James H. Thrall Management and Leadership Training Program
The James H. Thrall Management and Leadership Training Program (MLT) is an innovative program created to cultivate the next generation of leadership in radiology. Residents who choose to enroll in the MLT program become active participants in multiple facets of radiology business administration, operations, quality improvement and finance.
The MLT program offers several lectures throughout the year that are open to the entire department. These lectures are given by leaders within the field of radiology, including Jim Brink MD, chair of the Department of Radiology. Examples of topics covered include financial management in health care, IT management and decision support in radiology, artificial intelligence, mechanisms of reimbursement and leadership in organizations.
The MLT residents have several additional unique opportunities:
- A personalized two-week health administration elective with the president of Massachusetts General Hospital. This elective consists of attending meetings with the president and other hospital leaders to gain first-hand experience in health care management within a complex organization.
- A radiology specific health administration elective with Dr. Brink. This elective offers additional hands on experience with management of a large academic radiology department.
- Review Harvard Business School cases with faculty in small group settings with personalized feedback and instruction from leadership within the department.
- Access to lectures and networking opportunities within the Partners Centers of Expertise (COE), which provide multidisciplinary educational sessions related to medical education, global and humanitarian health, health policy and management and health care quality and patient safety.
- During the fourth year, MLT residents can customize a six-month leadership project and work closely with thought leaders in health care to build dynamic and novel solutions to a wide variety of health care management challenges.
Global Health Programs
The Department of Radiology offers an international radiology elective rotation in Rwanda. The resident or fellow will gain extensive experience working with health care providers to address unmet medical imaging needs for vulnerable populations.
The Mass General Imaging Global Health Programs are dedicated to addressing unmet medical imaging needs and health care disparities for vulnerable and crisis-affected populations.
The MESH Incubator is a first-in-kind in-house creation group and physical prototyping lab developed within the Mass General Department of Radiology in 2016. It is designed to capture key clinical needs on the ground level and accelerate solutions to produce patents and licensable intellectual property, launch products and services and provide fundamental education in innovation domains to trainees and staff. It is the first integrated innovation incubator of its kind in a medical training program.
In addition to accessing open incubator space and equipment available for use by Mass General staff and trainees, residents rotate through the MESH Core and optionally the MESH Advanced Industry Consult and additional programs. Many trainees and staff have obtained patents on their inventions. They’ve also received licenses to or launched companies.
Through its programs, MESH teaches and instills the following skills in trainees and staff:
- Idea generation and validation
- Clinical and non-clinical 3-D printing
- Artificial intelligence and informatics
- Device and software prototyping
- Intellectual property
- Corporate structuring and entrepreneurship
- MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School case design
- Grants, funding and starting a research enterprise
Learn more about MESH in an Imaging 3.0 case study by the American College of Radiology and in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Harvard Medical School Education
Residents actively participate in the Harvard Medical School clinical clerkships within the Department of Radiology, serving as teachers, tutors and mentors to students enrolled in the clerkship and introducing medical students to the practice of radiology. Residents are also given appointments as clinical fellows at Harvard Medical School, which grants them access to the Harvard University library system, athletic facilities and bookstore discounts.
Mass General’s Department of Radiology is one of the world’s largest and most successful hospital-based imaging research facilities and has a long history of pioneering imaging technology to advance patient care. Numerous research facilities, centers, and groups affiliated with the Department of Radiology offer extensive and varied research opportunities to interested residents. Mass general radiology residents have had an excellent track record of securing research grants from the RSNA and other funding organizations during their residency.
Clinician Educator Track (CET)
The Clinician Educator Track (CET) is a program available to R2 – R4 residents that provides support, didactics, and opportunities for residents with a particular interest in medical education and teaching.
- CET trainee and faculty members meet regularly to discuss and develop opportunities for quality improvement, innovation, and scholarship in radiology education.
- CET residents have improved education in the radiology department through the creation of teaching files, question banks, lecture archives, study guides, and simulations.
- CET residents are offered unique opportunities to teach co-residents and Harvard medical students through case conferences and lectures.
- CET residents are strongly encouraged to attend courses held by MGB Centers of Expertise, MGH, and the Harvard Macy Institute to improve knowledge of educational scholarship as well as pedagogical theories. Funding is provided for course tuition.
- CET residents are encouraged to work with faculty to help plan one of the divisional mini-courses and serve as a lecturer during the course. They are mentored by a faculty member in the process of didactic preparation and delivery.
Current projects include:
- Quarterly pediatric radiology peer teaching conference, held in conjunction with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).
- The “MGH R1 bootcamp”, an introductory lecture series for early first-year radiology residents led primarily by peers.
- Monthly lectures/interesting case conferences with residents in Rwanda.
- Organizing the annual “Education week”, a lecture series held for MGH residents on medical education.
- Vascular radiology call preparation lecture series.
- MGH interventional radiology rotation learning objectives and recommended resources.
- Interesting case collections to enhance Harvard Medical Student learning during radiology clinical clerkships and advanced rotations.
If you have any additional questions, please contact our program coordinator, Jacquie Williams-Johnson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.