At McGovern Medical School, we are proud of our Fundamentals Course, a unique educational experience for our first year radiology residents. During the first year of training, the residents are excused from clinical services one afternoon a week to have dedicated didactic instruction through the major principles of radiology. Topics include basic physics instruction as well as introduction to chest, abdominal, musculoskeletal, and neuroradiology. Emphasis is made on reviewing pertinent anatomy, pathophysiology, as well as teaching the imaging correlate for a multitude of disease states. We have found much success with the Fundamentals course which ensures all residents are exposed to essential imaging diagnoses which serve to prepare them for taking overnight call beginning their second year.
Daily noon conferences run from August to June and cover all radiology subspecialties. Lecturers include UT Houston and MD Anderson faculty as well as various guest lecturers.
Residents as Teachers
One of the best ways to fully understand a topic is to verbalize it and teach others. As such, residents are given teaching opportunities beginning their first year of residency. First year residents participate in teaching radiologic correlation during medical student anatomy instruction as well lead lectures during the fourth year medical student radiology elective.
Residents also participate in interdisciplinary radiology pathology conferences. Schedule of conferences may be found here: Events Calendar
Each year, residents submit and present interesting cases as well as highlight advances in radiology via journal club conferences. After completing their Quality Improvement projects, residents present their findings and accomplishments during noon conferences. During the fourth year, interested residents may prepare and deliver didactic or case based conferences to their peers during the noon hour.