Research Track

The Emory Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences is renowned for its scientific accomplishments and strong leadership in translational and basic research including nuclear cardiology, radiopharmaceutical discovery, breast imaging, and functional MRI. Multidisciplinary research teams work in a highly collaborative environment with state-of-the-art resources. The Department's research programs are integrated and leverage strategic initiatives within Emory University and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center in neuroscience, transplantation, heart & vascular medicine, and oncology. We have strong relationships with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology (Biomedical Engineering), the Centers for Disease Control, many other Georgia-based academic and clinical partners, and industry.

The goal of our research track (RT) is to produce academic Radiologists with a significant component of research in their careers, by providing an outstanding clinical education and imaging research experience, as well as promoting skills needed for a career in academic radiology. Our RT residents have seen considerable success thus far with many receiving external grant funding including RSNA Research grants.  



We provide the opportunity for up to two residents per year to enter our research track.

Our program is inspired by but different from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Holman pathway ( A resident in our radiology residency training program could consider entering the Holman pathway, requiring approvals necessary to begin research time during the transitional internship year. The Emory Research Track permits up to 16 months of research time during the four years of the diagnostic radiology residency. Research track residents will be provided with 20% dedicated research time during their second through fourth years of the residency program. Additional protected research time (up to a maximum of 50% per year) is possible with external funding. Expectations are commensurate with the time spent in research and with the scope of the project and include generating publications, presentations at local and national scientific meetings and applying for seed grants or other funding opportunities targeting trainees. Research track residents will receive guidance to assist them in selecting an appropriate research mentor.

Residents on research electives are expected to participate in call duties and attend required conferences; should specific conflicts arise with the research program, these will be addressed by the Radiology Residency and Research Track Program Directors on an individual basis.

Extension of residency training to five years to accommodate a more intensive research program may be considered on an individual basis and will typically necessitate extramural funding.

Please note that the Resident's primary responsibility is to obtain superior clinical training in Radiology and if this is not proceeding appropriately, the ramifications may include (but are not limited to) loss of research electives and/or removal from the research track program.

Methodology and Mechanism for Applicants to the Program

•    Interested Residents must apply to the Research Track Residency Match number (number will be available in late September).

•    Applicants interested in the research track must, in addition to selecting the NRMP Match number for the Research Track, complete an additional application that will be reviewed by our Research Track Committee, along with the rest of the candidate's application file.

•    The Research Track Committee will select applicants to interview. Interviews for the research track will be held two or three times a month October through January of the interview season. The interview will be held on the afternoon after clinical interviews in the morning.

•    Deadline for research track applications in November 15th. The first 12 qualified applicants will be reimbursed for reasonable interview-related travel expenses up to $750.

•    At the research track interviews, candidates will be given a 10-minute opportunity to present their research to the Research Track Committee. They will then interview with committee members and go on tours of labs of interest.

•    It is possible to Match to the Diagnostic Radiology residency and not to the research track if a candidate selects both Match numbers. It may be possible to enter the research track program after starting the Diagnostic Residency Program on the clinical track; however, these opportunities are limited.



Year I
Research time 1-3 hours per week
Formal instruction plus homework
Year II
Research time up to 20%
Year III
Research time up to 20%
(up to 50% if funded)
Year IV
Research time up to 20%
(up to 50%l if funded)



  • Research Design
  • ROC analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Outcome and cost-effectiveness analysis

5 sessions

  • Human & animal subjects, conflict of interest etc




Join Research LAB
  • Submit grant application to specialty society or other funding mechanism.
  • Work with mentor on individually designed projects.

  • Abstracts, papers and awards: getting credit for your work
  • Manuscript preparation in radiology
  • Obtaining funding for research in radiology
  • Protocol preparation
  • Research methodologies in radiology
  • Mentorship

Continue Research

  • Submit/Resubmit grant application to specialty society or other funding mechanism.
  • Work with mentor on individually designed projects.


Research and Manuscript

  • Work on research project
  • Prepare and submit manuscript(s)



  • What to expect in an academic job
  • Negotiating an academic job
  • Clinical research curriculum vitae preparation
  • Building a career on research in radiology
  • Promotion in academic radiology
  • Teaching portfolio preparation
  • Career Development Grants


* * *Years I to IV – Radiology Grand Rounds - WEDNESDAYS – 7:30 – 8:30 AM* * *
* * *Years I to IV - Research in Progress Seminars (RIPS) - WEDNESDAYS – 2:30 – 3:30 PM* * *


•    Facilities (including but not limited to labs, classrooms and libraries)
•    Grand Rounds with research topics (approximately 25%)
•    Research in Progress Seminars (RIPS)
•    Journal Club
•    Visiting Professors in research
•    Emory Office of Sponsored Research
•    Emory Office for Clinical Research
•    Emory Office for Technology Transfer

Success Criteria

•    Obtaining funding for research (intramural/extramural)
•    Invitations to review manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals
•    Peer-reviewed published abstracts and/or journal articles
•    Research mentor evaluation
•    Selection for participation in research-related activities after competitive applications
•    Win awards for research


Applications to the Research Track should be emailed to: Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski (, co-Director for the Emory University Diagnostic Radiology Residency—Research Track. To apply for the Research Track, complete the Application Process and include the Research Track form. Please also email a current CV with your application.

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Deadline for submission of Research Track application and CV: October 31st.

Program Organization