There are many opportunities for residents to conduct research throughout the department under the mentorship of faculty advisors. Residents travel throughout the country to present their research at national meetings and frequently win awards for their merits. The University of Colorado also participates in the Holman Research Pathway (ABR Holman Pathway), allowing them to complete a Ph.D. while in residency.
Meet one of our Resident Researchers:
Thomas Flood, M.D., Ph.D.
“I am very grateful to have been awarded the 2017 RSNA Presidents Circle Research Resident grant. The award will allow me to learn new research skills and further progress as a physician-scientist under the mentorship of Tor Wager PhD, who is a leading neuroscientist in the field of functional MRI. As part of the proposal, we will study the neurological underpinnings of chronic back pain. I am excited that our research will help elucidate the central nervous system’s role in mediating the experience of persistent pain and may lead to better therapeutic options for this complex and ubiquitous condition. This opportunity, which is invaluable for my development as a medical researcher and career within radiology, would not be possible without the generous support of the RSNA and the President Circle donors, our CU Radiology Department, and the many great mentors that have helped guide and inspire me throughout residency.”
The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is a nationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and innovative approaches to improving human health. With sponsored research awards totaling more than $400 million annually, CU Anschutz researchers collaborate with partner and affiliate hospitals, clinics and centers to bring research from the bench to the patient’s bedside.
Our residents have received almost $200,000 in grants and published greater than 30 manuscripts over the last 2 years, and the Department of Radiology faculty has published over 200 manuscripts during 2014-2015. On of our residents, Premal Trivedi, received a $30,000 grant from the Society of Interventional Radiology for his proposal “National comparative trends in utilization of percutaneous endovascular dialysis access maintenance procedures by provider specialty, associated complications and long term patency rates using the Medicare 5% files”. Dr. Michael Regner, an R2, is participating in our Radiology Residency/Bioengineering PhD Program. He was recently selected for the prestigious ABR Holman Research Pathway, which simultaneously trains the resident in diagnostic radiology and in basic science, clinical, or translational investigation. The Pathway is designed for the exceptional trainee who has both strong clinical abilities and a background in research. He has also received an NIH F32 grant for $134,000 and a CCTSI local NIH center grant for an additional $30,000.
Resident academic pursuits are strongly supported by department leadership. Several of our residents are MD/PhDs. One of our residents is currently working on a combined Radiology Residency/PhD program with the Department of Bioengineering. Extensive resources are available in our department to assist with study design, statistical analysis, grant writing, and other requirements. The Department of Radiology has a full-time biostatistician/health services researcher to assist residents and faculty with study design, statistical analysis, communication of research findings, and grant writing.
Residents, fellows, and attendings showcase their hypothesis-driven research at the Research Symposium, which is sponsored by the department twice a year. Residents give a 6-minute oral presentation on their research, which is judged by a panel of attendings. A $250 academic fund prize was awarded for the best presentation.
Each resident has 5 educational days per academic year to attend a national meeting or review course. Our department funds resident travel to up to 2 national meetings ($1,500 per meeting) each year at which the resident is presenting orally. Residents are encouraged to pursue research elective months during residency.
Jody Tanabe, MD
Vice Chair of Research
Section Chief, Neuroradiology
Associate Professor, Departments of Radiology and Psychiatry