With the advent of the ABR Exam of the Future, we have restructured the program to fulfill the new requirements that are associated with this change.
During the first 3 years of training, each resident will receive a minimum of 3 months in each of the core subspecialties in radiology. These include neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, vascular and interventional radiology, cardiothoracic radiology, breast radiology, abdominal radiology, pediatric radiology, and ultrasonography. Also, we have modified our physics course by extending it from 1 year to 3, and by adding modules that teach more practical aspects of physics that every radiologist should know and apply in his or her daily practice.
Furthermore, it is now an ACGME requirement that each resident complete a Systems Based Practice and/or Practice Quality Improvement project during his or her training. We have therefore established a Quality Assurance Program, through which the residents can get ideas and the opportunity to do such projects in conjunction with our department Quality Assurance Officer.
The final year of training will be designed to allow some flexibility to the resident to pursue electives, to spend time learning to scan with the ultrasound technologists, and to potentially engage in scholarly activity.