PROGRAM | Cinical Schedule
During any given month, residents will spend 2 weeks in radiology
floor coverage (including nuclear medicine), 1 week in ultrasound
service and 1 week in CT and MRI throughout their residency. They
are given 2 weeks of vacation time yearly and 3 weeks off clinics
just before their written board exam.
year resident spends 100% of his/her time in supervised
clinical service. No time off other than vacation time is given.
During The first 3-6 months the resident will choose a research
project under the supervision of a diagnostic imaging faculty.
2 months into the program the resident is expected to perform
ultrasound exams as well as myelograms on an emergency basis (after
hours). Each resident will be on “ON CALL” emergency
duty one week of the month. During this time, residents are not
supervised, but have the option to call a backup faculty member.
Reporting/dictation of imaging studies will also begin after this
introductory 2 month period. The resident gradually will increase
the amount of studies read according to their skill level. During
this year he or she will learn how to properly perform special
contrast and fluoroscopic studies as well as developed an efficient,
accurate reporting style based on identification of the abnormal
radiographic findings, summary of conclusions and appropriate
list of differential diagnosis. The resident should be able to
efficiently develop his/her own reporting style with input from
the faculty in all imaging modalities.
year resident One half day per week is allowed of the
clinic floor. This time is used for studying for boards, execution
of the research project as well as for preparation of hospital
wide presentation of relevant imaging topics. A second year resident
is reliable in executing routine and special imaging examinations.
Invasive procedures such as ultrasound biopsies are performed
more often and always under faculty supervision. Second year residents
effectively explain the imaging exams and provide clinicians with
clear concise and relevant answers to the questions presented.
A second year resident can handle the floor case load with little
supervision from faculty however, it is expected this person will
call the faculty for advice when needed regardless of the degree
of difficulty of the case at hand. Unless staff shortages occur,
the amount of cases read on a given day increases to the point
that, along with faculty support, no cases are left unread at
the end of the week. By the end of the second year the resident
is expected to be ready to take the qualifying portion of the
ACVR board exam.
year resident spends 80% of his/her time in clinical
service. Although faculty members are always available for consultation,
third year residents perform ultrasound studies including biopsies
by themselves and also serve as floor managers. They are the first
to be called upon to interpret films, CT/MRI, or nuclear medicine
studies. One day per week off clinics is allowed for self development
time which includes preparation for the certifying portion of
the ACVR exam, final submission of their research project to a
peer-reviewed scientific journal as well as, preparation of their
research talk to be presented at the Annual ACVR meeting. Third
year residents can elect also to spend a total of 3 weeks in radiation
oncology, cardiology and/or large animal ultrasound. During this
period, the residents are relieved of their radiology floor duties.
in all 3 years are required to attend all daily radiology case
rounds; board preparation rounds and journal club/written board
objective reviews. They must also attend hospital wide Friday
morning seminars. These Friday morning seminars include topics
in medicine, surgery, pathology, basic sciences, and clinical
pathologic correlation. Attendance at other rounds throughout
the hospital (eg, pathology, morbidity and mortality rounds) is
contingent upon coverage of the radiology floor by other residents
residents do minimally participate in didactic lecture presentations
for students (1 to 2 hours of lecture in ultrasound elective course).
However, they do spend approximately 10 hours/year teaching a
radiographic laboratory in the freshman anatomy course and approximately
6 hours/month giving student rounds in the senior clinical radiology
rotation. They are also required to give 2 continuing education
presentations at the Friday morning seminars and 1 formal presentation
at the ACVR meeting.