Academic Curriculum

Daily Conferences

At BMC, two 45-minute teaching conferences are held daily from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. The conference curriculum provides an organized, balanced, and formal learning experience. Half of the conferences are didactic lectures and the other half are case presentations. In addition, we have the curriculum in a “block” schedule such that each sub-specialty lectures for one week at a time in order to help focus resident learning.

“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 three “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. Residents are expected to give one lecture per academic year. 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.

Introductory Conference Series

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

Core & Non-Interpretive Curriculum

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.

Departmental Grand Rounds

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 an additional case session for the residents. Guest faculty are identified by the Education Committee and invited by the Co-Chief Residents.

Radiology Physics

There is a dedicated course in physics which runs throughout the academic year for all residents. There are a total of 21 lectures given by the dedicated department medical physicist, who covers topics such as an introduction to imaging and risks, radiation biology, MR physics, CT physics, mammography physics, nuclear medicine physics, ultrasound physics, radiography physics, and the radiation biology.

By the end of their first year, residents are required to complete an online radiation safety training module. During new trainee orientation, they attend a hands-on radiation safety training lab given by our department’s head medical physicist. By the end of their first year, they are expected to have completed the RSNA/AAPM Online Physics Modules, which covers topics such as radiation safety. They are registered for the Foundations of Physics program given by Telerad Physics Teaching, which is a 12 week-long course of weekly live interactive lectures which supplements the topics given by our department curriculum.

Prior to ABR core examination, all third year residents attend the ABR Core Exam Physics program given by Telerad Physics Teaching, which is a 4 day live online review session that includes topics such as radiation safety, MR physics, CT physics, mammography physics, nuclear medicine physics, and ultrasound physics. Additionally, third year residents are given a “Radioisotope Practicum” consisting of 10 hours of lectures/hands-on labs, which consists of training for  proper radiation signage, Written Directives and Authorized User requirements, portable radiation detection equipment and quality control, handling of radioactive materials, response to radiation spills and accidents, safe handling, administration, and quality control of radionuclide doses used in clinical medicine including therapeutic doses of unsealed sources, radionuclide generating systems, radiobiology, calibration and quality control of dose calibrators, well counters, and thyroid counting equipment. The course is directed by a board-certified health physicist.