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Research and Teaching Opportunities

Research Opportunities

During radiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, there are ample research opportunities. Our close affiliation with Harvard Medical School allows us to take advantages of the many resources Harvard has to offer. Residents with an interest in academic radiology are particularly encouraged to participate; however, our program also offers residents with little previous research exposure the opportunity to become involved.

Potential projects are identified during readout discussions and at more formal weekly departmental and division research meetings. At such meetings, faculty, residents and fellows present potential projects and projects in-progress for comments and/or direction from the group. Residents are provided with elective time during the fourth year and, if desired, may devote most or even all of this time to pursuing research.

Residents present their research at major national meetings including RSNA, ARRS, ASNR, and AUR. Residents are also encouraged to present their work at subspecialty meetings. The Department provides financial support for residents to any meeting at which the resident is the primary presenter. In addition, every resident may attend one meeting during the residency at which they have an educational exhibit. As part of the required rotation in quality assurance/quality improvement, all residents undertake a project which often results in presentation and/or publication at a national meeting. Many residents also review and publish a clinical topic of interest for the Patterns of the Month section of the AJR.

Recent BIDMC Radiology Resident, Fellow and Staff Presentations:

Teaching Opportunities

In keeping with the tradition of physician as teacher, residents have many opportunities to teach their colleagues, medical students, and patients. The radiology student clerkship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is one of the most highly regarded clinical rotations at Harvard Medical School, which is a reflection of the commitment of our faculty and residents to teaching. Each year, several residents and staff are recognized as outstanding teachers in the medical center.

There are several dedicated teaching opportunities within our radiology residency. Second, third and fourth year residents lecture the Harvard medical students during the students' core clerkship in radiology. Residents elect a topic to review with the students and prepare a one-hour talk on the subject including interesting case discussions and PowerPoint presentations. Residents offer their talks to rotating students approximately six times per academic year. We also facilitate mini-seminar case presentations that the students prepare during their rotation in our department. Residents are also involved in the daily activities of our advanced radiology clerkship students. The advanced radiology elective is open to Harvard and other medical students, including students from abroad. These students rotate weekly in several areas of our department, observing residents and staff performing their clinical duties.

In addition, the education track for fourth year residents provides an opportunity to undertake an educational research project, to teach in the preclinical curriculum at Harvard Medical School, and to take advantage of the numerous educational lectures and workshops offered by the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators and the Academy of Harvard Medical School.

Opportunities Within The Radiology Community

Our residents have also been active in the politics of the greater radiology community. Therefore, we recently formalized this program by not only supporting our residents to attend the AMCLC conference of the American College of Radiology in Washington D.C. but also by creating an educational track focused on health policy and health economics. Several of our current residents are actively involved with the Massachusetts Radiologic Society Resident and Fellow Section (MRS-RFS and the RFS of the Massachusetts Medical Center.

Contact Information

Katie Armstrong 
Manager, Medical Education Programs 
Department of Radiology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-3532
617-667-8212