Curriculum

We are a small program with a resident-centered approach. Our faculty and leadership are dedicated to teaching and providing outstanding clinical training. Our program provides early exposure to advanced imaging and exceptional procedural experience.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Core Rotations and Lecture Series — Core rotations provide residents with a broad variety of learning opportunities designed to educate competent and skilled radiologists. Attendings work one-on-one with residents throughout the day and are able to provide continuous teaching and feedback. The Lecture Series includes a mixture of didactic and case-based learning. The first three years are designed to prepare residents for the Core Board Examination taken in June of the third radiology year.
     
  • R2 Pre-call Preparation — Dedicated teaching for call preparation including emergency radiology didactics with the attendings, structured online call simulation with fully scrollable cases, quiz cases with group review, and designated reading assignments. At least five “Buddy Call” shifts with a more senior resident to coach on the practical ins and outs of independent call. Residents are independently working during night call shifts which helps residents build independence, autonomy, and confidence skills that are essential for advancing professionally. Attendings are available by phone/pager during the entire call shift.
     
  • Hands-on Simulation Sessions — These sessions are for residents to safely practice and increase their comfort level with crucial skills. We routinely run simulation sessions for handling contrast reactions and performing complex procedures such as MR and US guided breast biopsy.
      
  • Research and Other Scholarly Activity — with opportunities available throughout the department as well as through the Center for Health Services Research. Residents have published original clinical research and review articles, written book chapters, and presented talks and posters at regional and national meetings. Travel funds are available for residents presenting at meetings.
     
  • Training in the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) — VMPS is our nationally-recognized management methodology focused on improving quality of care and patient safety. All residents participate in VMPS activities with opportunities for leadership, publication and research. Residents have been involved in multidisciplinary Kaizen Events, Rapid Process Improvement Workshops, and other Quality Improvement measures. These skills are highly relevant to the Practice Quality Improvement activities now required for achieving Maintenance of Certification by the American Board of Radiology.
     
  • Training in Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) — Four-week course offered by the American College of Radiology in Silver Springs, Md. A travel and housing stipend is provided, which covers the cost.
     
  • The Senior Elective Program — Nine months of elective time provides opportunities for focused training and skill development. Electives are selected and tailored by the senior resident in conjunction with the program directors and other attending mentors.