Going Virtual with Radiology Micro-Courses

Jeffrey Kanne, MD, FACR, and Dushyant Sahani, MD, FACR, members of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Education Center Advisory Committee, contributed this post.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of adoption of virtual technology in the education, collaboration, research and patient care environments. The ACR Education Center has also evolved to address the needs of participants and faculty seeking further education and training. We’re pleased to offer the ACR Education Center Virtual Micro-Courses.

Jeffrey Kanne, MD, FACR

The ACR Education Center normally brings practicing radiologists together with world-class faculty for three days of in-person courses for an intensive, case-based review of a radiology subspecialty area. With small student-to-faculty ratios, large DICOM cases libraries and personal access to faculty expertise, students can gain new interpretative skills to take back to their practices. In-person courses, however, are cancelled through March 31, 2021 out of concern for health and safety for course participants, faculty and staff.

Dushyant Sahani, MD, FACR

Building on the innovation of the ACR Education Center, we’ve crafted the new Virtual Micro-Course offerings to deliver Education Center-quality learning from wherever one chooses during the pandemic. These offerings address the need for supporting virtual interaction and sustained learning — all at a lower cost.

The courses focus on a single subspecialty topic, such as liver imaging, idiopathic interstitial pneumonias or temporal bone. Attendees can access recorded lectures and full DICOM case libraries for seven days before the highlight of the course, a virtual two-hour case review with members of our world-class faculty. These case reviews provide learners with understanding of the nuances of and faculty approaches to cases in real-time, skills that cannot be easily taught from textbooks, didactic lectures and other static learning materials. Following live sessions, attendees can review the study materials for an additional 48 hours. Up to 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 4.0 SAM credits can be earned.

We hope that attendees will begin using their new skills after completing the courses and also recognize the educational value of these new offerings. The ACR Education Center Virtual Micro-Courses are an excellent opportunity for new students to see the effectiveness of faculty-mentored, case-based learning, and for returning previous in-person students to refresh and refine their skills.

  • Learn more about our Virtual Micro-Courses, and find out which offerings might be the best fit for you.

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Looking to the Future: Creating a Diverse Radiology Community

Michele H. Johnson, MD, FACR, FASER, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Neurosurgery; Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Yale University School of Medicine, Program Chair for the ACR PIER Program, contributed this post.

As we continue to embark in the New Year with strong feelings of hope and excitement for the future, we stand strong in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, even with the ongoing masking, social distancing and vaccine distribution, the healthcare community as a whole faces an array of challenges including social justice, healthcare inequities and economic stresses. 

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) works to improve healthcare inequities by proudly acknowledging that medical students represent the future of medicine, and that we must strive to mirror the populations we serve by attracting students from diverse backgrounds into careers in the radiological sciences including diagnostic and interventional radiology, radiation oncology and medical physics.

As such, the ACR prioritizes medical student outreach and education. The ACR Medical Student Hub is a free resource tailored just for medical students, created by the ACR Medical Education & Student Outreach team as well as the Medical Student Subcommittee. Our hub supports medical students in getting started in the field of radiology, connecting with peers and mentors, keeping informed on the latest educational resources and accessing various scholarship and internship opportunities.

A signature event of the committee is the 2021 Medical Student Symposium, to be held this Sat., Jan. 23, 2021. The virtual event, Co-Chaired by Tonuka Chatterjee, BSc, and Ryan Morrison, BS, is a great opportunity for medical students to discover the evolving field of radiology, radiation oncology and subspecialties.

Our flagship internship opportunity that particularly engages medical students from diverse backgrounds is the Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of Radiology (PIER) Internship. The initiative began through the Commission for Women and Diversity with the goal of providing underrepresented minorities (URMs) and women an opportunity to explore the radiology specialties and engage in research. This program was converted from an in-person internship to a virtual program in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonuka Chaterjee, BSc, was a participant in this program and has continued her activity in the ACR. For 2021, we are growing our virtual PIER program to include more interns and faculty in order to expand our medical student outreach efforts.

If you’re a first-year medical student interested in the field of radiology, I urge you to check out the many free ACR resources and take advantage of opportunities to further explore the specialty in both the Medical Student Virtual Symposium and the PIER Internship.

  • Registration is still open for the 2021 Medical Student Symposium, held virtually Saturday, Jan. 23 from noon to 5pm ET.
  • The PIER application deadline is Friday, Jan. 29. Find out if you qualify and submit an application today.

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Take the Pledge to Image Wisely in 2021

Beth Ann Schueler, PhD, FACR, American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Co-Chair of the Image Wisely Executive Committee, and Diana Litmanovich, MD, Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Co-Chair of the Image Wisely Executive Committee, contributed this piece.

Beth Ann Schueler, PhD, FACR

As imaging professionals, we play a unique role in patient care. We must put radiation safety at the forefront of our work. And whether you’re a diagnostic or interventional radiologist, radiation oncologist, medical physicist or other imaging practitioner, you can make the commitment to put your patients’ safety, health and welfare first and Image Wisely® is here to support you in doing so.

Diana Litmanovich, MD

A joint initiative of the ACR, RSNA, American Society of Radiological Technologists and American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Image Wisely aims to optimize the use of radiation in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminate unnecessary procedures. We are committed to ensuring the highest standard of patient care.

Join us as we take the annual pledge to Image Wisely in 2021. Together, we’ll put patient safety, health and welfare first, convey the principles of the Image Wisely program to our colleagues, communicate optimal patient imaging strategies, routinely review imaging protocols and monitor examination radiation dose indices.

Please visit the Image Wisely website to learn more and renew your commitment to radiation safety.

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