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  • My Turn: RSNA Resident & Fellow Committee Works to Engage Broader Scope of Trainees

    By Courtney Tomblinson, MD

    August 1, 2017

    Each year, the RSNA Resident & Fellow Committee (RFC) seeks new ways to engage trainees in RSNA activities and spread the word about the phenomenal educational resources available through RSNA. This year, two of our goals are to improve trainee engagement and to help prepare members-in-training for fellowships or their first jobs.

    Seeking to engage a broader scope of residents and fellows across the country, the RFC created the RSNA Resident Representatives (R3) program in 2015 to serve as a bridge between RSNA and residents’ respective institutions. Each program director can designate one R3 representative (typically a second-year radiology resident) to serve a one-year term, acting as a liaison between individual training programs and the RFC. This arrangement allows for a two-way exchange of information and ideas.

    Our RFC Communications Subcommittee sends out a monthly newsletter to R3 representatives highlighting new opportunities, upcoming deadlines or specific resources available to trainees. For example, our most recent newsletter contained information pertinent to residents studying for the Core Exam, including the RadioGraphics ABR Core Exam Study Guide, a compilation of image-rich reviews organized by subspecialty and topic.

    The R3 representatives provide feedback on educational resources and RSNA programming, allowing us to tailor our materials and plans for the upcoming year — particularly the RFC Symposium held at the RSNA annual meeting. In addition, the R3 program helps the RFC disseminate new information about RSNA opportunities, grants, scholarships and more to their peers in their individual programs.

    Since its inception, the R3 program has grown from a small group of volunteers to 122 representatives across the country. We would like your help to expand even further, so that each training program has a representative. If you are not sure if your program has a representative, or would like to facilitate joining the R³ program in coordination with your program director, please contact RSNA Customer Service at membership@rsna.org.

    Residents and fellows are also invited to explore a recently updated RSNA resource: RSNA Career Connect.

    Trainees preparing to enter a fellowship or their first job can visit RSNA Career Connect at RSNA.org/Careers to access the enhanced fellowship and career portal. The new interface allows intuitive search methods with the capability to filter based on geography and keywords. Job seekers can also save potential jobs and create an alert for new career opportunities matching their search criteria.

    The RFC is continually seeking feedback from members-in-training and from RSNA members overall on how we can collaborate and provide assistance to residents and fellows as they advance through training and enter the workforce. We are excited to see you at this year’s RSNA annual meeting!

    Dr. Tomblinson is chair of the RSNA Resident and Fellow Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, and completed her medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY. She is a chief resident at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Her Twitter handle is @cmtomblinson.


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