How To Be An Academic Radiologist (HTBAR) is unique career-development seminar series curated to help our first- year residents discover and plan for career pathways that best fit their goals and passions. The two-week course is highly anticipated by the residents each year and has become a Penn Radiology legacy for over 10 years.

HTBAR group lecture in conference room 2020 over head view

HTBAR R1 group photo 2021

The HTBAR course is all about enhancing residents understanding of all aspects of radiology. From academics and research to business and operations, the program sets up R1 residents for success by getting an early look at how radiology works. This skill set allows them to direct their careers, interests, and research efforts in a meaningful direction.

Lectures are interactive, resident-centric, and resident-driven. Each year, HTBAR is fine-tuned by the residents to include new interests and engaging, dynamic lectures. The curriculum is broad, including pressing topics in the field such as artificial intelligence, leadership, finance, medical malpractice, entrepreneurship, innovation, advocacy, and global health. The R1 residents themselves are part of the lecture program by giving interesting case conference and research presentations to each other.

HTBAR virtual lecture screen 2021
Learning how to navigate a complex practice landscape from Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, Penn Interventional Radiology alumnus and Wharton professor, was one of many highlights of the course.


Greg Mittl, MD, MBA, lecturing at Pendergrass Symposium, Penn Medicine 2019


As an R1 resident, Greg Mittl, MD, MBA, researched new Pennsylvania state legislation pertaining to radiology:

"For my spring HTBAR research project, I designed a survey to assess patient understanding of Pennsylvania Act 112, a new PA law that mandates patient notification if a significant abnormality exists on imaging. Incorporating feedback I received during HTBAR, I went on to present my research findings at the annual department wide research symposium, Pendergrass Day, at the Pennsylvania Radiological Society annual meeting and RSNA 2019! This experience greatly benefited my professional development and introduced me to mentors in the field."


First-year class with HTBAR invited guest speaker, Dr. Richard Duszak, Professor and Vice Chair for Health Policy and Practice in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University
Richard Duzak, MD imparted us with his unique perspective and background in both private practice and academic radiology, highlighting business in radiology and the malpractice atmosphere. (2017)


HTBAR 2019 Class with Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer at Penn MedicineRoy Rosin is a cornerstone of the course and a perennial crowd favorite. He works on campus at the Penn Innovation Center, equipped with his prior ground-breaking Silicon Valley work in technology. Roy charged the residents with being an innovator and turning conventional thinking on its head. (2019)


HTBAR group lecture in conference room 2020
Taking advantage of a small group setting, lectures are designed to be interactive and engaging. Residents become an even more tight-knit group through the process.


HTBAR group session: strength finders - 2020
Residents participate in a “strength-finders” session, geared toward learning foundations of leadership and effective executive teams. This exercise helps each R1 to identify strong personality traits and how they can fit together to work better as a team.


A wide variety of projects from lab bench to quality improvement are presented by the residents during the week, showing the different interests of each unique class. Resident presentations allow development of skills in a relaxed atmosphere while demonstrating interesting concepts and research occurring at Penn Medicine.

HTBAR imaging project slides 2020

HTBAR program member presentation 2020


HTBAR program members group photo 2020
The HTBAR course sets early radiology trainees down the path to success in any aspect of radiology practice.

HTBAR Co-Directors

Penn Radiology Resident Hena Cheema

Hena Cheema, MD
Class of 2023

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Hossein Nejadnik, MD

Hossein Nejadnik, MD
Class of 2024

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Douglas Roberts-Wolfe, MD, PhD

Douglas Roberts-Wolfe, MD
Class of 2024

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Penn Radiology Resident David Tischfield

David Tischfield, MD
Class of 2023

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HTBAR 2021 Course Schedule

This course schedule demonstrates the spread of topics that will help residents further their career and research interests.







Advocacy, Risk Management, & Entrepreneurship

Leadership Mentorship Inventorship

Practice Models & Finding Personal Strengths

Economics & Innovation

Fellow Panel & Research Presentations

7:30 am

Econ: "Comparing and Contrasting New Practice Models In Radiology"
(Bob Mittl)
(7:30 - 8:15 am)

Merritt Hawkins

(7:30 - 8:15 am)

"High-level Leadership"

(Kevin Mahoney CEO)
(7:30 - 8:15 am)

Econ: Quality and Performance Measurement in Healthcare

(7:30 - 8:15 am)

Duszak Talk "Generalist vs Subspecialist, Non-Physician in the Reading Room"

(7:30 - 9:00 am)

8:15 am

Radiology Lobbying (Burnes)
(8:15 - 9:00 am)

Econ: A Primer on Negotiation

(Judy Yee, with R4 volunteer mock negotiator Raghav)
(8:15 - 9:00 am)

Private Practice in Radiology: The Kaiser Permanante Model

(8:15 - 9:00 am)

Econ: Comparing and Contrasting New Practice Models in Radiology in an Era of Consolidation

(S Shah - RadPartners)
(8:15 - 9:00 am)

9:00 am






9:15 am

(9:15 - 10:00 am)

Mentorship & Sponsorship

(Judy Yee)
(9:15 - 10:00 am)

Kaiser Q&A
(9:15 - 10:00 am)

Innovation at Penn (Rosin)
(9:30 - 11:30 am)

Resident Research Presentations



(9:30 am - Noon)

10:00 am

Experience with Malpractice
(Conant & Nepps)
(10:00 - 11 am)

Private Practice: Neuroradiology & MSK (+Extenders in Private Practice) (Pomeranz)
(10:15 - 11 am)

Career Pathway
(10:15 - 11 am)

11:00 am

Risk Management, Malpractice
(11:00 am - Noon)

Early Lunch
(11:15 am - Noon)

(11:00 am – Noon)

11:30 am

(11:30 am - 1:00 pm)


(Noon - 1:00 pm)

Grands Rounds CT Colonoscopy
(Judy Yee)
(Noon - 1:00 pm)

Entrepreneurship (Boonn)

(Noon - 1:00 pm)

Fellows Panel
Steph Wu (Neuro, PP NC)
Dan Lee (Body, PP)
Mallory Schlesinger (Body, HY Northwell)
Sarim Baig (MSK, HY)
Vlasios (IR, AC)
Daniel Poliak (Body, PP Mainline)

(12:30 - 1:30 pm)

12:30 pm

1:00 pm

Penn Alum - Local Private Practice Journey
(Raj Agarwal)

(1:30 - 2:15 pm)

Careers in Informatics

(Howard Chen @ Cleveland Clinic)
(1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Penn Medicine Academy Strengths Finder

(1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Radiologist in Industry

(Jeff Solomon - President of Infiniti Medical Corp.)
(1:00 - 2:00 pm)

2:00 pm

Chief Check-In

(Taylor & Celia)
(1:30 - 2:00 pm)

2:30 pm

Penn Alum Experience - Practicing in Hawaii (Chuck Weber)
(2:15 - 3:00 pm)

How to Succeed in Academia and as a Mentor


(2:00 - 3:00 pm)

Wellness & Creativity (Summerton)
(2:00 - 3:00 pm)

Radiology E-Consult Service, Future of
Clinical Engagement
in Radiology
(2:00 - 2:45 pm)

Mary Check-In

(2 - 2:30 pm)

3:00 pm

Final Feedback for HTBAR 2

(2:30 - 3:00 pm)

3:30 pm


Mentorship Feedback


(3:00 - 4:00 pm)

Pursuing Health Equity in Academic Radiology

(Efren Flores)

(3:00 - 4:00 pm)

Happy Hour (Outdoors)

4:30 pm - First years
5:30 pm - Open to anyone else

4:00 pm

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HTBAR Distinguished Speakers

During each HTBAR week, leadership figures from academia and industry are invited to spend the day with HTBAR participants and deliver grand rounds to the department. In addition to grand rounds, speakers deliver content-relevant talks to the entire residency during morning lecture, followed by small group one-on-one sessions with HTBAR participants. During these sessions, residents discuss an array of topics with the invited speaker, ranging from career advancement to controversial topics in the field of radiology. A complete list of these prior invited speakers is included here. A few of our most recent distinguished speakers have been Dr. Ruth Carlos, Dr. Judy Yee, and Dr. Richard Duszak.

HTBAR Distinguished Speakers 2008-2021


Ruth Carlos, MD, MS, FACR -  Health Service and Financial Outcomes
Judy Yee, MD, FACR  - CT Colonography


Rich Duszak, MD - Health Policy
Pamela Johnson, MD, FACR  - Quality and Safety/High Value Care


Peter Moskowitz, MD  - Wellness/Burnout
Andrew Rosenkrantz, MD  - MACRA


Petra Lewis, MBBS -  Education
Bradley Erickson, MD, PhD  - Informatics (Machine learning, AI)

2017 - 10th Annual

Kristen DeStigter, MD  - Global Health
Carolyn Meltzer, MD, FACR  - Leadership / Bias


Reed Omary, MD - Interventional Radiology (IR)
Eliot Siegel, MD - Informatics


David Piwnica-Worms, MD, PhD - Nuclear Medicine / Molecular Imaging
Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR - Economics


Paul Chang, MD - Informatics
Richard Wahl, MD - Nuclear Medicine


Jonathan Kruskal, MD - Quality and Safety
Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD - MRI

2012 - 5th Annual

Daniel Mollura, MD - Global Health
Robert J. Min, MD - IR Leadership


Robert Grossman, MD - Leadership
Norman Beauchamp, MD, MHS - Leadership


Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD - Leadership
Ramin Khorasini, MD, MPH - Informatics


Jannette Collins, MD, MEd, FACR - Effective Teaching
Martin Pomper, MD, PhD - Molecular imaging

2008 - First Annual

Bev Woods, MD - Education / Teaching Learning Principles
Jeffrey Jarvick, MD, MPH - Health Service Outcomes
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