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Goals for residents

To become an author/coauthor on at least 1 research project presented at a national meeting or published in a journal.
  • ACGME milestones for residents.
 "Scholarly Activity" milestone (under Practice Based Learning and Improvement), to reach:
- Level 4 = 1 presentation/publication. 
- Level 5 = Completing an IRB and at least 2 projects.

  • R1 residents should complete 2 tasks: the CITI modules on ethics/informed consent and conflict of interest (COI)
1) CITI modules: See the Mt. Sinai link that describes requirements (http://icahn.mssm.edu/research/pphs/training); direct CITI link here (https://www.citiprogram.org/)
2) Overall Conflict of interest (COI) form: https://sinaicentral.mountsinai.org/

These are required minimum to join already-existing IRB projects; more forms are required to start your own IRB.

  • Quality Research: 
R1s are encouraged to start/join/do their own QI project, which satisfies 3+ requirements:
- AGME milestone #1: Scholarly Activity and AGME milestone #2: Quality Improvement
- QI presentation: required internal presentation, scheduled per Amion/Chiefs
- Bonus: One external quality conference is covered by CIR annually, up to $3000 (Please see Educational Funds for details).
Most quality projects and case reports do not need an IRB, if you would like to publish your findings, you can retroactively apply for an IRB waiver. 
Suggested guidelines for quality related research:

  • Mount Sinai has a point system. 
Residents can accrue points for PMID (PubMed ID) publications and presentations at national meetings. 
Non PMID publications (e.g. Case-in-Point) help us meet our faculty point count, but not do not contribute to our resident point count.

Goals for the attendings: Mount Sinai GME asks that we have at least 50% of faculty with at least 2 points each academic year. Faculty get points for PMID publications, non PMID publications, and presentations at national meetings.   

How to Start a Project 101

Discuss Authorship --> Study/Statistics Design --> IRB

Typically the person with the biggest intellectual contribution to the project (especially the conception/writing of the manuscript) should be the first author. 

Authorship CAN CHANGE, but make sure your mentor(s)/faculty members on the project agree with the change. Possible reasons for change:
  • Contribution to workload for poster/manuscript has changed dramatically, for whichever reason (type of study, personal/family, work duties, waning interest, etc.)
  • Significant personnel change (new talents needed, graduation, mentor leaving, new mentor, etc.)
  • Funding change (loss of grant, new grant, etc.)
Also see the 4 criteria from ICMJE, which many top journals use: 

Note: The subsequent sections may not apply if you are doing an educational exhibit. (discuss with your mentor)

Study design/Statistics:
  • THINK ABOUT YOUR DATA IN ADVANCE!!!  Especially study population, what types of data will be meaningful, etc. (Don't get to the end, and realize your data is meaningless)
    • What will your final abstract / poster / manuscript look like?  
    • Make a draft / outline of the study design.
  • Consider asking for study design help from:
  • Consider using REDCaps to securely store your data. After study approval, email: redcap-support@mssm.edu to get access
  • For statistical analysis: SPSS available in the West radiology library, computer closest to the window. Consultation with MSH statistician also an option.

You should determine what level you need - IRB or IRB waiver. 
It can take 1-4 weeks to get an IRB waiver, or months/a year to get a full IRB, so start ASAP!
(Any study >1 patient requires paperwork! ).
  • In general prospective projects will need an IRB approval while retrospective projects need an IRB waiver.
    • Any project that needs an IRB approval (not a waiver) has to be signed off by either Dr. Kamath or Kagen prior to submission to the IRB.
  • 3-5 total steps for both IRB and IRB waivers:
  1. CITI modules
  2. Conflict of interest
    • https://sinaicentral.mountsinai.org/ 
      • COI > Annual Report of Outside Relationships (every year)
      • Project-specific FCOI (per project) after you file an Investigator Form (IF) on same page
    •  https://peak.mountsinai.org
      • Complete the PEAK training course: Online Courses > Functional > Research > "Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research"
  3. Branch point:  Are you joining or writing/leading an IRB or IRB waiver?
    • Joining an IRB or IRB waiver: 
      • (Step 3) Upload your CV onto Ideate. You're done after this. 
    • Writing/leading an IRB or IRB waiver:

For more help:
  • IR research coordinator: Aaron Greenberg
    • Available on site at West to hep with research related questions/projects (office: 4b-08 - "interventional fellows")
    • He can be contacted by cell pretty much any time or M-F 8:30-4:30 at 212-636-8705. You can also email him at  aaron.greenberg@mountsinai.org
  • Diagnostic radiology research coordinator: Lena Marra 
    • Located at main Mount Sinai Hospital.
    • Email is best: lena.marra@mountsinai.org or call M-F 9am-5pm at: 212-241-9369

Final Steps

Final step: present your abstract at a conference or submit for a manuscript!

Abstracts / Posters / Electronic Exhibits / Oral Presentations
  • Please review any abstract with Dr. Kamath prior to submitting to a meeting. FYI: A meeting's prestige (e.g. RSNA) mirrors journal impact factor as noted below.

    If your abstract is accepted, please notify all coauthours and Dr. Kamath so that we can update our residency website.
  • It is OK to submit these to multiple meetings, e.g. ASNR and RSNA. For all the work you put in, you might as well submit to more than one meeting. Please note that you will be sponsored to go to the first meeting, not any subsequent meetings to re-present the same data, but this does not apply to new/different projects. It is not uncommon to see a designated poster person from one institution putting up or taking down all posters from that institution. Usually in the submission process, you are asked if this poster has been presented anywhere else. Just check yes and hope for the best.
  • Ideally a poster/presentation should be converted into a publication. If you present at a meeting, the journal of the society sponsoring the meeting typically claims"right of first refusal" for your manuscript. e.g. if you present at ASNR, you should submit to AJNR. If AJNR rejects your manuscript, you are free to submit it to another journal. (For AUR/Academic Radiology, this policy seems only to apply to those that receive the "Ethics and Professionalism Grant".)
  • For those considering academic careers, please note that original research publications are key.  Publication in a journal with a high Impact factor is more valuable for promotion.
  • The impact factors below are in some cases self reported by the journal in question!
Radiology RSNA6.339
Academic RadiologyAUR1.914
J Dig Imaging

  • Medical illustrator: Jill Gregory: http://www.jillkgregory.com/. Associated w/ Mount Sinai as of 2018 

Research deadlines

This is only a small selection of the top Radiology conferences:
General Radiology



Abstracts due April 15, 2019

Conference Day: December 1-6, 2019

Location: Chicago, Illinois

-AUR Annual Meeting


Theme: Systems Thinking and Population Health in Radiology

Abstract application opens mid-Oct 2019

Conference Day: April 21-24, 2020

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

-Mt. Sinai IME Education Research Day


Abstract application opens Dec 2019

Presentation day TBD sometime in April/June 2020


Society of Breast Imaging


Abstract Due: November

Conference Day: April 16-19, 2020

Location: Denver, Colorado

Neuroradiology -



Abstract opens: Sept/Oct

Conference Day: May 30-June 04, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada



Travel grant (up to $2000): http://theassr.org/news/wfnrs-grant-apply/

Registration: approx $345

Conference Day: February 12-16, 2020

Location: Dana Point, CA


-Society of Thoracic Radiology


Abstracts due: October 2019

Conference Day: March 8-11, 2020

Location: Indian Wells/Palm Springs, CA 


-Society of CT and MR


Abstracts due: May 2019

Conference Day: October 19-23, 2019 in Denver Colorado; October 1-14, 2020 in New Orleans


Interventional Radiology



Abstracts due: Oct 6 2019

Conference Day: Jan 22-25, 2020

Location: Hollywood, Florida



Abstracts due: Sept 2019

Conference Day: March 28-April 2, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington

Quality Improvement/Policy/Economics


Abstracts due: Dec 2019

Conference Day: May 16-20, 2020

Location: Washington DC

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