Charles E. Kahn, Jr., MD, Chair
Mauricio Castillo, MD
Jonathan S. Lewin, MD
Melissa Rosado de Christenson, MD
Srini Tridandapani, MD
Achala Vagal, MD






2015 Recipient - Marc H. Willis, DO Baylor College 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 • Qualifications • Selection Criteria •

Submission Procedure • Reporting • Limitations •


The scholarship is funded through The Roentgen Fund of the ARRS and made possible in part by support from Dr. Leonard 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 Research Committee may select up to one scholar annually. Scholars may choose either a one-year program requiring a minimum 50 percent time commitment to be funded at $100,000, or a two-year program requiring a minimum 25 percent time commitment to be funded at $50,000 each year. 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.

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. 

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 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.

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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.

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Nomination Procedure
All candidates will submit the required documents as e-mail attachments to nkhaliq@arrs.org. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 16, 2015. Selected applicants will be invited to meet with the ARRS Research Subcommittee and ARRS officers to discuss their application. Interviews will be held in January, 2016. The candidates will be notified of funding shortly after the interview date. The new scholar will be announced at the annual meeting of the ARRS, and is expected to be present for the announcement at the Scholars and Awards session.

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Submission Procedure 

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 16, 2015. 

Interviews will be held in January 2016. 

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 nkhaliq@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. 


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  1. Final Report: All scholars will be required to participate as an ARRS Annual Meeting instructional course faculty member, providing a course on medical professionalism, author an article for publication in the American Journal of Roentgenology, 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 of designed to educate others in medical professionalism.
  2. Formal acknowledgment for publications: “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 Roentgen Fund.
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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.


The ARRS/Leonard Berlin Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Leonard Berlin 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.   


For additional information please email nkhaliq@arrs.org

Record of Previous ARRS Berlin Scholarship Recipients