In the previous section, we discussed how RSNA survived the Great Depression which took place during 1930s in the United States. We also discussed the intersociety meeting that resulted in dividing tasks between RSNA and other radiology organizations such as ARRS and ACR. RSNA was the one responsible for continues training programs as a primary task.
In 1938, Dr. Childs, a man who significantly contributed to the existence of journal Radiology, started to focus on the Memorial Fund, which was created 10 years earlier to provide support to radiology research. Since the Great Depression was still delivering its effects of the economy of the United States, a large number of banks were closing; resulting is a major problem for providing required funds. Moreover, RSNA members were contributing to the Memorial Fund and they were sending money to Dr. Childs.
In the same year, 1938, RSNA President, Howard P. Doub, MD, and other leading members were concentrating on improving the educational services provided by RSNA, not only by informing member about new advances in radiology, during the continuing education programs, but also by providing revisions of the previous radiology information the younger members. Therefore, “refreshing” courses were carried out for younger radiologists and the first course was offered at the RSNA 1938 annual meeting at Hotel William Penn in Pittsburgh. Dr. Doub commented on the refreshing courses saying that “the opportunity to conduct these [refresher] courses was cherished by men of the highest qualifications” Among the topics, included at the first refreshing course, was a session discussing film-reading skills, a one that was very popular among the attendee.