The preferred traditional clinical track is a five-year program consisting of a three-year core curriculum followed by a focused fourth year that is part of one of our many two-year programs/fellowships that are offered. Alternatively, one-year concentrations are offered in most subspecialty areas with a traditional one-year fellowship to follow. Programs can be individualized in conjunction with the program director.
Core curriculum includes basic and advanced instruction in radiological procedures and image interpretation of all radiological subspecialties. This includes time spent at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Both of these institutions are a short walk from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and are staffed by faculty, residents and fellows from Penn Medicine. In addition, there is a three-month pediatric radiology rotation at the world-renowned Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a four-week rotation on radiological pathology at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Divided into 39 four-week blocks, the first three years of residency include all required training to master general radiology and the "Core Exam" and will include rotations in CT, US, Chest, Bone, GI, GU, MRI, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Pediatrics, Cardiovascular, Breast, Nuclear Medicine/PET, Nuclear Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine Physics. In addition, second year residents will experience Night Float and third year residents will go to the AIRP. For each month of rotation, goals, objectives and suggested readings with progressive responsibilities and expectations are distributed to the resident.
Flexible Fourth Year Option
The program offers a flexible fourth year. Residents can begin a two-year fellowship in one of the following disciplines: Neuroradiology, Cardiothoracic Imaging, Oncologic Imaging, Women's Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Abdominal Imaging or Pediatrics. The year is structured in ten four-week blocks and will allow residents to develop broad clinical, radiological, and basic scientific expertise as well as research competence in the chosen subspecialty. Relevant rotations outside radiology (in the clinic) are important component of these programs.
Residents may elect to pursue our ABR approved 16-month pathway to certification in Nuclear Radiology as well as our ACGME approved ESIR program.
Alternatively one year concentrations (with a traditional fellowship to follow) are offered in most subspecialty areas. These programs can be individualized in conjunction with the program director.
Residents during their fourth year are required to attend at least five hours of fellow level lectures/interdisciplinary conferences. Two blocks of the fourth year will be spent operating in a more independent fashion doing 4:30 pm to 12:30 am rotation at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Center (our new site for trauma effective February 2015) and Night Float at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe time spent in this fashion will reinforce the skill sets needed to successfully complete the Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology portion of the new certifying exam.
The Radiology training at the University of Pennsylvania program fosters and facilitates original research by the resident. It is an ACGME requirement that residents engage in a scholarly project during their residency the results of which must be published or presented at institutional, local, regional, or national meeting. This requirement is strongly embraced by the department and is considered achieving minimum satisfaction in meeting the research component of our educational mission.
Residents participate in a two week mini-rotation on "How To Be An Academic Radiologist" during the first year of radiology residency. This begins residents' research projects. During the first three years of training residents ( on most rotations) are prescheduled into one half day per week or two days per block of dedicated research time. Research blocks or weekly days are built into all one-and two-year programs.