The American College of Radiology, Reston, Va, is launching the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP). The new radiology-pathology training program will fill the gap left by the imminent closure of the Air Force Institute of Pathology (AFIP), which serves 310 residency programs.

Starting in January of 2011, the new AIRP entity will provide a four-week radiologic-pathology correlation course—a requirement by radiology residency programs. Residents have traditionally fulfilled these requirements through the Air Force’s program, but with the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in a few months, the U.S. military has shut off the AFIP, which has been based at Walter Reed since its inception.

John A. Patti, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors, commented in the announcement, “The AIRP course will allow radiology residents to continue their training without interruption in what could have been an uncertain time regarding radiologic pathology training nationwide.”

The first four-week session is scheduled January 24, 2011 at the Silver Spring, Md, learning center. It includes 200 hours of hands-on instruction and review of radiologic imaging with pathologic correlation. Topics include gastrointestinal radiology, genitourinary radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, cardiovascular radiology, breast imaging, and thoracic radiology.

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(Source: Press Release)