Two 45-minute conferences from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. are held daily. The faculty presents both clinical and non-clinical material in various formats with specific attention to adult learning styles. A standing agenda item on the Resident Education Committee is “Educational Tools To Teach Millennials”. Core clinical curriculum including physics, covering all subspecialty areas, is presented completely and repeated every eighteen months. ER Radiology is repeated yearly. This combination of required rotations and formal conference curriculum ensures the training of clinically outstanding radiologists.
Non-clinical curriculum is repeated every eighteen months and includes topics covering:
- Healthcare Policy and Economics
- Informatics and Health Services Research
- Clinical Research (study design, biostatistics, and the art of writing papers and grants)
- Quality and Safety
- Ethics and Professionalism
- Global Health
This non-clinical portion of the curriculum gives residents the skill sets needed to own their discipline and be the future leaders of radiology.
Grand Rounds are held weekly. The department has a resident journal club (Radiologic Sciences, Health Policy and Quality and Safety) with faculty members facilitating discussions on a rotating basis. Many sections, both within the Department of Radiology and across Penn Medicine, have subspecialty, weekly noon conferences as well.
Call responsibilities (R1-R4) are the same for trainees in both residencies and consist of a mix of subspecialty weekday evening call, general weekend day-time call, and general overnight call taken on a night-float system. First-year residents begin call right away interpreting radiographs on the weekday evening shift, always under the supervision of a staff attending radiologist.
R2-R4 residents take independent call and are provided feedback on their interpretations by sub-specialty attendings within 12 hours through an electronic ‘change system’ which allows residents flexibility to review their cases when most convenient to them.
Residents on various subspecialty rotations (Neuroradiology and Body Imaging) also take weekday evening call to enhance their learning experience while on rotation. ESIR and IRDR residents will take additional IR-subspecialty call during their third- and fourth-year IR rotations.
Multiple assessment tools are used in the evaluation of resident performance. Faculty electronically complete global evaluations of each resident at the end of rotations. Residents can review these online or in hard copy in the program coordinators office.
Similarly, residents do online anonymous faculty and rotation evaluations after each four week block. Results and comments are taken very seriously at all levels within the department. Results are rolled up and reviewed every six months in order to make ongoing program improvements.
The training program is accredited by the ACGME. The program fulfills the requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology.