Resident education is the major priority of the department, which includes 94 faculty attending radiologists and scientists that are dedicated to resident teaching.
Our faculty includes some of the most prominent leaders in radiology education. Several faculty members are on the current RSNA, ARRS, and AUR education committees, as well as serving as the course director of the ARRS Clinician-Educator Development Program and the senior faculty advisor of the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology. Many members of the department are sought after as speakers at national and international meetings, and several have written widely-read texts. In addition to experts in the various subfields of radiology, the faculty includes authorities in outcomes and health services research, basic and translational science, and the business, law, and ethics of radiology.
Within the program our faculty members take great pride and interest in both day-to-day teaching on clinical services and organized formal lectures of our residents. Morning and noon conferences are offered daily at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Daily conferences are also given at Children’s Hospital and the VA MedicalCenter. Conferences are led by faculty with clinical expertise in their respective subspecialties and held in alternate formats of case discussions and didactics.
A weekly core curriculum is held on Thursday afternoons. Faculty and fellows work together to ensure that all residents are able to fully attend these conferences, which are held at UW Medical Center. The well-organized core curriculum is composed of four-week long blocks of high-quality lectures covering each subspecialty of radiology, in addition to sessions for teaching of non-interpretative skills such as business of radiology, health care policy, and ethics. A resident-run club combines radiology learning and teaching opportunities with a social setting that fosters mentorship and camaraderie among classes.
For the PGY-2 residents, introductory lectures are given during the summer months, as well as a month of weekly conferences in the spring in preparation for night call. Physics lectures presented by our diagnostic physics faculty have been modified to accommodate the new timeline of the American Board of Radiology.
All PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents are given allotted time away from clinical duties to attend UW continuing medical education (CME) courses: Emergency Radiology in the summer and the UW Radiology Review course in the spring. Resident registration is complimentary.
Additional educational resources include a large collection of journals and textbooks within the department libraries at UW and Harborview Medical Centers, radiology-pathology correlation and multidisciplinary conferences, and radiology grant writing courses.