The Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine sponsors an accredited clinical residency training program in nuclear medicine with the goal of providing an opportunity for qualified physicians to gain the knowledge and experience needed to practice nuclear medicine at the highest level, and as well to meet the eligibility requirements for board certification. The training program also aims to foster the development of nuclear medicine and the careers of its trainees by providing an environment conducive to obtaining skills needed to assume leadership roles in academic and community hospitals. Exposure to a wide range of clinical applications, interaction with clinical staff and faculty with varied interests and areas of expertise as well as the availability of consolidated basic and applied nuclear medical research resources provide a unique environment which fosters a commitment of excellence on the part of the trainees.
Graduates are expected to be capable of directing a nuclear medicine division, teaching nuclear medicine at the postgraduate level, critically assessing the literature, and actively engaging in research. In short, the program strives to enable its graduates to advance nuclear medicine as well as to advance with nuclear medicine.
Training program goals and objectives are accomplished via a fully integrated program among five institutions including: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the VA Boston Health Care System. In order to provide a wide range of clinical material, trainees rotate through a number of these institutions. Provisions are made in select cases for individuals who desire more focused training in specific areas of interest such as pediatric nuclear medicine, oncologic nuclear medicine, PET, or nuclear cardiology.
Trainee competence is evaluated employing a number of tools including didactic course examinations, a comprehensive ABNM In-Training Examination, evaluations completed by faculty from each rotation, procedure logs, and other methods. The goal of these evaluations is to document trainee progress and assess educational outcomes in the following Core Competencies, as prescribed by ACGME:
- Patient Care
- Medical Knowledge
- Interpersonal Skills and Communication
- Practice Based Learning
- System Based Practice
In addition, resident-trainees are encouraged to participate in formal written evaluations of the training program and its faculty.