Conferences & Academic Support
Conferences may be didactic or case-based, and cover the curriculum over a two-year period. During the medical student elective months, staff and students present a weeklong conference series. Medical students on the elective present in a case-based conference, after consultation with staff and residents. Residents and staff attend this conference and critique the presentations. Conferences are held monthly in Maternal/Fetal Medicine. Each year, three or more research conferences are held to acquaint the residents and staff with the range of research ongoing in the Department.
Weekly Radiology Grand Rounds explore particular subjects in clinical or research radiology in depth, and are shared between residents, fellows, staff, and visiting professors. The staff also provides Board exam review conferences and practice sessions. The radiology department conducts an annual formal "Mock Boards" session for the seniors. The Department also sponsors an active visiting professor program.
Residents are encouraged to attend the monthly scientific meeting of the New England Roentgen Ray Society and the biannual meeting of the New Hampshire chapter of the ACR. The Department sends each senior resident to a national meeting of his or her choice. Most use this opportunity to attend an oral boards review course. One or two residents attend the yearly ACR meeting, and one resident is nominated to attend the RSNA/AUR/ARRS Introduction to Research Course, held at the RSNA or the ARRS annual meeting. Any resident whose poster or paper is accepted at a local or national meeting may attend that meeting, funded by the Department. Additionally, residents receive a stipend to use for purchasing textbooks, and both staff and residents are encouraged to recommend books or CDs to enhance our library and teaching collections.
In addition to teaching the course in physics, our staff physicist John Weaver, Ph.D., is always available for academic questions or to consult on ongoing department issues, such as how to optimize image quality while minimizing radiation exposure. Residents attend the Huda Physics Foundations Course and the Huda Imaging Course.
Radiology Journal Club meets quarterly during the noon conference time slot. Journal club has a theme, rotating through the specialties, with two residents presenting articles chosen with the help of a staff member. VIR journal club is held once a month over dinner, often hosted at attending staff members' homes.