The clinical curriculum follows a block schedule, with most rotations scheduled as 4-week blocks. This allows for residents to maintain consistency in studying and learning and to build upon prior knowledge before moving on to the next rotation. Resident rotations include: Abdominal CT & MRI, Angio interventional radiology, Breast imaging, Cardiovascular imaging (including cardiac MRI), Chest imaging, Cross sectional interventional radiology, Oncologic imaging (at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Emergency radiology, Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Fluoroscopy, Musculoskeletal radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, Ultrasound, Night Float and Consult rotations.
The majority of the 4th year is elective time, in which residents can build their own schedule based upon future career goals. They may opt to partake in mini-fellowships and/or extraclinical specialization tracks (or more information, see Senior Electives). Residents are also encouraged and supported to stay at BWH for their clinical fellowship as well, modeling the 3+2 program.
Daily Resident Conferences
Daily 7:45-8:15am and 12:15-1:15pm
Resident conferences are held twice a day. In the first half of the year, morning conferences are dedicated to R1 and R2 residents and include an R1 “bootcamp” in July and August, composed of faculty and peer-led introductory conferences. In the second half of the year, morning conferences are for all residents and are case-based and include R3 board reviews. Afternoon conferences are a mix of lecture and active learning, incorporating case conferences, multiple choice questions and other activities.
Weekly physics lectures and our non-interpretive skills curriculum (which includes lectures on education/teaching, business/finance, quality improvement, wellness and more) are also included in the conference schedule.
Section-specific small group case conferences are also held daily on most clinical services.
Conference time is protected educational time for the residents, and resident attendance is expected except when direct patient care may be compromised or absence from a procedure would diminish the resident’s educational experience.
Radiology Grand Rounds
Radiology Grand Rounds brings invited experts in the field of radiology to speak to the department. This conference is open to the entire faculty and staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The second hour of conference from 1pm to 2pm is usually a case conference, where the Grand Rounds speaker shows unknown cases to the residents.
Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm and Fridays 7:45am-8:30am
Pediatric genitourinary conference on Monday evenings and pediatric neuroradiology conference on Friday mornings are open to all Brigham radiology residents, though only those residents rotating on the Pediatric Radiology rotation are expected to attend.