Radiologic Physics Education

We are proud of the physics education that we provide to our Diagnostic Radiology Residents.  This aspect of our teaching is led by Jonathan Nye, PhD.  This curriculum is focused on principles of physics (e.g., creation of x-rays), applied physics (e.g., detector malfunction manifestation on a CT scan) and Q&A/discussion.  Through a several year iterative process, we have found a successful curriculum for residents and faculty alike.  Currently, we start with a “physics boot camp” early in the R1 year, use the RSNA/AAPM physics modules embedded in corresponding rotations and cover MR physics and other applied topics throughout the didactic curriculum during years R2 and R3.  In addition, we usually cover some newer topics in imaging physics, including research in new technologies and methods, in our Noon Conference series as well as in some of our Grand Rounds.  We have also benefitted from the innovative teaching methods of Dr. Sechopoulos (see picture), which have been described in an article in the journal Medical Physics International [Sechopoulos, I. Visual demonstrations of medical physics concepts for diagnostic radiology resident education. Medical Physics International 2014. 2(1): 35-40]:

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Our process was recently recognized through a presentation at AUR [Sechopoulos, I. Innovations in Residency Physics Education in a Changing (and Challenging) Environment, 61st Annual Meeting of the Association of University Radiologists, Los Angeles, California, April 9, 2013], one of Radiology’s large national meetings.