Department of Radiology

The Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, is a 515-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. The hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond to care for "the sick-poor and insane of Philadelphia."

For more than 250 years the hospital has been located at the same site — 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia. Part of the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine, the hospital is now known for general and specialty services including:

  • Orthopedics
  • Vascular medicine/surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Urology
  • Women’s health
  • Neonatology
  • Behavioral health

Pennsylvania Hospital also has expanding programs for oncology through the Abramson Cancer Center, cardiac care, gamma knife and CyberKnife® radiotherapy, and bloodless medicine/surgery. The hospital has over 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits each year, including over 5,200 births. Our brand new 12-story outpatient facility is state of the art, allowing the hospital to continue the renovations toward all private rooms.

The Department

The Department of Radiology offers a full complement of comprehensive imaging services. We have state of the art equipment including a PET/CT scanner, three CT scanners, including a 128 dual source machine, two interventional suites, six sonography suites and four MRI units (1.5 and 3T). Our brand new Center for Breast Imaging provides digital tomosynthesis, automated breast ultrasound, DEXA scanning, breast MRI, and multimodality biopsies. We are fully computerized with Sectra PACS, PS 360 voice recognition and EPIC RIS.

Recent extensive renovations have updated the facilities and given us a new, modern appearance. Our department has created a dedicated resident office with fully equipped study carrels in addition to a comfortable, spacious lounge for group study.

Our Program

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is a four-year program and provides all requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Each incoming group consists of five residents, and we have a total resident census of 20.

Prior to matriculation, each resident must have completed a year of clinical graduate medical education in a program acceptable to the American Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Radiology. We have no fellows in the department; our efforts are focused exclusively on the education and welfare of our residents.

The University

Pennsylvania Hospital is historically related to the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. All faculty members in the Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital are active academically in the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Our Faculty and Staff

The Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital and its residency operate independently with all administrative and operational management at Pennsylvania Hospital. A majority of our faculty are based primarily at Pennsylvania Hospital with other faculty sharing time throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Similarly our residents spend the majority of their time at Pennsylvania Hospital while spending time at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as the best educational opportunities allow.


We have designed a comprehensive orientation program to begin each entering resident's experience. Clinical rotations are provided in all areas of radiology under the supervision of fully subspecialized faculty with long-standing interest and experience in teaching residents.

Our academic program prepares the resident for the American Board of Radiology Core Examination that is taken at the end of the third year, then allows elective and mini-fellowship time in the fourth year for the resident to gain subspecialty skills.

Two conferences are held daily in our fully digital conference room and cover all areas of diagnostic and interventional radiology through a comprehensive curriculum. Residents prepare cases and topics for presentation at Case Conference, attended by residents and staff. The department participates in several regular interdisciplinary conferences with active resident participation.

We have a very successful Visiting Professor Program. Our Non-Imaging Curriculum provides instruction in various topics including ethics, patient safety, professionalism, health care and radiology economics, personal finance and national issues affecting patient care.

Residents learn pediatric radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; they attend the Radiologic Pathology course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Washington, DC. Full physics instruction is provided, and most residents choose to attend a physics course. Resident education is supported by a large intradepartmental library and abundant Internet access. The department also provides residents with individual on-line access to learning tools, including STATdx and RADPrimer.


All residents participate in research projects and scholarly activities, tailored to individual interests and strengths. Residents have opportunities to collaborate with faculty both within Pennsylvania Hospital and throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Financial support is provided for residents attending national and regional meetings to present research and educational exhibits. In addition, residents are also supported to attend one additional meeting or course during the residency, typically in the last year.


Residents share on-call responsibilities in an equitable manner. We employ a very successful night float system. Junior residents spend time with senior residents to gain needed experience before assuming full call responsibility. The call resident always has full back up by subspecialized attending staff for image interpretation and procedure supervision.


The Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia is a beautiful and safe residential area. Residents can readily afford near-by housing, and can partake in the historical, cultural and vibrant life of our city. Many of our staff live within walking distance for the same reasons. Alternatively, residents living elsewhere in the city and surrounding suburbs benefit from the extensive public transportation systems focused on center city.

We hope we have answered many initial questions and encourage you to contact us if you have more. We hope you strongly consider our program and look forward to receiving your application.

Contact Us

Susan McFadden
Residency Coordinator

Department of Radiology
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce Street, 2 Preston
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-829-6657
Fax: 215-829-7482

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