Rad Boot Camp: Radiology, Equity,

Radiology Boot Camp is a multi-institutional commitment of excellence between Massachusetts General HospitalEmory and Vanderbilt to provide sustained longitudinal guidance, mentorship, education and research opportunities for all years of medical students, regardless of prior experience. Informative and interactive quarterly events will demonstrate the diversity of our workforce and the breadth of career opportunities provided in the field of radiology. Together, we are committed to building a diverse pipeline of learners that are well versed and equipped to serve an ever-changing patient population.

Professional Organizations

American College of Radiology

Membership to the American College of Radiology (ACR) is free for medical students. The ACR has a number of leadership opportunities for medical students including a medical student subcommittee to the ACR Residents and Fellows Section.

Founded in 1923, the ACR represents nearly 40,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists across the country. As a member you will have access to information, educational opportunities, and networking which can set you up for success.

Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology represents more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, medical students, scientists and clinical associates, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiologic technologists and paramedical professionals. This organization advocates for

Membership to SIR is free for medical students.

Radiological Society of North America

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is a non-profit organization with over 52,000 members from 153 countries around the world.

The RSNA has a strong focus on education, research, and innovation. The RSNA publishes the five top peer reviewed radiology journals: Radiology, RadioGraphics, Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging and Radiology: Imaging Cancer.

Membership to the RSNA is free for medical students.

National Medical Association

The National Medical Association is the oldest and largest organization representing physicians and patients of color. Originally established in 1895 by 12 black docs during a time when physicians of color were actively excluded from the American Medical Association, NMA has grown to represent more than just the 50,000 Black physicians they serve as it continues to advocate for all underserved populations and ethnic groups.

Membership for medical students is $20 annually and provides access to electronic resources and networking opportunities. Additionally, there is a Radiology and Radiation Oncology Section.

Clinical Opportunities

Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) is sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. This program provides support for fourth and qualified third year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC, including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native, to participate in the 4-week HMS Exchange Clerkship Program.

The program provides housing and up to $400 for transportation to Boston.

VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. A faculty/student dinner seminar is held during each rotation. In addition, participants have access to HMS and the HMS Countway Library, as well as hospital seminars and workshops.

Research Opportunities/Funding

Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)-MGH

SRTP is an eight-week research opportunities program organized by the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion open to junior and senior undergraduates, first year medical students, graduate students, and post-baccalaureate students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in medicine. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor, attend both career development workshops and didactic seminars, and present an oral presentation on their research at the conclusion of the program. Students receive a housing stipend, living stipend, and are eligible for need-based travel grants.

ACR PIER Program

The American College of Radiology’s Commission for Women and Diversity launched the Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of Radiology (PIER) Internship program in 2016. This program, designed to help diversify the radiology pipeline, is available to students who identify as underrepresented minorities or women and provides an opportunity to explore radiology through supervised shadowing, clinical, and research experience.

The PIERs Internship runs from June to mid-July culminating with a presentation to the Radiology and Radiation Oncology section of the National Medical Association.

RSNA Medical Student Research Grant

The Radiological Society of North America awards grants to medical students to gain exposure with medical imaging during medical school, develop research skills, and to consider a career in academic radiology. The RSNA has created space for additional grants for students who identify as minorities underrepresented in medicine. This opportunity is open to medical students attending a North American medical school who are either dues-paying members of the RSNA (membership as a Medical student is free) or conducting research with an advisor who is a dues-paying member. To qualify for this $6000 grant ($3000 from the RSNA and $3000 to be matched by the sponsoring institution), the medical student must commit to work full-time for at least 10 weeks on the research project.

SIR Summer Medical Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Internship Program introduces medical students to interventional radiology research and medical device development. Applicants must be members of the SIR.

SIR Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant

This SIR multi-step grant opportunity  provides funding up to $4,000 for medical students to conduct research in areas considered important to the SIR. Grants are available to undergraduate and medical students in the US and Canada. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada.