Curriculum - Diagnostic Radiology Residency
The program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Radiology. All residents must complete a clinical internship prior to beginning this program.
Our Diagnostic Radiology residency program was approved by the ACGME to be designated as Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR). That means that as IR fellowships phase out over the next few years and DR residents need to apply to independent IR residencies (equivalent to today’s fellowships), residents from our program will be able to complete their IR requirements in one year of IR residency instead of two. As of July, 2016, we are one of only 27 DR programs nationwide with this distinction.
Four years of diagnostic radiology training are then required. Annual appointments beginning each July 1 are renewable yearly upon satisfactory performance and progress during the previous year.
In any given year, a variable number of fellows in different subspecialties are in training in the department. Care is taken to be certain that fellows do not supplant residents for faculty time or case material.
All aspects of imaging physics are taught on a continuing basis and comprehensively reviewed in the year in which the resident is to take the American Board of Radiology Exam.
Radiology residents have night call duty and remain in the hospital overnight, with 24-hour in-house attending oversight. Independent resident in-house call begins in July of the second year, with an average of five 2-week blocks. Weekends are covered on a rotating basis. A second resident covering angiography and special procedures also remains in the hospital overnight. Call residents are relieved of duty the following work day. Faculty and fellows also maintain call schedules in general radiology, special procedure areas, and nuclear medicine. The total working hours for residency, resident call, and authorized moonlighting are not allowed to exceed 80 working hours per week. Unauthorized moonlighting is prohibited.
Two daily resident conferences are held, one at 7:30 am and the other at 12:30 pm. The morning conference is dedicated to didactic lectures given by the subspecialty faculty. During the first month of the academic year, faculty members give introductory lectures targeted to the first year residents. Later on, the lectures are organized around a core resident learning curriculum. The format of the daily 12:30 pm conferences is varied but, in general, is more focused on case-based conferences, with some presentations by faculty and others by residents. Discussion of unknown cases by residents is emphasized. At the end of the academic year, the noon lectures are focused on pre call preparation for the rising second year residents before they start taking in house call. A total of 12 Departmental grand rounds are held between August and June, featuring presentations by nationally prominent clinicians and scientists in our visiting professor grand rounds program.
Weekly interdepartmental conferences are held in each of the imaging subspecialties, allowing resident attendance when rotating through the corresponding subspecialty.
Special conferences in the Department of Radiology include Journal Conference, Quality Academy, Economics Academy, and Research Academy, among others. Our monthly Journal Conference (journal club) is moderated by Dr. William Olmsted, who served for 22 years as the Editor of RadioGraphics, the most prestigious journal in the field of radiology dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed educational material. Quality Academy every other month is dedicated to presentation and discussion of quality methodologies and quality initiatives within the department and throughout the medical center. Economics Academy every other month utilizes our outstanding staff and administrative resources to present timely information on economic issues. Research Academy every other month is one part of our Enhanced Research Experience Program designed to facilitate resident research
Residents are evaluated by the faculty at the end of each rotation. A compilation of these evaluations is supplied to the residents during personal semiannual meetings with the program director. Residents are required to take the American College of Radiology In-Training Exam yearly. Anonymous written evaluation of the program and the faculty is solicited from the residents semiannually
For more information about the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine or to contact one of our radiologists, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).