Applying Comparative Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Research and Education (ACQUIRE)

The Applying Comparative Effectiveness and Quality Improvement Research and Education (ACQUIRE) workshop is a new and innovative six-month program co-sponsored by RSNA, the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation (SIRF) and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

This interactive workshop gives participants tools for research in health care delivery and clinical effectiveness, practical skills, peer support and mentored research in an intensive hybrid-learning format. 

Who should attend this workshop?

Academic radiologists, imaging-related researchers, radiation oncologists at all levels of clinical experience, radiology trainees and research team members (such as master’s-level research assistants or analysts in imagers’ labs) will benefit from this workshop.

Workshop dates and location

ACQUIRE will take place between September 2024 and March 2025.

Workshop I: Sept. 12–13, 2024
1 ½-day in-person workshop in Oakbrook, IL

Workshop II: March 4, 2025 
1/2-day virtual workshop 

Learning objectives

  • Develop new methodological knowledge in health care delivery science, clinical effectiveness research or economic evaluation through web-based didactics and intensive workshops.
  • Recognize practical goals and milestones in conducting health care delivery, clinical effectiveness research or economic evaluation.

Program details

This hybrid program will address the challenges of training imagers, imaging researchers and their team members in methods of health care delivery science and effectiveness research, enabling researchers to add a health service aim when pursuing career development or project grants that are federally funded. 

Participants will be able to select one of the three tracks available for this course and may participate in future cycles to select another track.

Track one: Evidence Synthesis Quality Improvement
This track encompasses the systematic review and evaluation of quality improvement (QI) efforts:   
  • Systematic review
    • Includes the purpose and processes of systematic review and meta-analysis, which serve as a basis for appraising the state of the evidence for imaging procedures and for identifying further research needs. 
  • QI  
    • Will guide conduct and publication of efforts to address commonly encountered problems and the results obtained through QI. 

The knowledge and practical insights in this track will guide research to improve evidence-based practices. 

Track two: Observational Research/Health Care Delivery Science  
This track will incorporate:  
  • Common statistical concepts and challenges faced in conducting observational research
  • Principles of health care delivery science, including:
    • Identification of appropriate study outcomes
    • Use of informatics
    • Introductory concepts in implementation science
Track three: Economic Evaluation/Decision Science
This track will cover:  
  • Principles of medical decision-making and decision analysis 
    • Decision analysis will teach learners to apply the available evidence from national registries, trials or literature to probabilistic models that project outcomes of patient populations. 
  • Methods of economic evaluation  
    • Economic evaluation will encompass methods for both local decision-making (e.g. budget impact analysis) as well as population-level analyses for guiding policy.   


Registration is open!

Members of the ASNR, SIR and/or SNMMI who are not active RSNA members, please contact us at to receive a code that will allow you to register for the workshop at the RSNA member rate.

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Participants are responsible for all travel-related expenses.

The SIR Foundation will sponsor up to four travel awards for interventional radiology participants. Sponsored applicants must be SIR members and be registered for ACQUIRE by Aug. 1, 2024.

ACQUIRE registration rates
Become an RSNA member-in-training at no additional cost! 


RSNA members

Non-members $1,000

Faculty members 

Course co-directors 

  • Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH  
  • Stella Kang, MD, MSc  

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation (SIRF), and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). The RSNA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CME credit information

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Contact us 

Please direct all workshop questions to and we will be happy to assist you.

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