks highlighting the latest innovations and techniques in the field, including a dedicated track on nuclear cardiology.
ACNM invites you to submit an original clinical or scientific abstract for the opportunity to present your research during the 2022 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Abstract submissions from young professionals, including those in training or in practice within 10 years of graduation are strongly encouraged.