RSNA/ASNR/ SIRF Comparative Effectiveness Research Training


Co-sponsored by RSNA, the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), and the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation (SIRF), this hands-on training program in comparative effectiveness research (CER) will introduce you to the methodology and tools for performing CER. The training is delivered over the course of a year in a combination of online modules, web-based sessions and a 1½-day, in-person workshop.
The goal of the CERT program is for each participant to develop a proposal for a grant application that could be submitted for the ASNR CER award, SIRF CER award, RSNA Scholar award, GERRAF program or other external funding.


Learning objectives

  • Implement the principles of CER design as they apply to imaging studies to measure patient outcomes.
  • Describe the large database available for population health and or predictive analytics.
  • Incorporate Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning technology to CER in imaging studies.
  • Comprehend the regulatory and implementation issues associated with imaging related CER.
  • Develop a grant proposal for imaging related CER.


CME Credit Information

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


Applicant criteria

Applications will undergo a rigorous review and selection process.

Successful applicants will:
  • Be junior faculty or senior trainee in radiology, radiation oncology or nuclear medicine academic departments. Mid-to-senior career faculty, international radiologists and research investigators with an MD or PhD (or equivalent) may also be considered.
  • Not have been principal investigators on an externally funded CER project.
  • Have the support of the department chair at their institution, including release time to attend the 1½-day, in-person workshop and time to complete all assignments.
  • Have a viable research idea known to match current CER priorities.
  • Have a mentor, preferably from their home institution, who has been successful at conducting CER; is committed to helping the participant throughout the program and grant application process; and is willing to provide written input on selected portions of the proposal throughout the program.



February 10-11, 2022 


Course Directors

Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH
Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH
Adam D. Talenfeld, MD



The 1½-day, in-person session is held at RSNA headquarters, 820 Jorie Blvd. Suite 200, Oak Brook, Illinois. Over the course of the year, there will also be web-based lectures and web-based small group grant proposal review discussions. 

The primary consideration of RSNA is the health and safety of all who are a part of our community. We understand the long-term impact COVID-19 has had on travel and in-person meetings, but we are hopeful that we will be able to offer this valuable educational opportunity as an in-person event. We will continue to monitor the situation and any change of plans will be communicated.


Application process

The application deadline for 2021-22 has passed. Applications for next year’s workshop will be available by May 2022.

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