VII. Academic Curriculum


At BMC, two teaching conferences are held daily from 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. and from 12:00 noon – 1:00 P.M. The conference curriculum provides an organized, balanced, and formal learning experience. Two-thirds of the conferences are didactic lectures and one-third, case presentations.

“Mini-Courses” in the 11 radiologic disciplines recognized by The ABR form the framework for the conference curriculum. These subspecialties are: Breast, Cardiac, Chest, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Nuclear, Pediatrics, Ultrasound, and Vascular/Interventional. The 12th “Mini-Course” is the Non-Clinical Curriculum consisting of 3 “mini-courses” in Professional Practice, Safety-in-Radiology, and Research-in-Radiology. Our emphasis is on faculty didactic lectures, comprising two-thirds of the conferences, with each discipline presenting a curriculum of conference topics on a two-year cycle. Our program takes advantage of the expertise in other academic Radiology Departments in the greater Boston area, and invites outside speakers to supplement the BMC faculty.

At case conferences, residents are called upon to offer interpretations and discuss unknown case material, guided by faculty or co-residents. Through these conferences, the residents are taught the important process of observation, synthesis and analysis, differential diagnosis, and management implications.

Residents assigned to the BVAMC participate in the BMC conferences via teleconferencing.


A series of introductory lectures is given to first-year residents during July and August.


Besides the 12 “Mini-Courses”, our conference curriculum includes other important and relevant topics such as journal club and monthly Departmental Morbidity and Mortality conferences.


Monthly Radiology Grand Rounds are held during the academic year, September – May. Local, national, and international speakers are invited to give lectures on timely topics; these speakers usually present another case session for the residents, too. Guest faculty are identified by the Education Committee and invited by the Co-Chief Residents.

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of BU School of Medicine