Protected conference time for our residents is another key component of the stellar education our Department offers. To ensure that every topic is well-covered, a structured curriculum of didactic and case conference lectures comprises the bulk of the daily noon conferences; journal clubs, call-preparation seminars, and informal topic-centered discussions (our monthly "Lunch with Chair") make up the rest. A separate curriculum of physics lectures is also given. We recently implemented an audience response system as well. Most Wednesday mornings, our Department holds Grand Rounds, with special lectures from our own faculty and experts from across the world. Weekly divisional conferences specific to certain subspecialty rotations and various interdisciplinary conferences round out our conference experience. Our residents have ample opportunity to be involved in teaching of medical students, other residents and other healthcare providers.
Our residency leadership strongly advocates resident involvement in the greater radiology community. Resident scholarship is avidly promoted; our Department currently provides funding for residents to present at national radiology meetings. Our department typically has a strong showing at major national radiology meetings, including RSNA, AUR, ACR, ARRS, ASER, ASNR, and others.
Yes, call IS educational! Most residents we know would agree that taking call allows them to synthesize and apply their radiology education while building the skills of speed and confidence through independence (though, of course, there is always backup available from upper-level residents, fellows, and attendings). Radiology call at Emory includes a combination of night-float and traditional call.
Reading is a fundamental part of radiology education. A broad selection of textbooks, review books, journals, video/multimedia collections, and other resources is available at the main departmental library, subspecialty libraries, and site-specific libraries. Our residents currently have access to multiple teaching files, our intradepartmental website, and resources of the libraries of Emory University. A yearly professional development fund covers the purchase of radiology books and other educational tools.
Our residents are currently offered the opportunity to attend the four-week course in radiology-pathology correlation offered by the AIRP (formerly known as the AFIP).