Resident Research Program
In an effort to enhance the research experience for Radiology residents and ensure compliance with ACGME standards, the Department of Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine restructured its research program with fresh guidelines and expectations. Our goal is to create a rewarding and productive experience for each resident, rather than merely meet a publication requirement. Under the previous requirement that residents publish a paper, "research was often reduced to a case report or review. While submission of papers is still highly encouraged, we now require active engagement in scholarly investigation and presentation of research findings at a Departmental or other scientific meeting.
Our new research curriculum requires each resident to identify a project that he or she would like to pursue and to specify his or her specific role in the study. Residents must identify a faculty mentor that will supervise their work. Choice of a project need not be conceived nor completed by the resident; they are encouraged to participate in an ongoing research project. The central requirement is that residents plan and demonstrate a significant contribution to the project and deliver a coherent presentation of their work and findings. Due to the limited scope of research time, those who wish to design and execute their own project may do so only under exceptional circumstances. Each such proposal will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Special Research Emphasis Track
For those residents with a strong, long-term interest in research and academic Radiology, Montefiore-Einstein offers a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience in imaging research under the mentorship of an experienced investigator and leader in his or her field. Residents are eligible to apply for the program toward the midpoint of their first year. Selected residents will spend six months of the second year working under a faculty mentor in lieu of their usual clinical responsibilities. Only two residents may be assigned to the program each year. Thus, a competitive selection process is employed to choose the candidates who will most benefit from this special opportunity. To download the six-month optional research program application form, click below and return it to Jessica Delvalle, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Jessica at 718-920-6671.
Planning Your Research Experience
Residents should speak with their resident colleagues and faculty during the first few months of the program in order to identify an appropriate faculty mentor and a project that interests them. By the end of the first year, each resident must complete a required research project proposal that identifies the following:
- Proposal title
- Faculty mentor who takes responsibility of supervising the resident
- A concise statement of the research question
- Predictions and/or hypotheses to be tested
- A research plan describing how they will address the research question and the resident's specific role in the project
By January of the third year, each resident is expected to deliver a 30-minute presentation detailing the project and findings to date, specifying the manner in which he or she contributed to the research. The project need not be complete at the time of the presentation and may be part of an ongoing study. Thus, the presentation can describe a completed study or a work-in-progress. Residents may present their findings during the Department Research Day, and cash prizes will be awarded to each year's best presentations.