Our program provides all the resources our residents need to succeed on the ABR CORE exam, and as a future practicing radiologist. Each resident is provided with a subscription to STATdx, RadPrimer, Board Vitals, QEVLAR, and Vital Source. In total this provides each resident with over 16,000 unique questions to prepare them for the ABR CORE exam. Our program also utilizes RadExam, a new resource published by the American College of Radiology that allows residents the opportunity to get resident-level specific exams tailored to each rotation by the same faculty that write questions for the In-Training Exam (ITE) each year.
In addition to a fully stocked resident library and access to both Baylor Scott and White and Texas A&M library databases, each resident receives CORE Radiology as an incoming PGY-2 and the entire Crack the Core series as a PGY-3 to help them transition into radiology and prepare them for the ABR CORE exam. Each resident also has a $500 book fund that they can use at any point during their residency. However, if there is book that the resident library does not have and you feel would be a welcomed addition just ask our program coordinator, Lisa, and she will get copies for our library without having to use your personal book fund.
Our lecture series was recently updated with a little over a 100 new lectures in the past couple of years to match the ABR outline and prepare our residents for the ABR CORE exam. We have noon lectures every day that are given by fellowship trained staff, previous test writers and board examiners, and medical physicists. We also have a guest lecturer series that includes both national and international invitees.
Our updated curriculum has helped us to achieve over a 75th percentile average on the ACR In-Service Training Exam amongst our R2s and R3s prior to taking their ABR CORE exam. Our first time pass rate for the ABR CORE exam for our R3 residents over the last 10 years is over 95%. We also boast a 100% first time pass rate for the ABR Certifying Exam for our past residents over the last 10 years.
Each resident is expected to complete one quality improvement and one research project by graduation. Our institution and department will fund travel and expenses to any conference within the contiguous United States. We have all the resources needed to help residents with their academic pursuits. Our department research coordinator to help with Institutional Review Board submissions, and the Baylor Scott and White Research Institute that provides help with everything from writing and submitting manuscripts, to medical illustrations. Over the past 4 years, almost every resident in our program has had a project accepted at Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in Chicago.
Our residents are also extensively involved in teaching throughout the institution. As a part of the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, our department regularly has medical students rotating through and each medical student is required to take a two-week course in Radiology given by both faculty and residents. Residents are also expected to give at least one “Tech Talk” to our CT and X-ray technologists for their continuing medical education credit. The Radiology department also gives lectures to other departments such as Internal Medicine on the appropriate use of imaging that residents are expected to participate in. Residents beginning in the R2 year also participate in weekly tumor boards with faculty to provide a truly multidisciplinary approach to patient care.