Academic Training of Radiology Registrars
Academic medicine might be defined as the
capacity of the healthcare system to think, study, research, discover,
evaluate, teach, learn, and improve. The support and nurturing of
academic radiologists in training must be a key element in attaining the
goal of the NHS to provide the best possible medical services to the
population of the
Clinical governance and increased public scrutiny of the health profession have increased pressure to improve and maintain health care, emphasising the need for clinical and basic research. We believe that training of radiologists with an interest in research is critical to the future of biomedicine in general, and Radiology more specifically. Academic radiologists who are also clinician-scientists have a critical, unique role to play in biomedical advances by imaging and studying patients and their diseases; they help in taking observations from the bedside into the laboratory, make basic discoveries in the imaging sciences, and translate these discoveries into new methods for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease that are based in or aided by newer imaging techniques. In the absence of clinician-scientists, the bridge between bench and bedside will weaken, perhaps even collapse.
We are mindful that tomorrow’s practice of
Radiology depends on today’s medical research. The mission of our
academic department in
A broad definition of clinical research embraces ‘translational research’, and also clinical trials, epidemiology, behavioural studies, outcome analysis, and health policy research. We aim to expose trainees to research focusing on the development and evaluation of new anatomical, functional, and molecular imaging techniques for patient diagnosis and treatment and the investigation of disease mechanisms. Many experienced faculty members throughout our department have both technique and body system expertise, and many are nationally and internationally recognised.
Increasingly, the best research is
produced by teams rather than by exceptional individuals working
largely on their own. Collaboration in clinical research is
emphasised during exposure to radiological training, with teams of
radiologists and scientists representing clinical, population, and
basic science disciplines on site or nearby within the Region, and
where clinician-scientists serve as excellent leaders of such
multidisciplinary research teams. The University and NHS Departments
of Radiology on the Addenbrooke's Hospital campus site in
The Integrated Academic Training Pathway scheme for training
of Academic Radiology Fellows (ACFs) and Lecturers (ACLs) in
For many trainees in Radiology who aspire to future employment in teaching and University hospitals, a period of dedicated full time research training leading to a higher degree is becoming increasingly attractive, and may even be considered highly desirable. It is anticipated that the Deanery and the Royal College of Radiologists would support appropriate requests for out of programme periods for research (OOPR), and out of programme periods for other activities (OOPE); in combination these would help decide the extent to which this research counts towards a CCT.