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Why DFPs?

Central to the Society's mission is to improve the care of patients with gastrointestinal and genitourinary diseases. Disease-Focused Panels (DFPs) will improve our ability to meet this mission by focusing on specific diseases through organization of passionate and knowledgeable SAR experts who will work together to address unmet needs within medical practice and the imaging community.

Why include non-radiologists?

The impact of imaging knowledge has largely been driven by non-radiology groups that are sometimes unfamiliar with the limits and benefits of imaging technologies. SAR’s ability to influence the wider medical community and improve patient care depends upon an exchange of knowledge with sub-specialty referring physician groups, patient advocacy groups, and other radiology societies with similar goals. By unifying abdominal radiology experts with a passion for a specific disease, cohesive goals and strategic partnerships and collaborations can be formed to improve patient care.

What is the DFP Program?

• Review the Disease-Focused Panel Overview Document
View a Presentation for Further Explanation

Applications for DFP status will be reviewed and approved by the DFP Oversight Committee. Acceptance is at the discretion of this committee, based on already existing panels, the comprehensiveness of the application, the potential for success, interest amongst SAR members, and likelihood for impact on patient care.  Each DFP Application will be reviewed by the DFP Oversight Committee in a formal review process, and each emerging panel will be provided the results of this review, along with an opportunity for revision. 

Panels will each operate independently throughout the year to accomplish common goals, meet at the Society’s annual meeting to review progress and timelines, discuss plans for rotating leadership and membership, and provide annual reports to and seek guidance from the Oversight Committee, as needed.

The SAR Annual Meeting Council Educational Committee may choose to contact a DFP for involvement in the annual meeting; however, no specific avenue for involvement in the Educational Program currently exists, other than informing the Educational Committee of DFP proposals.

How to Get Involved:

All those interested in participating in a DFP should review the current list of active panels, and consider forming a new or related group.  Members with similar interest should work together to develop goals, leadership and communication plans on their own until ready to submit a formal DFP Application.  


Those interested in potentially participating as an active member working to further the goals of any new or emerging DFP should consider reaching out to current members or Panel Chairs.  

DFP Application and Review Timeline:
subject to change



August 1

Annual program update

September 15

Deadline to submit New Panel applications

September 30

Deadline to request use of RSNA meeting room for SAR-DFPs 

Sept 15 - Oct 15

DFP-OC > application review period

October 30

DFP-OC > initial approvals and/or feedback

December 15

Deadline for Panel application re-submission (as needed)

January 15

DFP-OC > final 2017 panel approvals

January 30

DFP-OC > annual report and list of new panels to SAR Board of Directors

February 15

Deadline to register for annual meeting OC appointments

May 1 Deadline to submit requests and receipts for consultant reimbursement
Resources for Current and Potential DFPs


Suggestions for free/low-cost conference calling and file-sharing

Conference Tools

File-Sharing  - varied account options; screen sharing and conference calling

Dropbox – varied account options (free, paid); online file and folder sharing

Google Drive


You Send


FTP site/folders - video conferencing  

*If you are aware of additional tools, please inform the SAR Office, so they may be shared here.​


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