About Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine (JPNM) Residency

Goals

The goal is to prepare qualified MD or MD/PhD trainees to practice nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at the highest level. This is accomplished through a series of supervised clinical rotations, didactic and laboratory learning, and participation in teaching and research activities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital NMMI and the JPNM affiliated institutions.

Rotations

The trainees develop progressive proficiency in clinical NMMI while mastering in-depth skills in the sub-specialized applications of NMMI including pediatrics, oncology, cardiology and radiotherapy through a series of supervised, complementary clinical rotations in the Divisions of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

In each rotation, the trainees receive supervised training in all aspects of clinical nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. After the completion of each rotation, faculty at each affiliate institution provide a detailed evaluation of each resident regarding their progress in each of the ACGME core competency requirements as below:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. System-Based Practice.   
Curriculum/Conferences

The didactic curriculum includes Introduction to Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Physics, Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry, Health Physics and Radiation Safety. Conferences include weekly Clinical Conferences, monthly Journal Club, Unknown/Interesting Case discussions three times a week, and weekly Seminars in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. There are weekly grand rounds in Diagnostic Radiology including those in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The Clinical Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging/PET course is offered every two years. Some examples of the didactic lecture and conference schedules are listed below.

Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Clinical Nuclear Medicine
  • Physics & Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine Course: August - December
  • Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry: January - March
  • Health Physics and Radiation Safety: April, May

Conferences:

  • Clinical Conferences: Tuesdays / 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Journal Club: Tuesdays (Monthly) / 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Seminars in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: Thursday / 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Unknown/Interesting Case Discussion at BWH: Wednesday / 8:00am - 8:30am
  • The Clinical Nuclear Medicine/PET Course: September 2016
  • NMMI and Radiology Grand Rounds at each institution
Research

Trainees are encouraged and expected to participate in research activities with the goal of presenting project results at national or regional meetings and in peer-reviewed journals and review articles. Trainees are matched with research mentors and there is dedicated time for meetings.

  • Research (under construction)

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