ACR launches new radiologic pathology course
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has launched the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), which will provide a four-week radiologic-pathology correlation course, given five times per year, beginning in January 2011.

The new AIRP course aims to fulfill requirements for more than 310 residency programs previously satisfied by the radiologic-pathology correlation course given at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C.

As the Department of Defense is closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the AFIP course is held, the college said that the AFIP course will not be continued after its September 2010 offering. The new AIRP course allows radiology residents to receive radiologic pathology training uninterrupted by the closure of AFIP.

The first four-week session of the new ACR course will begin Jan. 24, 2011, in an education and cultural center in Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., approximately two miles from the present AFIP site.

The course is a review of radiologic imaging with pathologic correlation providing more than 200 hours of didactic instruction and case seminars. The course is organized into eight separate sections: gastrointestinal radiology, genitourinary radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, cardiovascular radiology, breast imaging and thoracic radiology, and is taught by radiology faculty and numerous visiting professors.