Research and Resident Lectures
Ten weeks are set aside for elective rotations, which afford the resident time for pursuing research interests, for focused study, and to enhance one's skill in subspecialty areas. Research is important in our training program. Residents are required to participate in at least one research project, either clinical or laboratory based, under the mentorship of a faculty member.
During the third year, each resident delivers a 30-minute presentation to the department describing his/her research project. The presentation may be of a completed study or a work-in-progress. Residents have the additional opportunity to present their work during the annual Department Research Day, at which prizes are awarded for the best presentations. Many trainees also have the opportunity to present their work at national conferences and in recent years we have had residents presenting at RSNA, ARRS, AUR, SCBT and ASNR.
When a resident assumes major responsibility for a manuscript, it is expected that the resident will be the first author for that publication. The department has resources to print posters, produce presentations, and prepare manuscripts for publication. Funding for travel to scientific meetings is available through the department and awarded based on a case by case basis.
Each resident is also required to prepare and present a formal educational lecture to be delivered to their colleagues at one of the daily conference sessions. Residents choose topics based on their own interests. Faculty assistance and departmental support is provided for these conferences.