Introduction to Academic Radiology (ITAR)


Co-sponsored by RSNA, the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), this course shares the importance of research in diagnostic radiology and the excitement of academic careers in radiology. Participants will meet successful clinical radiology researchers, future colleagues and potential mentors.

As a result of RSNA 2020 pivoting to a virtual meeting, the ITAR program directors are working to offer a shortened, modified web-based program. Details tbd. ARRS is anticipating that they will be able to proceed with an in-person meeting, but the number of seats is limited.

A $1,000 award will be made to the departments of accepted applicants who attend the ITAR program at ARRS; financial awards are not available for RSNA 2020 accepted applicants, but selected candidates will receive complimentary registration for the RSNA 2020 virtual meeting.  


Learning objectives

  • Introduce residents to academic radiology early in their residencies.
  • Demonstrate the importance of research in radiologic sciences.
  • Share the excitement of academic careers in radiology.
  • Introduce residents to successful clinical radiology researchers, future colleagues and potential mentors


Applicant criteria

This workshop is for residents in the second year of their residencies (PGY3) in a program based in the United States or Canada. We accept residents within radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine specialties. Candidates must agree to attend all functions associated with the program and participate in a longitudinal study aimed to determine the program’s success.


Dates and locations

Successful applicants will be assigned to either a modified virtual ITAR program held in the weeks immediately preceding or following the RSNA 2020 Virtual Meeting, November 29 - December 5, 2020; or at an in-person ARRS annual meeting held in San Diego, CA, April 18-23, 2021.

RSNA will assign selected candidates to attend either program. The nomination form allows you to indicate preferred dates. We will do our best to honor a preference, but this is not guaranteed.


Application process

The application deadline for 2020-21 has passed. The nomination form for the 2021-2022 program will be available by March 2021. 



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