Extracurriculuar Academic Activities
Each third-year resident is required to attend the 4-week course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Washington, D.C. The department pays the course tuition. The department also provides an additional stipend for living expenses while at the course.
Local & Regional Radiologic Societies
The New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS) is an active regional academic organization that sponsors high-caliber monthly meetings on Friday afternoons in the Longwood area of Boston, Massachusetts from September to May. Each meeting offers several lectures and a case panel. Topics cover a broad range of radiologic subjects and issues, and speakers are drawn from local and national talent. The NERRS also organizes popular annual Breast Imaging, Ultrasound, and Cardiovascular Imaging courses held on Saturdays. The conference calendar is available at www.nerrs.org.
Residents are released from clinical duty to attend this wonderful learning and networking opportunity. The department sponsors NERRS membership for each resident. In addition, there are many local meetings of other subspecialty groups within the Boston Radiology community. These include MRI, musculoskeletal, interventional radiology, and ultrasound societies.
The availability of such a wide range of educational forums makes Boston one of the best cities in which to do a radiology residency!
National Scientific Meetings
Residents have the opportunity to present their scientific work at national meetings of major Radiology organizations such as American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and Association of University Radiologists (AUR), amongst other subspecialty societies.
The Department has many resources for preparing materials for resident teaching, scientific presentations, and manuscripts, and supports resident participation at major scientific meetings.
Each resident receives a $500 annual education allowance for reimbursement for books, CDs, journals, courses, and meetings. For a full list of allowances, please visit Summary of Benefits.
Library & Learning Resources
At BMC, the Department of Radiology maintains its own library, the F.H. Williams Library. Located in the new FGH Building, it has textbooks, periodicals, syllabi, and CDs which are available for residents to sign-out. Residents have access to the libraries, research facilities, and on-line periodicals at the Boston University School of Medicine, as well as access privileges at the Countway library at Harvard Medical School.
The Department’s intranet site contains a bookmark list of useful educational sites, continually updated by resident contributions.
Each Section maintains a large teaching collection for faculty and resident use.
Research & Teaching Activities
Residents are encouraged to participate in at least one major project from development to presentation to publication. Residents must present papers or exhibits at regional, national or international meetings and/or publish articles in major peer-reviewed journals. Many residents have achieved great success in their research endeavors, often meriting prestigious awards at major meetings. Residents receive time and financial support to travel to major meetings to present their work.
Residents have the opportunity to teach 4th-year Boston University medical students during their required Radiology clerkship.
BU Radiology International Visiting Resident Scholar Program
This program is a department sponsored 4 week international away elective with formal agreements with the training programs in the departments of radiology at Lebanese University (Beirut, Lebanon) and Kameda Medical Center (Kamogawa City, Japan) for up to 3 eligible senior (R4, PGY 5) residents in good academic standing. This program is meant to encourage resident learning and education by exposure to radiology training programs across the globe.
Radiology Reading Room Assistant Program
This program is meant to help eligible resident supplement their income. The covering resident is responsible for answering all phone calls to the reading room and triaging them appropriately if unable (or disallowed) to answer questions on their own.