Resident education is a core mission of the Cardiovascular Imaging Section and includes a biennial lecture series that covers all aspects of non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. Residents are required to spend at least two months in cardiovascular imaging during their residency. The first rotation focuses on learning appropriateness criteria for non-invasive cardiovascular imaging studies, identifying vascular and cardiac anatomy (including normal varients and common pathology), and interpreting cardiovascular CT and MRI. The second rotation focuses on learning more advanced cardiovascular imaging studies, including cardiac MRI and coronary CTA. Resident teaching is conducted through a variety of teaching methods, including daily read-outs, teaching files, hands-on experiences monitoring clinical cases, and conferences. The conferences are adapted from topics covered in the American Board of Radiology CORE Examination . In addition, the section provides a condensed series of conferences during a cardiovascular imaging “boot camp” that covers topics typically encountered on call.
The Cardiovascular Imaging Section is integral to the training of fellows in the Clinical MRI and Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship programs. Graduates from these fellowships become regional and national leaders in academic and non-academic radiology practices. Fellows in Clinical MRI become advanced experts in all aspects of magnetic resonance imaging with training in cardiovascular, abdominal, and musculoskeletal imaging and neuroradiology. Clinical MRI fellows benefit from hands-on experiences acquiring MRI studies and didactic experiences with world experts in MRI physics. Fellows in the Cardiothoracic Imaging fellowship receive a well-balanced training in thoracic and cardiovascular imaging under the guidance of sub-specialty trained faculty in thoracic and cardiovascular radiology.