At the beginning of each academic year, the program director meets with the fellows as a group and each fellow as an individual. In these sessions, goals and objectives are set for each individual trainee. Goals are focused around achievement of diagnostic and treatment excellence, accomplishment in academic activity, preparation of graduate level seminar material, development of teaching skills, understanding of performance improvement, accreditation, business practices, and organization activities. The training program is tailored to the needs of each individual fellow with a considerable amount of flexibility under the supervision of the program director. Graduated levels of responsibility are provided. A close relationship between faculty mentors and fellows is the standard leading to collaboration in career development, academic activities, and general educational progress.
The training program lasts for a period of twelve months. This includes six months of general diagnostic radiology including fluoroscopy, in patient and out patient film interpretation, and cross sectional body imaging with clinical conference participation. There is one month of vacation. The remaining five months include rotations in nuclear medicine (1-2 months), neuroradiology (1-2 months), and interventional radiology (2 -8 weeks). Electives in fetal imaging, cardiac and musculoskeletal imaging are added as requested. Throughout the year, the trainee takes graduated night and weekend call, with increasing levels of responsibility in their rotations. A second year of training is available upon request. This involves further subspecialty training in neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, or cross sectional body imaging. These subspecialty rotations are accomplished under the direction of a faculty mentor.
Didactic lectures are given each morning. Interesting case conferences in neuro and body imaging are presented weekly. Journal clubs are presented monthly with fellows and residents in attendance. Combined case conferences with other specialties occur throughout the month including surgery, oncology, neurology, urology, fetal, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, genetics, gastroenterology, and orthopedics. At times the fellows are requested to present in pediatric professorial rounds and Surgery- Path conferences.
The fellows are expected to present at interesting case conferences and develop two didactic lectures during their training. Each fellow is responsible for presenting a basic radiology lecture on the chest to rotating medical students from George Washington University. Time is provided to complete a quality improvement project of the fellow’s choice.