Difficult Conversations in Radiology

Workshop Dates

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:45 AM - 3:30 PM  EST


Boston Children's Hospital radiology staff and Clinicians: Complimentary (registration required)

Non-Boston Children's staff and clinicians: $350.00 

The registration button will take you to Boston Children's Hospital - Department of Medical Education site.


Radiologists face increasing expectations to communicate directly with patients, but few educational opportunities exist to help radiologists feel prepared and confident in their communication skills.  The specific skills required to effectively lead difficult conversations, while not taught in most radiology training programs, are key factors for the success and satisfaction of clinicians and patients alike. Moreover, they are essential to the successful transition to value-based, patient-centered care.  

This course, part of the Institute's Program to Enhance Relational and Communications Skills, will directly address clinician-patient communication and offer radiologists the opportunity to enhance their comfort and skills when having difficult conversations with patients about:

  • new, unexpected or difficult diagnoses
  • radiological errors
  • radiation safety

Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this activity for 5.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management

This activity is eligible for 2.75 risk management credits as proscribed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and defined in 243 CMR 2.06(5)(d) I.

Who Should Attend

The educational content of this course is designed to enhance the practice of radiology physicians, residents and fellows, physician assistants, nurses practitioners, nurses, technicians, and patient advocates.


Stephen A. Brown, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

David Browning, MSW, LICSW

Senior Scholar Emeritus
Psychosocial Faculty
Co-founder, IPEP

Michael J. Callahan, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School 

Workshop Co-facilitator