Charles E. Kahn, Jr., MD, MS, Chair
Ruth Carlos, MD
Mauricio Castillo, MD
Phillip Costello, MD
Bernard F. King, Jr., MD
Melissa Rosado de Christenson, MD
Srini Tridandapani, MD

ARRS Leonard Berlin Scholarship in Medical Professionalism

2018 Recipient – Brandon P. Brown, MD, MA, FAAP
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health; Indiana University School of Medicine

The Berlin Scholarship is an award that provide one radiologist per year the opportunity to develop expertise in medical competencies, such as medical ethics, quality improvement, and more.

About the Scholarship

The ARRS Leonard Berlin Scholarship is named in honor of Leonard Berlin, MD of Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, IL. Dr. Berlin is a recognized leader in various aspects of medical professionalism as they affect the field of radiology. The scholarship is funded through The Roentgen Fund® of the ARRS and made possible in part by support from Dr. Berlin.   

The Leonard Berlin Scholarship in Medical Professionalism is intended to support study and research related to medical ethics, medico-legal principles, patient accountability, sensitivity to patient diversity, and/or other topics encompassing medical professionalism.

The scholarship may be used for study at or outside the scholar’s parent institution, and is open to radiologists at all stages of their careers.

The ARRS Roentgen Fund Board of Trustees may select up to one $100,000 award annually. The Scholar may choose a one-year program requiring a minimum 50 percent time commitment, or a two-year program requiring a minimum 25 percent time commitment. Up to $20,000 of the funds may be used in a way that will contribute to the scholar’s development and professional advancement, such as tuition and course materials, with the remainder to be used towards salary support and scholarship related travel costs (meeting registration, airfare, hotel accommodation).

The scholarship funds will be paid to the Scholar’s Department. Payments will be made semi-annually on July 1 and January 1 for one-year scholarships, and annually on July 1 for two-year scholarships.

General Qualifications

  • Earned MD or DO from an accredited institution, or equivalent.
  • Completion of a radiology residency, and fellowship training where appropriate, or the equivalent.
  • Certification by the American Board of Radiology or equivalent.
  • The candidate must be a member of the ARRS at the time the application is submitted and for the duration of the award.

Selection Criteria

Selection of the ARRS scholar will be based on:

  • The competence and promise of the candidate in research, education or administration as it relates to medical professionalism,
  • Evidence of an environment that is conducive to professional development, and
  • Personal qualities of the candidate that indicate that the candidate has the interest and potential to be a leader in the area of medical professionalism.

Nomination Procedure

All candidates will submit the required documents as e-mail attachments to scholarships@arrs.org. The annual deadline occurs in December. Selected applicants will be invited to speak with the ARRS Research Committee to discuss their application. Interviews are held in January-February. The candidates will be notified of funding shortly after the interview. The new scholar will be announced at the ARRS annual meeting, and is required to be present for the announcement at the opening ceremonies.

Submission Procedure

The application deadline for the 2018 scholarship has passed. Interviews will be held in January-February 2018. A call for applications for the 2019 scholarship will be announced later in 2018. 

Applicants must submit the following materials. The entire application (excluding the CV) should not exceed 20 pages.

  1. The candidates will submit the required documents as e-mail attachments to scholarships@arrs.org
  2. A cover letter from the applicant stating his or her address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address, for use by the ARRS administrative office
  3. A curriculum vitae including details of any other current or pending salary support
  4. A three-page summary of the applicant's qualifications, goals and purpose of study
  5. A description of course-work that will be undertaken
  6. A listing of mentors, as appropriate to the proposal, and their contributions to the proposal
  7. A letter of nomination from the Department Chair, or when applicable, the Radiology Group Director, and two additional letters of recommendation
  8. An estimated budget covering the scholar's program over the one- or two-year period. A simple balance sheet should include estimated yearly income from all sources including the budget of the institution or outside agencies and estimated expenditures for salary, travel and other expenses. 

Conditions and Responsibilities

The cooperating institution is expected to assume the same full responsibility for the detailed administration of the scholarship for the ARRS/Berlin scholar as for any other member of the faculty supported totally within its own budget.

Title and rank: The title “ARRS/Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Scholar”, if used, should only supplement the scholar's regular faculty title and rank.

Salary: The salary of the ARRS/Berlin Scholar as well as all other budgetary matters will be determined by the cooperating institution. Indirect costs will not be paid.

Payments: Will be made to the cooperating institution semi-annually on July 1 and January 1 for one-year scholarships, and annually on July 1 for two-year scholarships.

Publicity: ARRS reserves the right to use information submitted in the application including the recipient’s name, photo, institution, project title and abstract in marketing and promotional materials.

Interim Report: Scholars will be required to submit an interim report electronically (MS-Word) to the chair of ARRS Research Committee and CC it to scholarships@arrs.org by April 1 of the year after the scholar is named. The interim report should include summary of the progress achieved, significant changes to the original proposal, expenditures and indicate any delays or issues.

Final Report: Scholars will be required to submit a final report electronically (MS-Word) to the chair of ARRS Research Committee and CC it to scholarships@arrs.org by August 1 of the year the scholarship is completed. In addition, upon completion scholars will be required to present their project at the ARRS annual meeting.

Berlin scholars are also required to participate as an ARRS annual meeting instructional course faculty member, providing a course on medical professionalism, author an article for submission to the AJR, and/or provide a similar product or service, to be mutually agreed upon by the scholar and the ARRS Research Committee at the end of the scholarship period, with the content designed to educate others in medical professionalism.

Publications: Scientific and educational manuscripts resulting from the grant must be submitted first to AJR to be considered for publication (right of first refusal). Authors who wish to bypass the right of first refusal process must receive written permission from ARRS. “ARRS/Leonard Berlin Medical Professionalism Scholar” should be added to any publications that are a direct result of the scholarship proposal or prepared during the course of the scholarship. A reprint of any publications of work in which the scholar is involved should be sent to the ARRS Research Committee.

Limitations and Terminations

The ARRS scholarship is not intended for investigators seeking support for a specific research project or as seed money for research. The money may not be spent for the purchase of equipment. Indirect costs may not be paid from this fund.

Termination of scholarship: Circumstances may arise in which the institution or the ARRS scholar may wish to bring the grant to an end before the completion of the study. This may be arranged at any time by agreement between the sponsoring department of radiology, the scholar, and ARRS. Termination will be made with the understanding that all unexpended funds will be returned to the ARRS and that all unpaid balances of the scholarship will be canceled.

Transfer of scholarship: Requests for transfer of scholarships from one institution to another will be considered individually on their merits by the ARRS Research Subcommittee and special members appointed to implement the scholarships.