When we asked 25 international leaders in the field to name the greatest future challenges for our specialty, a recurring response was the need to attract “the brightest and most ambitious young academic radiologists” to cardiopulmonary radiology.1 This concern has recently been magnified in the context of anticipated increased workforce needs related to the potential future implementation of CT screening programs for individuals at high-risk for lung cancer.2
How can we attract the best and brightest radiology residents into cardiopulmonary radiology? A recent study by Arnold and colleagues that examined radiology residents' motivations for fellowship choices provides some guidance in this area.3 These authors identified 3 major influences of residents' subspecialty choices: strong personal interest, advanced multimodality imaging, and intellectual challenge.3 With this in mind, it seems important to provide residents with early exposure to the exciting array of advanced cardiopulmonary imaging techniques and the intellectual challenges inherent to our specialty.
In order to help promote greater exposure to cardiopulmonary imaging among radiology trainees, we have recently introduced a new “Residents and Fellows Corner” in our online journal at www.thoracicimaging.com. This new web feature includes links to a variety of open-access educational content including: a collection of pulmonary imaging review articles, a series of succinct American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria® reviews, a blog series entitled “Tips for Trainees,” and links to the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR) online lectures and the Korean Society of Thoracic Radiology (KSTR) case of the week series. In this issue, we are also introducing a new series of articles devoted to classic signs in cardiopulmonary imaging.4 A resident collection of cardiac imaging articles is planned for the near future. Together, these open-access resources offer a rich variety of educational content. We have also implemented a broad-based communications campaign to “get the word out” about this new feature to trainees.
This collaborative effort has benefited from the help of many. I am especially grateful to Drs Jonathan Chung and Tan-Lucien Mohammed for their assistance in the selection and creation of content for the “Residents and Fellows Corner.” I would also like to acknowledge the support of the STR and KSTR for providing access to their outstanding educational resources. Finally, this initiative would not have been possible without the support of our talented editorial and publication team, including deputy editor Dr Gautham Reddy, publisher Matt Jozwiak, editorial coordinator Julia Nawrocki, and production editor Mary Jo Febres.
It is my hope that this new feature will work synergistically with other individual and society-sponsored efforts to ensure that we succeed in attracting the best and brightest residents to become the next generation of cardiopulmonary radiologists!
1. Boiselle PM, Aberle DR, Bankier AA, et al. 25-on-25: twenty-five perspectives on twenty-five years of cardiopulmonary imaging (Part III). J Thorac Imaging. 2010;25:W61–W66
2. White CS. National lung screening trial: a breakthrough in lung cancer screening? J Thorac Imaging. 2011;26:86–87
3. Arnold RW, Goske MJ, Bulas DI, et al. Factors influencing subspecialty choice among radiology residents: a case study of pediatric radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2009;9:635–642
4. Walker CM, Chung JH, Mohammed TH. Reversed halo sign. J Thorac Imaging. 2011;26:W80