Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Our radiology residency program is renowned for its superior educational and research components and for the friendly atmosphere in the radiology department. Our faculty includes 40 full-time subspecialty radiologists, many of them leaders in their field. Graduates of our program have excelled in both academic and private practice. Every resident completing our program has become board certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Carol Geer, MD , Program Director
Kimberly Mize, Residency Program Coordinator
Carol Geer, MD, Recruitment
Michael Zapadaka, DO, Recruitment
Carol Davis, Recruitment Program Coordinator
The American Board of Radiology requires a clinical year before entry into a diagnostic radiology residency program. Residents may complete the clinical year (PGY-1) in a non-radiology department at our Medical Center or elsewhere at any approved training program.
Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Program
The 4 years of the residency are spent in the traditional radiology curriculum, which offers a wide variety of instructional opportunities covering diagnosis of diseases that vary from the commonplace to the unique, with modalities and techniques ranging from the traditional to state-of the-art innovations. Two conferences are held each day to reinforce and refresh topics already covered during formal rotations. Regular conferences are scheduled in subspecialty areas for radiology residents and students in conjunction with other departments. In addition, formal annual courses in physics and radiobiology complete a well-rounded program of education. Although the schedule varies, the following rotation is typical.
Diagnostic Year I
Basic radiology is emphasized, covering the areas of thoracic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, pediatric, emergency room, and neuroradiology with computed tomography of the head.
Diagnostic Year II
New rotations, in addition to those continued from Year I, include nuclear medicine, ultrasonography, body computed tomography and breast imaging.
Diagnostic Year III
Rotations are scheduled in peripheral and visceral angiography, cardiac radiology, neuroangiography, obstetric ultrasound, body computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Washington, DC), a 6-week program that offers an unusual opportunity to study radiologic-pathologic correlation from the best collection of cases in existence.
Diagnostic Year IV
The year consists of several shorter refresher rotations, completion of the lengthier required rotations such as breast imaging and nuclear medicine, and some elective time.
One of the most appealing aspects of radiology is that it is dynamic and continuously expanding. The role of the radiologist in participating in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill or injuried patients has seen tremendous growth in recent years. Demand for radiologists after-hours has therefore significantly increased. The structure of our call system is therefore requisitely dynamic.
Our current overnight call system is based on graduated responsibility beginning in January of the first year of training and continues until December of the final year of residency, allowing a sufficient call-free period during the initial and final months of residency to prepare for basic call responsibilities and for completion of training, respectively. The current structure provides 3 graduated “tiers” of call coverage.
“Tier I” coverage responsibilities center on emergency room plain-film and neuro-CT interpretation.
Subsequent “Tier II” responsibilities focus on the interpretation of emergent chest, abdomen, and pelvis CT, as well as emergent sonography and nuclear medicine examinations.
The “Tier III” responsibilities are mostly limited to vascular interventional procedures and CT or MR angiography. We currently employ an in-house call frequency of one call every 10th night, with the post-call day off. Additionally, there are some attending-supervised weekend morning responsibilities throughout the first year of residency. All of the above activities are scheduled so as to fully comply with national duty hours limits.
Daily conferences are an important part of the schedule in the Department of Radiology. A teaching conference for residents each morning presents core material designed for the radiology residency program and ensures an in-depth study of each subspecialty area.
The proper interrelationships of the numerous imaging techniques are stressed. A daily current case conference provides residents with reinforcement in all radiology subspecialties and affords faculty contact in areas in which they normally do not work. Each subsection presents one conference every other week. The residents also participate in this conference schedule with teaching file cases.
Interdepartmental conferences are scheduled with most medical and surgical disciplines. Designed to meet both clinical and educational needs, these conferences provide an excellent forum for communication between radiology and other departments.
The Department Chair welcomes informal feedback at a monthly conference with the residents. All conferences are open to students, residents, fellows, and community physicians. View the conference schedule.
Salary and Benefits
Pay and fringe benefits are competitive with those at major southeastern hospitals. Salaries in 2011-2012 range approximately from $45,320 for House Officer Level I through $48,410 for Level VII. Vacation policies and other benefits are outlined in the brochure "House Officer Programs." In addition, a $350 book allowance is available for the resident during each year of the radiology residency.
Attendance at radiologic society meetings and postgraduate courses is encouraged. A travel fund for one trip per residency is available to either the RSNA, ARRS or AUR. In addition, the department will offer funding for one trip per year per resident if the resident has the opportunity to present AS FIRST AUTHOR of a poster selected through peer review process at RSNA, ARRS or AUR only. The Department of Radiology will also provide each resident, during the course of his/her residency, with one trip to a Radiology review course.
All diagnostic residents attend the 6-week radiologic pathology course at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. The Department of Radiology pays the $1,500 tuition and reimburses up to $1,300 in living expenses.