Radiology Research Group (RRG)

We have a very active Radiology Research group (RRG) which meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5 PM in the main Radiology Conference room in Hospital; additionally, our department hosts an active Radiology Interest Group (RIG).

Our goal is to expose students early on to all aspects of radiology, and to offer students at many levels exposure to clinical radiology research. We work in conjunction with the Cardiology interest group and the Surgery interest group on joint and overlapping projects.

Alumni

Below are radiology faculty and members of the RRG in prior years who were admitted to Radiology or Radiation Oncology programs in the United States.

Getting Started

The Tuesday 5 PM meetings is the best place to get started.

We meet in the radiology conference room in the Hospital. Meetings typically run from 5 PM to 7 PM. People arrive whenever their prior commitments or clinical rotations allow. On occasion the meeting may end by 5:10 PM. When in active work mode, the meeting may last till after 11 PM.

The purpose of the Tuesday weekly update meetings is for group members to socialize, update each other, and exchange ideas on what works best.

Individual subgroups, working on specific projects, meet at other times and locations, as determined by each group.

The Tuesday 5 PM Weekly meeting is also the best place to meet radiology faculty members, and to get plugged into a project, if you are new, or if you are joining us from another interest group ( like the cardiology interest group).  We typically do not create new projects for individual students, but rather encourage them to join an existing group project.

Ongoing Projects

We have many ongoing projects, one of them (teaching radiology in first year anatomy) now going into year 4. We also have several newer projects 2015-2016:

  1. Limitations of carotid ultrasound: a review of artifacts;
  2. Clinical use of MRCP as an adjunct to body MRI, review of clinical appropriateness and CMS reimbursement;
  3. Evolution of coronary artery disease with age; differences related to race, Hispanic ethnicity and sex;
  4. IRB approved research: abnormalities of the cervical spine; focus on OPLL;
  5. Surveying interns and residents about the impact of radiology teaching on their ability to function, in conjunction with GME Office; 
  6. 3D printing for anatomy teaching;
  7. As well as other projects for 2016-2017, such as detection of PE with CT; parathyroid imaging, ..( we are awaiting IRB approval);

We are also creating writing groups to complete manuscripts about educational exhibits we created over the past 3 years (e.g., Bone findings in patients with sickle cell disease; benign mandibular tumors, thyroid nodule imaging, ovarian torsion,..)

We have an extensive written list of our major radiology research projects for 2015-2017... which we can share later.

All of our projects end up being submitted for oral or poster presentation at major international radiology meetings (RSNA= Radiological Society of North America; AUR = Association of University Radiologists, etc) as well as to the Radiology section meeting during annual meeting of NMA (National Medical Association), as well as at local events ( the annual Howard University research day/ week in April).

Unfortunately, our joint cardiology radiology projects do not qualify for submission to major cardiology meetings( like ACC or AHA) because these meetings do not typically solicit or accept educational exhibits.

We hope you can start joining our groups and teams on Tuesdays at 5 PM. That is the best place to start, and familiarize yourself with existing projects. We can then meet in a few weeks, and discuss where your talents might be most helpful.

Storage of Research documents in the shared HUH radiology DropBox space

Dr Duerinckx has made a portion of his 1 TeraByte DropBox storage available for HUH Radiology student research projects, to make collaborations easier. The president of the RIG or RRG  will provide individual students with the logon credentials. (UserID: huradiologyresearchgroup@gmail.com; PW = provided upon a need to know basis). Students using this DropBox space to share documents (Powerpoints, research notes, literature searches, manuscripts,..) can only store up to 2.5 GByte per student after creating their own “free” DropBox account. However, DO NOT store lengthy teaching materials from your medical school course in this space: certain videos will rapidly make you exceed the 2.5 GByte space and block all access for others.

Participation in IRB approved research requires completion of an  Ethics in Research course and Compliance & HIPAA training and a RCRC

Starting  in 2015, more and more of the HUH radiology “student” research projects will consist of “prospective” and “retrospective” research approved by the Howard University Investigational Review Board (IRB).  In order to participate in such research, certain requirements need to be met, as described below.

We want to make  (student) participation in  IRB approved radiology research projects easy, and thus  encourage all RRG members and all of our students  - as soon as they are joining RRG activities -  to take the online course on "Ethics in Research" (completion of the course will get  you  a CITI  certificate), as well as take a Compliance and HIPAA COURSE  (and get the HIPAA certificate. For students (but not for attending physicians) there is also a requirement for a  Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate (RCRC).  Once you have all three  certificates, you need to submit them with your Resume to the volunteer radiology research coordinator (Adrian Godoy )  or to  Drs Duerinckx/Davis,  who will place them into our DropBox storage space for future usage. These documents are usually good for 2 years at a time.

What is the “Ethics in Research course” and its Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) certificate? This fourteen (14) module internet based program covers all aspects of the human research regulations. It is hosted by the University of Miami and is REQUIRED for all research involving human participants. To register, go to http://www.citiprogram.org/.

For  your name to be added as a collaborator on a IRB approved research project , we require the following documents:  your Resume, HIPAA Certification, CITI Certification, and RCR Certification. We want each student to have all four documents uploaded into our DropBox account by January  of each year (or sooner). Please forward your training modules to Adrian Godoy at adrian.godoy@howard.edu for this academic year (2015-2016).

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    1. Please update it with your affiliation to the college of medicine and/or hospital.
  2. Online Compliance and HIPAA Training Certificate  (See note  below*)
    1. This document MUST be completed on an annual basis.
    2. Access the training from the internet at the following web address: http://huhosp.simpllms.com
      1. If you cannot access the site, you must disable pop-off blockers.
    3. Enter your login ID: firstname.lastname
    4. Enter your password: howard
    5. Change your password
      If you encounter difficulties, contact the HUH HELP DESK at (202) 865-4444 or HU HELP DESK AT (202) 806-2020.
    6. Select the course title to launch a course
    7. Select viewing option. If Windows Media Player or Realplayer is not installed on the computer, select the “Text and Graphics” option.
    8. Select the description that best describes your job function from the Curriculum Track. The training you receive is based on your role.
    9. Select “Continue”.
    10. Complete all the modules marked “Required”.
    11. Upon completion of the required modules, you will be able to print a certificate. Separate certificates are issued for each course completed. To verify course completion, please click the “My Completions” tab. Also, save your certificate in your file for your record.
    12. If you encounter difficulties, contact the HUH Help Desk at (202)865-4444 or HU Help Desk at (202)806-2020.
  3. CITI Certificate (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami)
    1. This document MUST be completed every two years.
    2. Please go to https://www.citiprogram.org/
    3. Create an account under Howard University Medical Center
    4. Complete the Biomedical – Basic Course
    5. Pass with 70% or more and print out your certificate.
  4. Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate
    1. The IRB now requires students to complete an additional module called the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) module.
    2. Log into CITI Training at https://www.citiprogram.org/
    3. Click on Howard University Medical Center Courses.
    4. Click on “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”.
    5. On Question 6 “Responsible Conduct of Research”, click on “Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research”.
    6. Once you click “Submit” at the bottom, a request for the course to be added is placed on the system.
    7. Complete the RCR module.

* Some of the certificates given to medical students look very different from the certificates given to faculty members. Do not worry, as the IRB will accept either. If you cannot access this particular HIPAA training module, but have completed another HIPAA training module under the university, we are able to accept it. However, we can NOT accept printed documents, we need .pdf versions. So whatever written printout you got, scan it in, and send us the .pdf version.

Meanwhile speak with fellow students involved ( you probably already did).

Some of your fellow students may be / are copied on this e mail

Andre Duerinckx & Bonnie Davis & Kamyar Sartip

Radiology research faculty.

Examples of completed radiology research projects in year 2014:

Claude E. Guerrier,  Edward Prevatt, Barun Aryal, Weonpo Yarl, Danh Truong, Matthew Kahari, Genelle Gittens-Backus,  Faezeh Razjouyan, Kamyar Sartip, Bonnie Davis, Andre J. Duerinckx, Han Y. Kim, Pulmonary Angiography for Pulmonary Embolism: Maximizing Clinical Value. Oral and poster presentation at the First Annual "Imaging Symposium" at Howard University, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, May 06, 2014. Accepted for oral and poster presentation during the Radiology Section of the 2014 National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug 2-6, 2014. Electronic poster presentation at 2014 RSNA in Chicago, Il.

Barun Aryal, Hemant Boolani, Ojore Jones, Claude Guerrier Elliott Jiles, Brittney Williams, Danh Truong, Faezeh Razjouyan, Bonnie Davis, Andre J. Duerinckx, CT and MR imaging of Coronary Arteries: Beyond Atherosclerosis. Poster presentation at the Howard University Health Services Research Day competition, April 04, 2014. Oral and poster presentation at the First Annual "Imaging Symposium" at Howard University, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, May 06, 2014. Accepted for poster presentation during the Radiology Section of the 2014 National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug 2-6, 2014.