Fostering the Future of Radiology

sm_Michele_Johnson_4063 JPGThis post was contributed by Michele H. Johnson, MD, FACR, FASER, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine; Director of Interventional Neuroradiology

As a recent VOR blog post reinforced, an introduction to radiology early in medical training may boost resident recruitment.

In an effort to make radiology and radiation oncology more patient- and family-centered in multicultural communities, we need to attract the best and brightest medical students from diverse backgrounds – striving to mirror the populations we serve.

In 2017, my department hosted a first-year medical student as a summer intern for 8 weeks. This was part of a partnership between the ACR Commission for Women and Diversity and Nth Dimensions™ offering five such internships nationwide for female and underrepresented minority students.

ACR is calling on members to encourage interested first-year medical students to apply for these internships this year. Opportunities exist in Diagnostic and interventional radiology and in radiation oncology.

The PIER summer internship program is only one component of a larger Medical Education & Student Outreach effort to educate medical students on our career fields.

ACR members – in collaboration with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and various institutions – are speaking directly to medical students at mentoring events around the country.

ACR members are volunteering to serve as mentors to medical students through a match program featured on the AMSA website.

If you are interested in becoming a radiology mentor or hosting a summer internship in 2018 (or beyond), I strongly encourage you to contact the ACR.

You will be glad you did. It was a wonderful and potential life changing experience for both the student and the mentor.

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