by Lauren Dubinsky
, Senior Reporter | February 24, 2016
From the January/February 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
This second tier is a two-year program. The first year is going to encompass five separate courses — two are on big data analytics skills and three are on comparative effectiveness. In the second year we are going to pair people up with a mentor so people will have a research project and they will be able to work on it with their mentor over the next year. At the end of that we are hoping that everyone will present the results of their research at a symposium at a national conference.
HCB News: You said you are doing this to develop the next generation of radiologist-investigators. What will that involve?
Up until now, if you look at the radiology literature, people are doing a number of observational studies. The next step has to determine the value of doing an imaging study. Does the study allow the surgeons to do more appropriate surgery? Does it allow clinicians to determine which patients actually need the surgery or not? Is imaging really altering the management of patients?
We have to make sure that we are integrating with our clinical referring physicians so that our research is not only proving that we can do something, but what we do really makes a difference for the patient. That is what I think is the next step, and to accomplish this we have to do much larger studies than we have done traditionally in imaging.Back to HCB News