The ABR – Promoting the Advancement of Radiology

Attending radiologist at Jersey City Medical Center, Steven Bier, MD, has over 25 years of experience in the field of radiology. Throughout his career, Dr. Steven Bier has written several publications and has been a guest lecturer at several hospitals and medical centers. Dr. Bier is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Since 1932, the American Board of Radiology has been committed to ensuring that the public receives the best possible care by certifying radiologists who meet the board’s standards of practice. The ABR hopes to contribute to the improvement and advancement of health care safety and quality by creating and maintaining high standards for professionals.

As a part of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the ABR along with 24 other boards around the country work together to create common standards for physicians across several specialties. The ABR and the ABMS works to support and help physicians and patients by providing programs for continued education and information about certified doctors. The boards also work with leaders in the industry to help promote higher quality healthcare. Certification through the American Board of Radiology is given to those radiologists who consistently show dedication to quality practice and have the knowledge necessary for practicing radiology efficiently and ethically.

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Support for Families with Autistic Children

MyGoal Autism in New Jersey dedicates its work to empowering and educating families with children who suffer from autism. The recovery journey for these children often produces many challenges for families. Statistics show that parents of special needs children divorce at higher rates than other parent groups. Because the effective treatment of these kids requires the foundation of a strong family, MyGoal Autism provides family support services, particularly to those from underserved areas and lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

MyGoal Autism provides counseling through family support groups. There are different groups for fathers, siblings, and one designed to address the needs of new parents. One category focuses on how parents can create social lives for themselves. Additionally, the center provides marriage and family counseling advocacy services. To teach families tools for overcoming stress, MyGoal sponsors a Wellspring Life stress management class. Finally, the organization provides a series of educational seminars on autism awareness, treatment, and basic rights to education. For more information on services, visit www.mygoalautism.org.

About the author: Dr. Steven Bier serves on the Board of Directors of MyGoal Autism. A Radiologist, Dr. Bier attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

An Overview of the Radiological Society of North America, By Steven Bier, MD

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is dedicated to furthering the education of medical professionals from around the world. Comprised of more than 51,000 members, the RSNA is host to the largest medical meeting in the world. Attendees include radiologists, medical physicists, and a variety of other professionals. Since 2000, the RSNA has awarded in excess of 740,000 continuing medical education certificates. The organization publishes two of medicine’s top journals—Radiology and RadioGraphics. It also provides millions of dollars to young professionals for use in advanced research studies.

The organization adheres to a strict code of professionalism. This code involves a pledge to maintain honesty with patients, uphold patient confidentiality, improve the quality and access of care, share scientific knowledge, and avoid conflicts of interest.

About Steven Bier, MD:

For the past two years, Dr. Steven Bier has practiced radiology out of his private offices. He is currently a member of the Radiological Society of North America.

Dr. Steven Bier: MyGoal Autism Support Groups

MyGoal Autism offers a new class for young adults with autism. People between the ages of 16 and 21 with Asperger’s syndrome are eligible to take part in the “Get a Social Life” program. This weekly class teaches participants how to communicate more effectively and socialize with peers.

People with Asperger’s syndrome generally have difficulty interacting appropriately with others. They may also use language atypically and have trouble with physical coordination. Those with Asperger’s syndrome can improve their social skills through repetition and direct teaching methods.

MyGoal Autism seeks to support individuals and families coping with autism. They offer information regarding autism prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

Dr. Steven Bier has worked with autism-related nonprofit groups since 2006. He serves on the Board of Directors for MyGoal Autism.

Myths and Facts about Autism: Q&A with Dr. Steven Bier

Dr. Steven Bier serves on the Board of Directors of MyGOAL Autism. He completed his residency in radiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and is a published author on the topic of identifying radiological signs of autism.

Q: What is the number-one myth about autism?

Dr. Steven Bier: I’d say the biggest myth regarding autism is that people affected by the condition all act the same way. The truth is that autism may manifest in a number of ways, some more severe than others.

Q: How many children are affected by autism in the United States?

SB: In the United States, less than 1 percent, or one out of every 110 children, are affected by autism. Generally, impairment expresses itself in one or more areas: impaired communication, social interaction, daily living skills, and repetitive behaviors.

Q: What is another myth regarding autism?

SB: Another myth, which I personally believe must be debunked, is that autism is the result of bad parenting. This is false. Although the exact cause is unknown, we do know that autism is a neurobiological disorder.

Dr. Steven Bier on Primary Care Physicians Eager to Screen for Colon Cancer

Dr. Steven Bier has over 25 years of experience as a radiologist. Dr. Bier currently serves on the staff of the Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey.

According to a recent article in Health Imaging magazine, many primary care physicians recommend colonoscopies for their patients, even in cases where the procedure will not achieve any lasting benefit. A group of researchers from the Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis conducted a survey of primary care physicians, including family practice doctors, internists, and gynecologists. The study found that most physicians recommend regular colon cancer screenings, usually colonoscopies, for patients between the ages of 50 and 65.

However, a high percentage of the surveyed physicians also recommended colonoscopies to patients with terminal cancer, specifically unresectable non-small cell lung cancer. Forty-two percent of physicians recommended a colonoscopy for a 50-year-old patient with terminal lung cancer, and 25 percent recommended the screening for an 80-year-old with terminal cancer. This propensity to screen betrays a lack of understanding of the risks and benefits of colonoscopies. In the case of a patient diagnosed with terminal cancer, a colonoscopy is unlikely to prolong or improve the quality of life. In fact, in those situations the colonoscopy and the preparation for the test might actually harm a patient’s health. The researchers suggested more research should be conducted on primary care physicians’ tendency to overscreen in situations where there is no benefit to the patient.