Program Highlights


R.I.S.E (Research and Innovation for Scholars and Entrepreneurs) program

All residents are encouraged to participate in this innovative curriculum starting in their first year of residency. The program is designed to provide residents with the essential skills to succeed in academic radiology. The curriculum prepares residents for careers in medical education, radiological research, and technology innovation. In addition, through this program, residents are provided with protected academic time to pursue an approved research project with the ultimate goal of presentation at a national meeting and publication in a recognized peer-reviewed journal. The department does provide a stipend to defray travel costs for residents presenting their work at national meetings.

BU Radiology International Visiting Resident Scholar Program and Global Health

The department offers selected 4th year residents the opportunity to participate in a 4 week international elective at Kameda Medical Center, Kamogawa City, Japan. In addition, we encourage residents with interest in global health to become involved in RAD-AID International, an organization that offers international educational and research experiences for trainees.

Radiology Reading Room Assistant Program

Recognizing the challenges faced by on-call trainees, the program recently formalized a radiology reading room assistant program to enhance the learning experience. Residents who select to participate in this program help streamline workflow by triaging phone calls from referring providers and patients. Secondarily, as residents are financially compensated for these efforts, this program provides an opportunity for internal moonlighting in the program.

Teaching Activities

Residents have the opportunity to teach Boston University medical students during the preclinical curriculum and during the dedicated radiology clerkship. In addition, as part of the resident-as-teacher curriculum, residents have dedicated sessions focused on developing their teaching skills.

Library & Learning Resources

All residents have access to the Boston University School of Medicine Library and the Countway Medical Library at Harvard Medical School. In addition, the Department of Radiology maintains its own library, the F.H. Williams Library, which contains assorted educational resources including textbooks, journals, syllabi, CDs, and online digital resources. The Department’s intranet site contains a bookmark list of useful educational sites, continually updated by resident and faculty contributions. Each Section also maintains a collection of teaching cases.

Mentorship/Coaching Program

Residents are currently provided with strong mentorship from multiple faculty and the program leadership. As of 2020, residents will also be offered the opportunity to work with formally-trained faculty coaches. We believe that coaching during residency will ultimately help our graduates navigate their careers even more successfully.

Women in Radiology Group

Nicknamed “Women are Rad”, the revitalized women in radiology interest group hosts social events and sponsors lectures geared toward developing the next generation of leaders. The group’s events are open to all interested trainees and faculty as we strongly believe in the principle of inclusivity.

American Institute of Radiologic Pathology Conference

Each 3rd-year resident attends the 4-week course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Washington, D.C. The department covers course tuition and provides a stipend to defray living expenses while at the course.

New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS)

Six times a year, residents are freed from clinical responsibilities to attend the Friday afternoon educational sessions of the New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS), the oldest regional radiological society in the United States. Each session features well-respected faculty from across New England as well as an invited speaker from an institution outside of this geographic area. In addition to sessions focused on the clinical subspecialties, sessions also cover non-interpretative skills, global health, and interactive hands-on ultrasound. The NERRS also organizes an annual Saturday refresher courses on breast imaging. Additionally, there is a board review organized by NERRS held before the ABR board exam whose costs is covered by the department.  For additional information on NERRS, please check

Professional Fund

In addition to what is provided through the resident union, the department provides each resident with an annual stipend to defray the cost of educational resources, such as books, digital media, courses and meetings. For 2020-2021, this amounts to $500.00 per academic year.

Radiology Advocacy

Massachusetts has one of the most active resident and fellow sections of both the Massachusetts Radiological Society (MRS) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS). Our residents have numerous opportunities to become involved in organized medicine and advocate on behalf of our patients. In addition to serving on committees, some of our residents have even taken on leadership roles. We also strongly encourage interested residents to attend the annual meeting of the American College of Radiology in Washington D.C. every spring as well as to attend the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI) Summit every fall.

National Radiology Organizations

The department encourages residents to attend national meetings, most notably the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Association of University Radiologists (AUR). In addition, many of our residents have the opportunity to attend the various subspecialty meetings, such as the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER), Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), and the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR). Financial support is provided to residents who are selected to attend the RSNA/AUR/ARRS Introduction to Academic Radiology program or who are orally presenting their work. The Department also provides many resources to help residents prepare both educational and scientific exhibits and manuscripts.