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.