Morning Teaching Conference
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, all residents gather at 7:30 AM for a teaching conference. These conferences are a carefully designed organ-system based series of didactic lectures given by the radiology faculty. This lecture series also incorporates a review of normal anatomy and radiologic-pathologic correlation.
Radiology Grand Rounds
On Thursday, the entire Department of Radiology gathers at 7:30 AM for Radiology Grand Rounds. The curriculum is designed to expose the faculty, residents, and fellows to a variety of relevant topics and speakers. Named lectureships include The Robert Wilkerson, M.D. Lecture in Nuclear Medicine, The Ralph Heinz, M.D. Lecture in Neuroradiology, and The Herman Grossman, M.D. Lecture in Pediatric Radiology.
All of the residents attend “Hot Seat” conferences at noon on Monday and Friday. These specialty-specific case conferences give residents ample opportunity to practice formulating differentials for unknown cases and model real-life radiology practice, simulating the interaction with referring clinicians.
Each subspecialty rotation has a daily teaching conference at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. These conferences are subspecialty-specific lectures or interactive case conferences given by the radiology faculty to only those residents rotating on the service.
Resident M&M Conferences
The resident M&M conferences are held once per month in lieu of Hot Seat and offer a safe, confidential space to review errors and provide constructive feedback. Residents volunteer to present cases, and the discussions are led by a faculty representative from each division, who is nominated by residents.
Week-long intense “mini-courses” are offered every year in the physics of MR, CT, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound, as well as in radiation biology and safety in lieu of Hot Seat and Subspecialty-specific conferences. These “mini-courses” are supplemented with small group hands-on sessions outside the lecture room in the imaging area. Our physics and clinical faculty present the courses.
Sectional Roll-out Conferences
Most of our sections have regular “roll-out” conferences when the most interesting cases of the day or week are reviewed as a group. The Musculoskeletal and Abdominal Imaging sections have daily afternoon roll-outs. The Neuroradiology section holds its conference twice weekly. Roll-outs in Pediatric Radiology and Nuclear Medicine are held weekly. Breast Imaging has a weekly radiology-pathology correlation conference.
Clinical and medical physics faculty provide 2 hours of daily case-based conferences for 3rd-year residents in the months leading up to the ABR Core Exam. Faculty presenters are invited by the 3rd year residents.
Healthcare Economics and Business Education
Conferences covering topics related to health care economics, policy, personal finance, and the radiology interview are offered every year. Every year a question and answer panel based on the radiology job market consisting of practicing radiologists from both academic and private practice is also organized.
Healthcare Disparities and Equity
An interdisciplinary team including Duke physicians, interpreter services, and financial counselors provides an annual week-long course covering topics on healthcare disparities and equity.
The various divisions within the Department of Radiology participate in numerous interdisciplinary conferences, including breast oncology, endocrine, hepatobiliary, neurosurgery, pediatric orthopedics, otolaryngology, pulmonology, sports medicine, and vascular surgery. These conferences are open to interested radiology residents when clinical duties allow.