Conferences are an integral part of the radiology residency program and represent a major part of the curriculum.
Daily morning subspecialty conferences
Every morning starts with an hour-long conference starting at 7:30 am. These conferences are often given by residents or fellows, and occasionally faculty, with the topic rotating across subspecialties. The majority of these conferences are cased-based presentations. Trainee conferences are supervised by faculty, allowing for the trainee to develop presentation and radiologic skills. These trainee conferences are extremely educational for everyone involved and help to build a sense of community and support.
Daily noon conferences
From 12:00 – 1:30 pm, there are two separate 45-minute conferences given by faculty from various subspecialties. These conferences cover the organ system-based core curriculum through both case-based and didactic methods, with the curriculum repeating itself over a two-year period. There also are several weeks of noon conferences every year dedicated to the non-radiologic curriculum, such as quality improvement and the business of radiology.
Board Review Curriculum
Every spring, there is an internal board review that is consistently rated as the best series of conferences of the year. These tend to be hot-seat conferences for the third-year cohort preparing for the ABR Core Exam. In addition, the third-year cohort is given an additional, separate, morning subspecialty conference every day during the spring focused on board preparation. This curriculum prepares our residents to perform very well on their exam.
Monthly Radiology Grand Rounds
The Radiology Department hosts monthly grand rounds. These are given by a mix of invited lecturers, internal faculty, and our own senior residents presenting a capstone project. There are several annual lectureships for visiting professors such as the Whitehouse Lecture, DiPietro Lecture, and the Beierwaltes Lecture.
Specialized conferences to prepare residents before call
After rotating through all core rotations and before starting both junior and senior call, selected faculty are invited to review high-yield call cases to the resident cohort preparing for the pool. These lectures are highly rated by residents as a way to consolidate knowledge before taking call.
In the summer between the first and second years, residents attend an internal physics course given by our department’s world expert medical physicists. The lectures cover the physic of all modalities to prepare for the ABR Core Exam as well as satisfying the National Regulatory Committee requirements to become an authorized prescriber of radiopharmaceuticals.
Several departments (such as nuclear medicine, pediatric imaging, and interventional radiology) have their own internal morning cases conference. Residents on that rotation, or those with a particular interest in the specialty, are invited to attend. These conferences cover the recent interesting cases encountered by the division and are very popular with residents.
The radiology department participates in ## tumor boards. Residents have the opportunity to attend these conferences and present cases along with fellows and faculty in order to participate more fully in the various interdisciplinary teams.