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Diagnostic Radiology Research and Awards

Each Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Diagnostic Radiology resident completes at least one scholarly activity and one Quality Improvement (QI) project under staff supervision during his or her residency training. This experience must be documented in the resident’s learning portfolio. Many opportunities exist for scholarly activities, including multidisciplinary, intra or interdepartmental conferences, as well as case report presentations and involvement in intra or interdepartmental continuous quality improvement teams.


A resident research fund provides Radiology residents financial support to perform and present clinical research.


If a resident’s research project is accepted for presentation at a major Radiology meeting, the Radiology research fund will cover reasonable expenses and time to attend will be granted after coordination with and approval by the program director. Each resident may attend only one meeting presentation for any one research project.


Our residents have made presentations at many national radiology conferences, including:

  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
  • American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR)
  • American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR)
  • American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR)
  • Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR)
  • World Congress on Interventional Oncology (WCIO)
  • Association of University Radiologists (AUR)

Many of our residents’ presentations have earned awards at these conferences, including:

  • ISET Best Poster
  • RSNA Cum Laude
  • RSNA Excellence in Design
  • RSNA Certificate of Merit
  • ASHNR Third Place Winner



Other scholarly activity by our residents has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including:

  • Journal of the American College of Radiology
  • Neurographics
  • Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • Neurocrit Care
  • New England Journal of Medicine



Other Awards

Our team won first place in the 2017 AUR Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition!


This competition features a challenging set of unknown images and trivia questions answered by teams from academic institutions across the country.


Our team prevailed over many large academic centers to accomplish this incredible feat. Winning is great, but the collaborative nature of the staff physicians and the residents involved is emblematic of the way they work every day to provide exceptional patient care and clinical excellence! Our super-subspecialty radiology expertise was on display as our team easily conquered difficult cases encompassing oncologic PET/CT, cardiovascular disease, esoteric interventional neuroradiology and musculoskeletal radiology among others.


Once again, the team was led by Dr. Umesh D. Oza, the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director. The other team members included the chairman of radiology, Dr. Kennith F. Layton, the assistant program director, Dr. Joseph Philip, and VIR faculty Dr. Cathryn Shaw. Resident members included Drs. Michael Achilleos, Jennifer Caero, Anthony Onofrio and Ankit H. Shah. Our department also had multiple scientific presentations on display in the scientific exhibit hall.


2017 AUR Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition Winners

From left: Drs. Anthony Onofrio, Joseph Philip, Cathryn Shaw, Umesh Oza, Jennifer Caero, Michael Achilleos, Kennith Layton


This marks the third time Baylor Dallas has won the competition, a feat only matched by two other programs out of over 180 residency programs in the nation. Unique to this win is that this is the first time that a team has won back to back years in the history of the competition.


As winners, the radiology staff and chief residents now look forward to preparing for and presenting the unknown cases and trivia in the annual Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition at the AUR 66th Annual Meeting in 2018.


(As the team responsible for the content of the 2016 AUR Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition, we were not eligible to compete.)


Our team won first place in the 2015 AUR Vydareny Imaging Interpretation Competition. The team was led by Dr. Umesh Oza, the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director. Faculty team members included Drs. Suraj Reddy, Joseph Philip, Michael Smerud, JD Meler, and Kennith Layton. Resident team members included Drs. Larry Nickell, Megan Fitzpatrick, Shannon Glass, Amin Saad and Cody Quirk.


Front Row: From left, Drs. Joseph Philip, Megan Fitzpatrick, Amin Saad, Umesh Oza and Shannon Glass

Back Row: From left, Drs. Larry Nickell, Cody Quirk, Suraj Reddy, Kennith Layton and Michael Smerud


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