Jeffrey Kanne, MD, FACR, and Dushyant Sahani, MD, FACR, members of the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Education Center Advisory Committee, contributed this post.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of adoption of virtual technology in the education, collaboration, research and patient care environments. The ACR Education Center has also evolved to address the needs of participants and faculty seeking further education and training. We’re pleased to offer the ACR Education Center Virtual Micro-Courses.

The ACR Education Center normally brings practicing radiologists together with world-class faculty for three days of in-person courses for an intensive, case-based review of a radiology subspecialty area. With small student-to-faculty ratios, large DICOM cases libraries and personal access to faculty expertise, students can gain new interpretative skills to take back to their practices. In-person courses, however, are cancelled through March 31, 2021 out of concern for health and safety for course participants, faculty and staff.

Building on the innovation of the ACR Education Center, we’ve crafted the new Virtual Micro-Course offerings to deliver Education Center-quality learning from wherever one chooses during the pandemic. These offerings address the need for supporting virtual interaction and sustained learning — all at a lower cost.

The courses focus on a single subspecialty topic, such as liver imaging, idiopathic interstitial pneumonias or temporal bone. Attendees can access recorded lectures and full DICOM case libraries for seven days before the highlight of the course, a virtual two-hour case review with members of our world-class faculty. These case reviews provide learners with understanding of the nuances of and faculty approaches to cases in real-time, skills that cannot be easily taught from textbooks, didactic lectures and other static learning materials. Following live sessions, attendees can review the study materials for an additional 48 hours. Up to 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 4.0 SAM credits can be earned.

We hope that attendees will begin using their new skills after completing the courses and also recognize the educational value of these new offerings. The ACR Education Center Virtual Micro-Courses are an excellent opportunity for new students to see the effectiveness of faculty-mentored, case-based learning, and for returning previous in-person students to refresh and refine their skills.

  • Learn more about our Virtual Micro-Courses, and find out which offerings might be the best fit for you.

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