Teaching Blocks & Conferences

Our didactic schedule consists of conferences Monday through Friday at noon, plus one morning each week, as follows:

  • Brant and Helms rounds - Required for R1s and optional for others.  Residents are provided with structured weekly reading assignments from Brant and Helms, Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology (provided free of charge to all residents).  Residents meet with faculty one morning each week to review and discuss the material.  The goal is to read the entirety of this introductory radiology textbook during the year.

  • Core exam teaching blocks - During each 4-week block, the Monday/Wednesday/Friday noon lectures all pertain to a particular section from the ABR Core Examination (e.g., thoracic radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, nuclear medicine, etc).  Each radiology subspecialty has a four-week block, and two additional four-week blocks cover Emergency Radiology and Physics/Non-Interpretive Skills (relevant to the practice of radiology).

  • Case conferences - On a rotating basis throughout the year, case conferences on Tuesdays and Thursdays also address all the radiology subspecialties.  Case conferences are usually led by faculty; residents also may prepare up to one case conference per year.  These conferences typically use either the ‘hot seat’ approach or our audience response system to engage resident participation.

  • Physics - Our physics curriculum now spans all years of residency, in order to prepare residents for the physics component of the ABR Core Examination.  R1 residents participate in a physics ‘boot camp’ to develop basic knowledge, then physics topics are presented to all residents in a two-week didactic block annually.  R3 residents preparing for the Core Examination are provided with an Advanced Boot Camp in December, followed by a structured review during the last semester before the core.

Lectures and case conferences are given daily in the department's multimedia conference room with audience response system available. Residents working at the VA Medical Center, the Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Center, and the UNM Cancer Center participate in didactics from their respective sites via broadcast.  A typical didactic schedule is shown below:

Link to Lecture Block Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00 – 8:00 AM - Brant and Helms Rounds -
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lecture Case Conference Lecture Case Conference or Journal Club Lecture