Continuing Medical Education

Duke Radiology in the Blue Ridge Mountains 2019

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville, North Carolina



We are pleased to offer Self-Assessment Modules which meet the American Board of Radiology’s criteria for self-assessment activities in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program.


This course has been designed for the radiologist interested in gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of advances in diagnostic imaging, specifically implementing a multidisciplinary approach to education via a combination of experts from Duke’s Divisions of Abdominal Imaging, Cardiothoracic Imaging, Breast Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the latest modalities and techniques being used in the field of Diagnostic Radiology.
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of common disease processes as they are seen on radiologic images.
  • Demonstrate compliance with various governing agencies to sustain accreditation, licensing and board certificate requirements.


Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development designates this activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the health care team.


Laura Heyneman, M.D.
Professor of Radiology

Olga James, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Karen Johnson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Rendon Nelson, M.D.
Professor of Radiology

James Provenzale, M.D.
Professor of Radiology

Emily Vinson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

All speakers are members of the Department of Radiology,
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina


Monday, October 21, 2019

7:30 a.m.             Dots and Lines:  Patterns in High Resolution Chest CT – Laura Heyneman, MD

8:15 a.m.             Usual and Unusual Manifestations of Benign Liver lesions – Rendon Nelson, MD

9:00 a.m.             Prostate Cancer Molecular Imaging – Olga James, MD

9:30 a.m.             Q&A

9:45 a.m.             Break

10:00 a.m.           Neuroendocrine Neoplasms – Olga James, MD

10:30 a.m.           Update on Pulmonary Fibrosis – Laura Heyneman, MD

11:15 a.m.           Imaging of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Cholangiocarcinoma – Rendon Nelson, MD

12:00 p.m.          What Do You Mean By That?  How to Generate a Meaningful Report and Limit Your Work Interruptions – Olga James, MD

12:30 p.m.           Q&A

12:45 p.m.          Adjourn


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 7:30 a.m.             Molecular Subtypes of Breast Cancer:  The Basics for Breast Imagers – Karen Johnson, MD

8:15 a.m.             Breast Cancer Molecular Imaging – Olga James, MD

8:45 a.m.             Acute Aortic Syndromes:  What You Need to Know – Laura Heyneman, MD

9:30 a.m.             Q&A

9:45 a.m.             Break

10:00 a.m.           Nuclear Medicine Cardiovascular Applications – Olga James, MD

10:30 a.m.           Imaging the Postsurgical Thoracic Aorta – Laura Heyneman, MD

11:15 a.m.           Nuclear Medicine On Call – Olga James, MD

11:45 a.m.           Update on Breast Cancer Screening and the Role of Tomosynthesis – Karen Johnson, MD

12:30 p.m.           Q&A

12:45 p.m.          Adjourn


Wednesday, October 23, 2019 

7:30 a.m.             Dual Energy CT of the Abdomen and Pelvis:  A Ten-Year Perspective – Rendon Nelson, MD

8:15 a.m.             Assessment of the Patient with New-Onset Stroke – James Provenzale, MD

8:45 a.m.             MRI of Knee – Meniscus Pathology – Emily Vinson, MD

9:30 a.m.             Q&A

9:45 a.m.             Break

10:00 a.m.           Imaging of Brain Trauma – James Provenzale, MD

10:30 a.m.           MRI of Knee – Avoiding Common Pitfalls – Emily Vinson, MD

11:15 a.m.           Imaging of Spine trauma – James Provenzale, MD

11:45 a.m.           Interesting Cases in the Abdomen and Pelvis:  An Interactive Session – Rendon Nelson, MD

12:30 p.m.           Q&A

12:45 p.m.          Adjourn


Thursday, October 24, 2019 

7:30 a.m.             Probably Benign BIRADS 3 Lesions:  Why We Should Follow the Rules – Karen Johnson, MD

8:00 a.m.             MRI of Ankle – Lateral Ankle Pain – Emily Vinson, MD

8:45 a.m.             Non-Traumatic Neurological Emergencies – James Provenzale, MD

9:30 a.m.             Q&A

9:45 a.m.             Break

10:00 a.m.           Risky Business:  What to do with High Risk Breast Lesions Following Biopsy – Karen Johnson, MD

10:30 a.m.           MRI of Shoulder – Beyond the basics – Emily Vinson, MD

11:15 a.m.           Breast MRI – Cases to Learn From – Karen Johnson, MD

11:45 p.m.           Neuro Case Conference – James Provenzale, MD

12:30 p.m.           Q&A

12:45 p.m.          Adjourn



The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina is one of the American South’s oldest and most famous grand resorts.  Built in 1913 overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn is a favorite year-round destination.  Its splendid views, old world charm, peerless amenities, long tradition of exceptional service and hospitality make it a place to savor as one of the most enduringly original and exciting resorts in America.

Amenities include golf, tennis, two pools, sports complex, 18-station Paramount fitness center, shops, fine dining and children’s programs and the finest spa in North America with over 40,000 square feet dedicated to your relaxation.  Guest rooms in the Historic Main Inn are newly refurbished and contain original solid oak furnishings.  Guest rooms in the Sammons and Vanderbilt wings are more spacious than those in the historic Main Inn.  Additional features include CD stereo players, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, in-room safes, in-room pay movies, cable television, voice mail, dataports, and windows that open for fresh mountain air.  Both mountain view and property view rooms are available in both the contemporary wings and historic Main Inn.  The mountain view rooms face the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain ranges with the golf course below and the city of Asheville in between.  The property view rooms overlook the spa or the front courtyard.

Hotel Reservations – Room rates are $379 (Run of House) per night single/double occupancy for Run of House rooms.  Upgraded rooms are available at $399 for Resort Rooms and $419 for Mountain View Rooms.  Current room tax is 13%.  Children under 16 stay free in room with parent or adult.  There is a $40 per person charge for third and fourth persons (over 16) sharing a room.  Nonsmoking and handicap accessible rooms are available.  Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.  A $25 resort fee per room per night (taxable) includes toll free and local calling, in-room high-speed internet access, entrance to our fitness center, in-room coffee and tea, guided history tour of the Grove Park Inn and newspaper available upon request.  These items are subject to change

We suggest you make reservations early.  This is one of the most popular times of year in the Asheville/Blue Ridge Mountain area as the brilliant color of the changing leaves brings visitors from all over.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the dates of this meeting.  These rooms will be held until the block is full or until the cut-off date of Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  To make reservations call 1.800.438.5800 and reference Duke University Radiology.    Reservations can also be made online at


Asheville is located in the western North Carolina mountains which is home to the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River.  The Grove Park Inn is located just off I-140 (take I-240 into Asheville) and the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is nine miles southeast of Asheville (25 minutes from the Grove Park Inn).

If you are interested in an upgraded or different room type other than what is blocked, please contact Emily Dunn at or 336-499-6705 for assistance.


Registration Fees – 

Registration fee is $895 on or before September 18, 2019 ($795 for Duke Radiology Alumni and $695 for intraining/military/VA/retirees/non-MDs).  After September 19, 2019 there is a $75 late fee making registration $970/$870/$770 respectively.

The registration fee includes tuition, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks.  The fee is payable by check to “Direct Travel” or by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.  There is a $100 administrative fee for cancellation.  No refund will be made if cancellation is within 3 days of the first day of the meeting.

In an effort to be environmentally conscious, we will distribute the syllabus electronically only using our mobile App.  A printable version will be available within the App if you wish to print the syllabus yourself.

For more information regarding registration contact:

Emily Dunn
336-499-6705 or


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