Department of Radiology

Radiology Residency Initiatives


Women in Radiology


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Written by Ashley Etchison, M.D. (Class of 2023)

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“Women in Radiology at the Texas Medical Center” Webinar Event - September 2020

A recent activity initiated by female radiology residents in conjunction with the Baylor Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity was organizing a webinar titled “Women in Radiology at the Texas Medical Center”. During this virtual event, six accomplished female radiologists from the Texas Medical Center shared their unique experiences about careers in radiology. Featured panelists from Baylor included Drs. Karla Sepulveda (Breast Imaging), Christie M. Lincoln (Neuroradiology), and Nadia F. Mahmood (Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital), as well as Baylor alumna and former Chief Resident Dr. Varshana Gurusamy (Interventional Radiology).

Ladiologist Welcome Party

This summer the senior female radiology residents at Baylor hosted a “Ladiologist Welcome Party” for the incoming female R1 residents. This casual event at a resident’s home kicked off the new academic year and welcomed new faces to the Baylor Radiology family. The event was so much fun, and is most certainly going to continue every year as an annual welcome event, with frequent continued gatherings in between!

Future plans for Women in Radiology at Baylor include organizing more social events and inviting female radiology faculty to join residents with the goal of bolstering our local female radiologist community.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Hub


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Written by George Wu, D.O. (Class of 2023)

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AI Innovation Hub

The AI Innovation Hub, part of the Department of Radiology at BCM, was founded in 2019 by residents Nikita Consul (R4) and George Wu (R3) with the support of our Chair Dr. Rohren and Program Director Dr. Diaz, for the purpose of educating the department and residency on the latest developments of AI in radiology. Originally inspired by earlier work done by recent BCM radiology alumni Drs. James Ryan Mason and Xiao Li (class of 2019), our three primary objectives are to educate, to collaborate, and to innovate.

We believe the future of radiology is in AI innovation and that the future leaders of radiology will need to be well-versed in AI. Thus, we want to educate residents on all the ways AI is transforming the specialty of radiology. Our inaugural years, we implemented a lecture series where we invited leaders in the space to speak to our faculty and residents about the most recent advancements in radiology AI. For our second year, we plan on continuing our lecture series, as well as incorporating more interactive events such as journal club and workshops. Ultimately, our goal is to develop a structured AI curriculum for our R4 class.

We also encourage collaboration with other professionals in the vast Texas Medical Center, including other radiologists, physicians in other specialties, entrepreneurs, and computer scientists and engineers. We believe collaboration is the cornerstone of innovation. We implement this with our lecture series and workshops, where we interact and learn from professionals in other sectors. We also focus on developing relationships with radiology AI companies with the opportunity to work with them as residents to gain hands-on experience and exposure to clinical AI applications.

We also believe in innovation and the important role it plays in the advancement of radiology, historically a technology-heavy specialty in medicine. As a young and small initiative, this is a goal that will take some time to materialize, but a long-term goal is to develop an AI-focused incubator at BCM where we can become more intimately involved with the innovative culture of AI startup companies.

For interested parties looking to get involved, contact our current chair George Wu or other resident leaders Mohab Elmohr, Calvin Le, and Saad Jafri (R1), for more information.


Distinguished Radiology Resident Educational Track


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Written by Diego Camacho, M.D. (Class of 2023) and Jerry So, M.D. (Class of 2024)

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The program is built on three pillars, which are detailed further below.

Physician as Educator Pillar

The Physician as Educator pillar provides residents with opportunities to improve their skills as educators through supervision, teaching, and collaborative learning. DIRRECT members take on increasing responsibilities over time with R1 members primarily focused on supervision of medical students during the medical school MERADS elective and teaching radiologic correlation in anatomy lab.  Over time, residents start giving noon conference lectures to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. Example lectures include, “When to consult IR”, “Clinical application of nuclear medicine”, or “How to order a body CT”. In addition to our interdisciplinary education initiatives, we put on an annual R1 bootcamp for incoming residents.

Professional Development Pillar

The Professional Development pillar is designed to help residents develop and hone their skills related to education and career growth. We host one event every 4-6 weeks where a guest speaker comes to discuss topics such as PowerPoint slide design, effective use of Zoom, CV writing, how to give feedback, leadership skills, etc.

Educational Innovation Pillar

Lastly, we have the Educational Innovation pillar. To uphold this pillar, residents complete two substantive projects that showcase their commitment to clinical education. Projects are open for interpretation. Past projects have included authoring a paper related to medical education, presenting at AUR, and organizing Professional Development workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about DIRRECT, reach out to one of our chief residents or a DIRRECT co-chair (Drs. Vik Singh and Jerry So). Additionally, look out for our upcoming article “The DIRRECT Radiology Residency Educational Pathway: A Focus on Clinical Consultancy”, which is in press, to be published in RSNA’s Radiology: In Training.