RSNA/ASNR Comparative Effectiveness Research Training




Co-sponsored by RSNA and the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), 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.


Learning objectives


  • Identify principles of CER design as they apply to studies of imaging for improved imaging value and patient outcomes.
  • Implement the principles of CER in imaging studies.
  • Comprehend the regulatory, funding and other implementation issues associated with CER for imaging.
  • Write a grant proposal for the intended audience in compliance with grant instructions and demonstrate the mechanics and logic of good expository writing.
  • Develop a proposal for a grant application for potential submission for the ASNR CER award, RSNA Research Scholar Grant, GE Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) program or other extramural funding as a principal investigator.


CME credit

This live 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 and nuclear medicine academic departments. Mid-career faculty and research investigators with an MD or PhD degree, 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 his or her 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 his or her 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.



2019-2020 dates TBD.




The 1½-day, in-person session is held at RSNA headquarters, 820 Jorie Blvd., 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.



Application process

Applications for the 2019-2020 training will be available in late 2018. Participants are responsible for costs associated with air travel, hotel accommodations and ground transportation to the course location. There is no registration fee for this course.




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