The Department of Radiology, along with the medical student Radiology Interest Group, hosted a new event for incoming medical students - Intro to Radiology: Fact or Fiction Panel. Panelists (including Dr. Mai Elezaby, Dr. Jane Lyon, Dr. Daniela Martin, Dr. Teresa Martin-Carreras, and Dr. JP Yu) shared their experiences as radiologists and helped to clear up some prevailing misconceptions about the field. Despite the all-virtual format, students spent their noon hour asking insightful questions and also had the opportunity to be matched with radiology mentors!
The Shapiro Summer Research Program allows medical students the opportunity to complete an original research project with a faculty mentor during the summer between their first and second year. Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Shapiro projects had to be completed remotely, but our Department of Radiology faculty mentors rose to the challenge. Eleven Shapiro Summer Research Students completed projects with seven faculty mentors, ranging from comprehensive literature reviews to 3D image reconstruction.
Dr. Drew Ross, MD, with the help of Katie Yang, MS, created a new Radiology Shapiro Summer Research Mentoring Program, which provided students with on-demand support to join professional societies, present at national conferences, and connect to the field of academic radiology. The program also built community among the students and faculty through biweekly Peer Mentoring meetings, in which students presented an elevator pitch-style take on their research and challenges they faced in the remote environment. Radiology faculty (Dr. Amy Fowler, Dr. Lori Mankowski Gettle, Dr. Jason Stephenson, and Dr. JP Yu) facilitated these sessions and helped students to develop solutions to the challenges that they faced.
The new Radiology Shapiro Summer Research Mentoring Program concluded with students presenting virtual of graphical abstracts of their projects. Faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students joined to watch students discuss their work. Congratulations to all the Radiology Shapiro Summer Research Students on their fantastic work, and thank you to all of faculty mentors and facilitators for making this program possible!
Pamela Propeck, MD, Department of Radiology faculty member in the Community Radiology Section, was recently appointed as a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Dr. Propeck will serve as the lead Breast Specialist, providing oversight and direction to ABR staff and volunteers relating to the examination process for radiologist board certification. Dr. Propeck has held numerous important roles in the ABR, beginning as an examiner for breast certification, serving as a senior advisor on the Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) Committee, and, most recently, the Chair of the ABR OLA Committee. Dr. Propeck’s appointment to this important position affirms her long-standing contributions to the field, and is the culmination of her wide experience and expertise in precision medical imaging and diagnostic breast imaging. Dr. Propec is the third department faculty member to serve as an ABR Trustee. Previous Trustees from UW Radiology are Lester Paul, MD, and Joseph Sackett, MD.
Professors Alan McMillan, PhD, Associate Professor in the UWSMPH Department of Radiology, Po-Ling Loh, PhD, Associate Professor in UW’s Department of Statistics, and Varun Jog, PhD, Assistant Professor in the UW College of Engineering were awarded an R01 from the National Library of Medicine. The title of their project is “Can Machines Be Trusted? Robustification of Deep Learning for Medical Imaging.” The goal of their research is to study ways to strengthen deep learning networks by looking at the ways in which they fail in both intentional and real-world situations. This research will be funded from the National Library of Medicine FOA [PAR18-896] - NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science.
Professor Alan McMillan, PhD, received a pilot grant that helped bring the idea of the development of robust AI. “We have always been able to engineer good solutions with AI for any problem… however, it is not known how the methods will respond in respect to unanticipated inputs” Professor Alan McMillan also stated when talking about how they came up with the idea. AI is very specific to the data and application that was used to train the model, so what works well at UW may not work at other institutions for many reasons. Some of the causes of the AI “failures” is that there is data that it hasn’t seen before, or patient effects like motion, operator error of the scanner, or other artifacts could cause an AI algorithm to give an unpredictable result.
Associate Professor Vivek Prabhakaran, Research scientist Dr. Veena Nair, and Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jiancheng Hou are part of the team that has been awarded a $3.9 million NIH grant. This grant will focus on the neurodevelopmental deficits in macaque infants that have been exposed to the Zika virus in utero. The group will work with experts in neurodevelopment, neuropathy, and neuroradiology while utilizing quantitative MRI, hearing and visual studies. This is the third NIH grant received by this team, also including his work on Brain Computer Interface (BCI) and its effects on the rehabilitation time of stroke patients, clarifying the overlapping pathology of delirium and dementia, and mapping the connectome in Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME).
Liisa Bergmann, MD, MBA, along with her cohort team in the UW Executive MBA program, created a business plan as part of a capstone project for their Executing Strategy course. The project won the “most Innovative” project award in the Badger Sett competition. Her business plan was for a potential new product, a CPR training system called “ResusciDGi.” ResusciDGi is a CPR training system that combines the internet and a digitized manikin that feels more like a human, to allow for socially-distanced CPR training and certification. Her team’s project was voted to be the most innovative by her professor, a team of two judges, and her classmates. The invention has been disclosed to WARF, where it is now under consideration, while its team of creators is working on prototype development. Dr. Bergmann is a graduating MR fellow in the department.