Academic Curriculum

Resident and faculty participation in conferences

A diagnostic radiology conference is held daily at noon.  To ensure comprehensive representation of the scope of diagnostic radiology, there are rotating faculty responsibilities for conference content which are shared among each subspecialty divisions of the Department of Radiology.

The IR morbidity and mortality conference are held monthly.  Cases are prepared and presented by residents and faculty in consultation with appointed faculty mentors, who also serve as discussants.

Multidisciplinary interdepartmental conferences are also held on a regular basis with various medical and surgical specialties as detailed in the schedule above.  Residents prepare and present relevant cases in consultation with appointed faculty members who are also in attendance.

A daily interventional radiology working conference is held from 7:15-8:15 AM in the interventional radiology conference and consultation area. This is attended by all faculty physicians, physician assistants, and all trainees on rotation in interventional radiology. All scheduled inpatient and outpatient procedures are presented by individual residents for discussion and review during the conference. Each presentation includes a case synopsis, salient laboratory and clinical data, review of pertinent imaging and discussion of appropriate procedural technique. After review of the scheduled procedures, each of the interventional radiology inpatients is presented by the resident responsible for the procedure. The pertinent clinical, imaging and laboratory data are reviewed, and patient dispositions are determined.

Several interdepartmental multidisciplinary conferences are held on a weekly basis and others are held at monthly or quarterly intervals. Residents are assigned discussant or presentation roles in these conferences supported by radiology faculty supervision. For example, in the case of the weekly hepatobiliary pancreatic conference, patients are presented to a multidisciplinary group of Interventional Radiologists, Medical, Radiation and Surgical Oncologists, who discuss appropriate management options. The radiology resident has the responsibility of presenting and reviewing all pertinent imaging findings to the group attending this conference.

Representative Schedule of Interdepartmental conferences

Day        Conference                        Frequency

Mon      Vascular Conference      Every Monday at 4 PM

PERT Conference             4th Monday at 4 PM

Tues      GU Tumor board              Every other Tuesday at 4 PM

Wed      HBP Multidisciplinary Conf           Every Wednesday 7:30-8:30 AM

Thurs     Trauma (TACS) – Radiology conference Every other Thursday 10AM-11 AM

Friday    Thoracic Oncology Conference  Every Friday at 11AM

Colorectal Oncology Conference Every other Friday at 8 AM

Journal Club

A monthly journal club is held on Friday mornings led by residents where 1 or 2 recently published articles from the medical literature are critically reviewed.  Residents are tasked with evaluating the methodology of the study under discussion as well as the research design.  Discussion is facilitated by a faculty mentor with participation from the entire IR section.

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.