Precision Radiology Residency Training: Special Distinction Tracks for Noninterpretative Professional Development

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Rationale and Objectives: The role of a radiologist has expanded beyond the tripartite mission of patient care, education, and research to include cross-specialty consultation for patient management, innovative solutions to improve health-care quality and safety, device design, and policy advocacy. As such, radiology residency programs should incorporate formalized training to prepare residents for these various professional roles. Materials and Methods: Since the 2015–2016 academic year, five training tracks focused on noninterpretative skills have been integrated into our residency training program: Clinician Educator, Quality Improvement, Entrepreneurship/Innovation, Health Policy Advocacy, and High-Value Care. Each track is longitudinal, with a set of requirements throughout the residents’ training necessary to achieve certification at graduation. Results: To date nine residents have participated in the programs, including two who received distinction in two separate tracks. Residents in each of the tracks have implemented successful initiatives related to the focus area. As such, these tracks enrich training by ensuring that residents make meaningful contributions to the department and institution during their training and disseminate successful initiatives through presentation at national meetings and publications. Conclusion: The duration of a radiology residency and resources available in an academic center provide opportunities for residency program directors to advance residents’ skills in important noninterpretative components of radiology practice. Regardless of whether residents pursue academic medicine or private practice, these skills are necessary for graduates to become valuable members of a radiology practice and serve as national leaders in the field of radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)714-718
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Residency education
  • entrepreneurship
  • high-value care
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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