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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 often identified during clinical readout 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 elective time to pursuing research.
Many of our residents present their research at major national meetings including RSNA, ARRS, ASNR, SIR, and AUR. Residents are also encouraged to present their work at subspecialty meetings. The Department provides financial support for residents to attend any meeting at which the resident is the primary presenter. In addition, every resident may attend at least one meeting during the residency at which they have an educational exhibit. One of our residents is also a national Holman Research Pathway Scholar.
Past BIDMC Radiology Resident, Fellow and Staff Presentations
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' Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in Radiology. Some residents participate in focused anatomy sessions at Harvard Medical School each fall. Residents are also involved in the daily activities of our advanced radiology clerkship students. The advanced radiology elective is open to Harvard and visiting 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.
Finally, all residents participate in peer coaching during their residency. Peer coaching is a proven tool to improve the teaching skills and to build a strong educational community. During departmental case presentations, residents both observe and teach and after these sessions, provide constructive feedback to each other.
Opportunities Within The Radiology Community
Our residents have also been active in the politics of the greater radiology community. We support our residents to attend the American College of Radiology Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. every year. We have also created 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 Society). In addition, some of our residents are active in the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI).