VIII. Extracurricular Academic Activities

Each third-year resident is encouraged to attend the 4-week course at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.  The Department pays the course tuition.


The New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS) is an active regional academic organization that sponsors high-caliber monthly meetings on Friday afternoons in Cambridge, Massachusetts from September to May. Each meeting offers several lectures and a case panel. Topics cover a broad range of radiologic subjects and issues, and speakers are drawn from local and national talent. The NERRS also organizes popular annual Breast Imaging, Ultrasound, and Cardiovascular Imaging courses held on Saturdays. The conference calendar is available at Residents are released from clinical duty to attend this wonderful learning — and networking — opportunity. The Department sponsors NERRS membership for each resident.

In addition, there are many local meetings of other subspecialty groups within the Boston Radiology community. These include MRI, musculoskeletal, interventional radiology, and ultrasound societies.

The availability of such a wide range of educational forums makes Boston one of the best cities in which to do a radiology residency!


Residents have the opportunity to present their scientific work at national meetings of major Radiology organizations such as American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Association of University Radiologists (AUR), amongst other subspecialty societies.

The Department has many resources for preparing materials for resident teaching, scientific presentations, and manuscripts, and supports resident participation at major scientific meetings.


Each resident receives a $500 annual education allowance for reimbursement for books, CDs, journals, courses, and meetings.


At BMC, the Department of Radiology maintains its own library, the F.H. Williams Library.  Located in the new FGH Building, it has Textbooks, periodicals, syllabi, and CDs which are available for residents to sign-out. Residents have access to the libraries, research facilities, and on-line periodicals at the Boston University School of Medicine, as well as access privileges at the Countway library at Harvard Medical School.

Resident study rooms at HAC and ENC each contain the ACR learning file, computers configured with CD burners, flat-bed and slide scanners, and color and laser printers. Popular word processing, presentation, and graphics editing software are installed. At BVAMC, a resident room houses the ACR learning file and a computer with a CD ROM collection.

The Department’s Intranet site contains a bookmark list of useful educational sites, continually updated by resident contributions.

Each Section maintains a large teaching collection for faculty and resident use.


Residents are encouraged to participate in at least one major project from development to presentation to publication.  Residents must present papers or exhibits at regional, national or international meetings and/or publish articles in major peer-reviewed journals. Many residents have achieved great success in their research endeavors, often meriting prestigious awards at major meetings. Residents receive time and financial support to travel to major meetings to present their work.

Residents have the opportunity to teach 4th-year Boston University medical students during their required Radiology clerkship.

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