AOCR Residency Research Requirements

    All research projects are strongly advised to meet one of the following criteria:
    • A single case presentation of a first reported case or other unusual manifestations of a disease which will add to the medical literature, which must include review of the literature and discussion (acceptable only if of publishable quality). Resident is required to have an expert in the field review prior to submission to the Scientific Exhibit Committee for Approval.
    • A report of an original clinical research study approved by the institutional review board.
    • Set of case presentations and discussion, which challenges existing concepts of diagnosis or treatment and thus recommends further investigation.

    Research projects should have a sound, scientific methodology that clearly presents its results and conclusions. It is important to demonstrate the reproducibility of the findings. The research project should contribute or make a difference in the field of radiology.

    The methods and materials section should specify exact figures regarding the study population and the method of sample collection.

    The results and conclusion should draw on the clinical significance of the study and directly follow the research goals given in the hypothesis.

    Where applicable, IRB approval should be noted in the abstract and poster.

    Scientific exhibits will be accepted in two forms:
    • Poster type exhibit should be printed and mounted on the poster board (or light cardboard) of dimensions of 4’H x 8’W (outside measurements including frame).
    • Multi-media electronic exhibit. The resident must be aware that he/she is solely responsible for providing electronic media equipment (computer, monitor). College takes no responsibility for safety of such equipment.

    Abstracts or Single Case Presentation Approval Forms must be submitted by the due date as stated for the two categories. The full text of the exhibit as well as a 75-100-word summary is due 5 weeks prior to the Annual Convention and must be submitted on the AOCR Exhibitor Form. Exhibitor Forms that are past the due date will be assessed a penalty as follows: 1-6 days = $250; 7-13 days = $350; 14-20 days = $450; 21-27 days = $550. If Exhibitor Forms and fees are not received within 27 days of the due date, the exhibit will not be allowed to be displayed at the Annual Meeting that year.
    Within the first year of residency training, the resident should submit a written proposal to the program director for review and approval. By the beginning of the second year of training the resident should start evaluating the data and preparing an abstract. All projects must be performed and prepared under the supervision of the program director or another physician approved by the program director. Choose research that asks meaningful scientific questions and maintains the importance of reporting positive results. Select a topic in which you will be able to gather sufficient amount of data. A review of the literature will not be accepted.

    First author must be the resident who submitted the poster for residency credit; however, all attending physicians who mentored the project should also be listed as authors. Although more than one resident may participate in the project, only ONE resident may receive credit to fulfill the residency research requirement. The poster presentation must include radiographic images.

    A resident must present a scientific exhibit no later than the Annual Meeting of the resident’s third year of training to fulfill the residency training requirement. The exhibit must be displayed and judged at an Annual Meeting of the College.

    Research projects of a single case presentation must meet one of the following criteria: (1) first report of a case; (2) unusual manifestation of a disease which will add to medical literature; or (3) a change in the method of diagnosis and/or therapy. Single case presentations are due January 15 of a resident’s second year of training. The Single Case Presentation Approval Form can be found on the AOCR website at

    Abstracts for all other research projects are due May 15 of a resident’s second year of training. Abstracts must be submitted in scientific format, i.e., Objectives, Methods, Preliminary Results, and Preliminary Conclusion. The length of an abstract should not exceed 250 words. The Abstract Submission Form can be found on the AOCR website at

    Do not include photographs, references or acknowledgements in the abstract, but include preliminary data on 5-10 patients. All abstracts must be signed by the program director indicating his/her review and approval prior to submission to the AOCR. If your study is not complete by the time an abstract is due, submit a sample of the data and indicate that the abstract represents preliminary findings.

    The Scientific Exhibits Committee will review your abstract and accept or reject it. If your abstract is rejected, you will be given comments for revision and your revised abstract is due September 1.

    After abstract has been accepted, begin planning layout of the exhibit. Most academic institutions have medical (graphic) arts departments that will help you immensely at this stage. Do not overcrowd the exhibit with data. The point should be clear within 5 minutes of viewing. Select best illustrative cases with high quality images. There is no need to show all cases. Graphic summaries of data can also be included. Professional illustrations and drawings add appeal to an exhibit but be sure to give credit where due. Include a few recent references on the topic of interest.

    Exhibits will be evaluated at the Annual Meeting and must meet minimal criteria established by the committee as listed on the Evaluation Form. An exhibit must score 70 or above to fulfill the residency training requirement.

    Exhibits must be fully set up during all exhibit hours or credit will not be received. Prepare to attend the Annual Meeting and answer questions of the attendees at a time designated by the AOCR. Attendance fee is waived for the residents, but be prepared to cover own expenses. Inquire at least 2 months in advance, if your OSUMC program/ Osteopathic Founders Foundation will provide funding. If you are unable to attend, delegate a co-author, mentor, or a colleague familiar with your work.

    Cash awards and plaques will be presented to the first, second and third place winners in this category.
    Abstracts of the exhibits are due September 1 prior to the Annual Convention. Abstracts must be submitted in scientific format, i.e., Objectives, Methods, Preliminary Results, and Preliminary Conclusion. The length of an abstract should not exceed 250 words. The Abstract Submission Form can be found on the AOCR website at

    Exhibits must be fully set up during all exhibit hours. Prepare to attend the Annual Meeting and answer questions of the attendees at a time designated by the AOCR.

    A plaque will be presented to the first place winner in this category.

    Basic Exhibit construction (5)
    All expected components should be present, clearly laid out, and easy to follow. The background should be unobtrusive. The figures and tables should be appropriate and labeled correctly. The title of the exhibit, authors and institution affiliation(s) should be clearly displayed at the top of the poster.

    Image quality (10)
    The radiographic images should be clear and adhere to CMS regulations regarding the confidentially of the patient.

    Quality of printed materials (5)
    The text should be concise, legible, and free of spelling or typographical errors.

    Orderly presentation of material (10)
    The sequence of information should be evident.


    Selection of included illustrative material according to importance of the topic (15)
    The main goal of the project should be represented by radiographic images with or without graphs/charts.

    Exhibit space assignment according to importance of the topic (10)
    The major elements of the research project should be obvious to the viewer within the first few seconds of viewing the exhibit.


    Clarity of description (10)
    Objective/Hypothesis should be logical and presented clearly. Background information should be relevant and summarized well. Connections to previous literature and broader issues should be clearly stated. The goal of the project should be stated clearly and concisely and show clear relevance beyond project.

    Methods should be thoroughly explained including why particular methods were chosen. Clear discussion of controls or comparative groups; all appropriate controls or comparative groups should be included.
    Results should include substantial amount of statistically significant and reproducible data sufficient to address the hypothesis. Presentation of data should be clear, thorough, and logical.

    Conclusions should be reasonable and strongly supported with evidence. Conclusions should be compared to hypothesis and their relevance in wider context should be discussed.

    Inclusion of current references (bibliography) (10)
    All references should be listed in chronological order with appropriate cross-reference notations.


    Originality (10)
    The basis of the hypothesis should originate from the author and not replicate information that has already been documented.

    Current relevance (5)
    The data presented should be relevant to radiology issues today.

    Clinical significance (10)
    The results should contribute to the practice of radiology.

OSUMC Resident Exhibits


Resources for Research

The Clin-IQ (Clinical Inquiries) Process
Clin-IQ (Clinical Inquiries) is a process that makes it both possible and mutually beneficial for residents, faculty and community clinicians to identify, ask and answer clinical questions through the evidence-based assessment of the published research literature.

1. The Clin-IQ process helps  residency programs comply with ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC) requirements for resident and faculty involvement in scholarly activity as described in the following RRC program requirements:

  • residents should participate in scholarly activities;
  • residency faculty should encourage and support residents in scholarly activities;
  • residency programs must have a curriculum that advances residents’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care;
  • residency faculty must establish and maintain an environment of inquiry and scholarship with an active research component, and
  • the sponsoring institution and program should allocate resources to facilitate resident involvement in scholarly activities.

2. It also creates a critically important link between academia and community practitioners that can inform both education and research.


Specific Clin-IQ Goals, Objectives and Evaluation Strategies


Clin-IQ Process - The Basics

Specific goals of the Clin-IQ process are to

1.   Involve residents in clinically relevant, scholarly research

2.   Develop a collaborative learning community between residents, faculty and interested community clinicians.
3.   Create opportunities for presentation and publication of scholarly research.
4.   Meet ACGME requirements for resident research.
5.   Establish a database of clinically relevant research questions.

Upon completion of the Clin-IQ Process, residents will be able to:

1.   Recognize and construct well-formulated, clinically relevant questions.

2.   Access appropriate literature of the highest level of evidence relevant to a clinical question.
3.   Interpret the results from published literature.
4.   Appraise the validity and strength of evidence of the literature selected.
5.   Summarize the results for an audience of their peers, faculty mentors, and community clinicians.
6.   Synthesize the literature in a written document.
7.   Follow instructions for authors for scholarly writing.
8.   Produce a publication ready document of their findings.

Evaluation of Clin-IQ projects

1. Each document is peer-reviewed and revised as indicated.

2. Faculty mentors review the document for accuracy, completeness and readiness for publication; residents revise as indicated.
3. A Clin-IQ residency scholarly activities director reviews and designates the document for publication.
4. If submitted for publication, Clin-IQs undergo peer review.

Measureable Outcomes

1. Increased numbers of resident and faculty scholarly publications and presentations and posters.

2. Closer ties between academic faculty and community practitioners unique to each discipline (e.g. more collaboration around professional meetings, development of practice-based research networks, etc.).

For more information, contact Laine McCarthy, Clin-IQ Coordinator (, 405/271-8000-1-32206)


Resident Updated Scholarly Activity


Donald von Borstel (graduated)
Electronic Publication: ACR Case in Point; Suprapatellar impingement syndrome; 8/20/2013
Electronic Publication: ACR Case in Point; Benign enlargement of the subarachnoid space; 8/30/2013
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; Can Osteoporosis or Osteopenia be confidently suggested by femoral neck HU on CT?; 7/2013 & 4/2014
Lecture: Introduction to Radiographic Interpretation; OSUCHS Medical Students; 10/2013
Kyle Flowers (graduated)
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; Modifying CT acquisition parameter with a split dose contrast bolus compared with multiphase CT technique: Is there a significant dose reduction?; 4/2014
Katherine Rankin
National Committee: Committee on Evaluation and Educational Standards (E2S) for the AOCR
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; Does upright MRI of the lumbar spine accentuate DDD identified on supine imaging?
Justin Becker
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; Does Upright MRI of the Cervical Spine Accentuate Degenerative Disc Disease Seen on Supine MRI?; 4/2016
Adam Foster
Lecture: Introduction to Radiographic Interpretation; OSUCHS Medical Students; 7/2013
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; Do Low Hounsfield Unit Measurements of T9 on a CT Chest Correlate with Low T-scores on DEXA scans?; 4/2016
Brian Do
Electronic Publication; ACR Case in Point; Cerebral venous air embolism; 6/2015
Electronic Exhibit: AOCR Conference; New Adjacent Vertebral Body Fracture Following Kyphoplasty; 4/2016
Kyle Summers
Electronic Publication; ACR Case in Point; Cerebral venous air embolism; 6/2015
Rebecca Dennis
Scholarly Activity not yet logged
Anna Ward
Scholarly Activity not yet logged
Brandon Mason
Electronic Publication; ACR Case in Point; Metallic foreign body pulmonary embolization from a retained needle in the right radial vein status/post migration; 1/1/2016
Nick Strle
Scholarly Activity not yet logged
Jeff Lee
Scholarly Activity not yet logged
Cameron Smith
Scholarly Activity not yet logged

Faculty Updated Scholarly Activity