Opportunities for Radiology Residents

Resident using microscopeIn addition to world-class clinical radiology training, our curriculum allows for highly motivated residents with strong interests in research, education, and quality improvement to tailor more individual pathways in their four years at BIDMC. For example, we offer participation in the ABR Holman Pathway, which includes protected research time during the standard four years of radiology training. While most residents do not pursue the Holman Pathway, the majority participate in research or teaching endeavors of some kind. All residents complete and present to the department a Quality Improvement project during their fourth year.

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 advantage of the many resources Harvard has to offer. Residents with an interest in academic radiology are particularly encouraged to participate. Our program also offers residents with little previous research exposure the opportunity to become involved. Ongoing research projects are posted on our research project dashboard, allowing residents to identify potential projects to get involved with. 

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 receive financial support to attend one meeting throughout their four years at which they are not a presenter.

Past 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’ Integrated Clerkship in Radiology. 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.

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. 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).