Rad Combinator is an initiative of our residency program to support residents in developing passions and non-interpretive skills that complement their radiology training. The initiative aims to support innovative ideas by residents to enrich their own education. Residents receive one half academic day a week to pursue a diverse range of activities, including:

  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Your own ideas!

Each Rad Combinator project should have clear goals and demonstratable milestones that residents will share every 6 months with the residency as they make progress.


To apply, submit a single page proposal outlining the proposed activity in the following format, with an emphasis on feasibililty of the idea and concreteness of the plan.

  • Name of applicant
  • Title of proposed project
  • Faculty mentor, who does not have to be affiliated with the radiology department
  • Goal of the project: 2-3 sentences MAX, focusing on what, how, and why, i.e. an elevator pitch. Distill not only what you are going to do, but why you feel it is impactful for your own career/wellness/Stanford/community/patients.
  • Background
  • Aims
  • Materials and Methods
  • Tangible outcomes/progress you will be able to present on every 6 months formatted as specific aims with listed tangibles below each aim. If you would like to make this a long-term project and already know this, you can make these aims for any time frame, but try to give a rough estimate of timing of deliverables, and try to break down projects so that you can show progress every 6 months.

Questions? Contact Wenhui Zhou, current lead.

Shout out to the founders Mary Ellen Koran and Spencer Couturier.

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