Q: What nonclincial subject do you wish had been included in your residency curriculum?
I have always loved learning new things. Since my residency and fellowship, I’ve studied languages and crafts, learned new sports, and gotten a couple of master’s degrees.
While learning nonclinical skills in residency can open your mind, broaden your career path, and improve job satisfaction, we can no more rely on what we learn in the nonclinical residency curriculum than we could from earning a lifetime ABR certificate. It is critically important to keep learning after training for the rest of your life.
“With the advent of high-quality online learning apps and sites, there are almost endless opportunities to fill in any blanks we perceive in our educational backgrounds.” — Jocelyn D. Chertoff, MD, MS
Extensive non-imaging curricula are becoming common in our residency programs. Many programs are developing electives in subjects like business, management, leadership, research, teaching, information technology, and global health. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency allows residents to do a clinical residency combined with a master’s degree from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy & Clinical Practice, providing board eligibility in the clinical specialty and in preventive medicine. With the advent of high-quality online learning apps and sites, there are almost endless opportunities to fill in any blanks we perceive in our educational backgrounds.
What do I wish had been included in my residency? A broad research curriculum, including grant writing, funding, collaboration, turning an idea into a successful project, presenting and writing up research, and understanding how to work with industry. This information would have been invaluable to me. I could have been more productive earlier and throughout my career and a better mentor to learners and colleagues.
Jocelyn D. Chertoff, MD, MS, Vice Chair, Department of Radiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.