More than 20 000 people in March this year have flocked to Vienna, and visited ECR 2011. They all share the same interests, both in striving to improve themselves professionally and networking with other colleagues in order to establish good international communication networks in an ever increasingly smaller world. Each year has seen a steady increase in the numbers of radiology trainees and more recently medical students attending the congress, presenting new challenges for the Radiology Trainees Forum (RTF) on their expanding role in representing the interests of both current and future potential radiology trainees in the ESR.
This year was an election year for the RTF, and after two years of dedicated service we had to say a nal farewell and very big thank you to Dr Peter Kornaat, Dr Anna Alguersuari, and Dr Mareille Denz. Their valuable contributions towards fullling key RTF goals included developments in education, career planning, research and exchange programs are to be applauded.
Changes usually bring new fresh perspectives and renewed enthusiasm in coping with resistant problems. Hopefully this will be the case with the newly established RTF board. A long list of tasks and aims lies before Dr Deniz Bulja, Dr Myriam Edjali Goujon, Dr Sandra Hutchings, Dr Viola Koen and Dr Ana Šverko. For this year, our main focus will be in conducting the RTF Survey amongst all RTF National Delegates on matters which are of utmost importance to radiology trainees, including the European Diploma, eEducation in Radiology, and undergraduate education. With the increased number of interested undergraduate students who are attending ECR every year, a well thought strategy in undergraduate education has to be set. Since a lot of undergraduate education in radiology is delivered by radiology trainees, the role of RTF is becoming ever more important in this.