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Teaching/Conferences


Teaching is organized on a formal and informal basis.  Formal clinical teaching includes daily didactic general radiology conferences and case conferences reviewing current cases. In addition to the clinical conferences, there are conferences in radiologic physics, radiobiology and nuclear medicine. In September 2010,  we implemented a joint conference series with Mount Sinai Beth Israel to take advantage of the strengths of both programs.

Numerous conferences in other medical disciplines are covered by both a radiology attending and a resident. Residents are gradually given responsibility for presentation of radiology findings at these clinical conferences in order to develop consultative skills.

Practical work with responsibility is an integral part of our concept of resident training. Increasing responsibility for reading studies occurs during the four-year training program. At all times, attending diagnostic radiologists overread resident preliminary reports..

The resident trainee also learns to assume administrative responsibility. The resident is responsible for the functioning of the Department at night and on weekends. A senior resident and attending are available at all times on an on-call basis. Thus, we emphasize the need to develop the skills and assume responsibility in the managerial as well as the medical spheres of a radiology department.

Conference schedule link.



Journal Club
We have a monthly journal club mentored by an attending. 2 residents present a paper. We try to rotate the theme by subspecialty each month. Residents are encouraged to use their critical thinking skills. In addition to a slide summarizing the authors version of the limitations of the paper "Limitations (authors)", residents are encouraged to come up with a slide with their own concerns about the paper "Additional limitations". On occasion, this analysis leads to a published letter to the editor (see below).

References:
YiPing Zhang M.D., Ph.D. '11
Zhang Y. Error in the calculation of the correct use of positive and negative predictive values. J Ultrasound Med. 2008 Mar;27(3):496. PMID: 18314531

Yvette Bailey M.D. '97 
Bailey YD, Cooper SG, Schur I, Patel R. Can helical CT replace aortography in blunt aortic trauma? Radiology. 1996 Nov;201(2):579-80. PMID: 8888265