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. 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.