Applied Radiology asked each of the two award winners to comment on his experience participating in the Bracco "Leaders on the Horizon" Resident Program.
BRACCO LEADERS ON THE HORIZON EDUCATIONAL GRANT: CT
asked each of the two award winners to comment on his
experience participating in the Bracco Leaders on the Horizon
Jim S. Wu, MD
Having the opportunity to participate in the BraccoLeaders on
the Horizon research program has been an extremely enriching and
enjoyable process. Often, as radiology residents, our time is
consumed with learning the fundamentals of our field. Thus, we find
it difficult to pursue areas of personal academic interest and to
participate in research. However, research is instrumental in
expanding our specialty. It is important that we as residents
become involved in research as early in our careers as
This program allows residents to experience the pains and joys
of completing a research project, all in a truncated time period. I
chose a topic of interest in CT, attended RSNA, wrote a paper, and
saw it published, all in a seven-month time period. After
undergoing the review process, I have a greater respect for
academic radiology. It takes high-quality research to have work
accepted for publication.
RSNA was a great experience. I attended several seminars and
lectures from experts in the fields of emergency radiology and CT
angiography. These talks, combined with the posters, provided me
with a wealth of information for my topic and allowed me to see the
quality of imaging being performed nationally and internationally.
It was amazing and quite surprising to see so many radiologists in
one building. For those of you attending RSNA next year, try to set
an agenda at the beginning of each day so that you can best utilize
the conference. It is truly a great experience.
By participating in this program, I have discovered how
rewarding research can be, and I hope to pursue a career in
academic radiology. I strongly recommend this program to all