Education and Evaluation
The residency training program has a strong didactic component. Resident conference takes place at midday Monday through Friday and rotates between subspecialties. A comprehensive two-year rotating core curriculum was developed in 2015 utilizing the ABR Core Exam Study Guide. This structured curriculum enables each resident to be exposed to the majority of conferences twice prior to graduation. Journal club is held monthly and also rotates between subspecialties.
In addition to extensive clinical experience, radiology residents also participate in a number of conferences. A resident-driven quiz conference is held monthly, and is the focus for some good-natured fun and competition.
During the first two weeks of July, incoming first year residents are required to complete the course work developed for the medical student rotation. This includes online CORE cases, basic didactics from faculty and upper level residents, and spending time with the techs in the different imaging labs. This allows for the new residents to start on a level playing field as they begin their clinical training.
Interdisciplinary conferences are important in the integrated clinical and educational experience in radiology at WVU. When on a given service, residents are encouraged to attend.
Weekly - Comprehensive Lung Cancer Conference, Multidisciplinary Surgery/Tumor/Breast/GI Conference, Pediatric Grand Rounds, Orthopedics Grand Rounds, Neuropathology Conference, Neurology Grand Rounds, Medicine Clinical Pathology Conference, Pathology Conference, Pediatric Oncology Conference, Tumor Board Conference, Trauma Surgery Conference.
Bi-weekly - GYN/Oncology Conference, Brain Cutting Conference, Combined GI, Medicine, Surgery Conference.
Monthly - Combined Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery and Neuropathology Conference, ENT Conference, ER Radiology Conference, Pulmonary Radiology Conference, Urology Conference, Pediatric Conference, Orthopedic Tumor Conference, OB/Pediatrics Conference and Genetic/High Risk OB Conference.
AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology) in Washington, D.C. is the site for a 4 week radiological pathological correlation training course.
Senior Board Prep
It is understood that the months leading up to taking the ABR Core Exam are some of the most stressful times during a resident's career. As such, multiple steps have been taken to ensure that each PGY4 resident is given every opportunity to prepare to perform at the highest of his or her ability.
PGY4 residents attend the 4 week AIRP course in Washington, DC during the Spring prior to taking the ABR Core Exam. Each resident is given $3,000 for living expenses.
Beginning in early March and continuing until the ABR Core Exam, the 3rd year residents who are scheduled to take the exam are scheduled in rotations that are primarily interpretive (i.e.,do not have as heavy direct patient care workload, do not have major procedures of long duration, do not require as much communication/coordination with referring services as the more procedurally oriented rotations). These also are rotations in which the faculty supervised clinical learning opportunities efficiently run from either 7:30 or 8:00 am and finish up at 4:30 or 5:00 pm. When the work finishes early, 3rd year residents are sometimes excused early during the pre-exam blocks.
A directed case-based lecture series was developed in 2015 in which faculty members take turns presenting numerous unknown and high-yield cases to the PGY4 residents.
Testing and Evaluation
There are multiple methods of formative assessment employed by our program. Prior to starting evening call, each first year resident participates in an 8 hour independent call simulation developed by the University of Florida. This simulation is then repeated prior to taking independent call overnight as a second year resident. Performance feedback on this simulation affords each resident the opportunity identify knowledge gaps and improve weaknesses.
Each resident also takes the American College of Radiology In-Training Examination every January.
Anonymous personal evaluations are completed monthly through the online E-value system by both residents and faculty members. In addition, the program director provides ongoing supervision and evaluates the residents semi annually providing feedback on the progress of each resident. Career counseling, mentorship, and placement of graduate residents into high quality fellowships or practice situations are high priorities of the program director and department.