The residency is based on an organ-system approach in an attempt to develop clinically oriented Radiologists who are able to skillfully utilize the numerous imaging modalities available for definitive diagnosis. In addition, the program addresses training and evaluation of residents according to the ACGME "core" competencies.
Radiology residents have daily exposure to a high volume of imaging examinations and procedures for which their responsibility gradually increases.
The radiology resident assigned to a particular rotation will gradually take responsibility for that section under the guidance and direct supervision of the faculty. The resident will be responsible for:
- Determining the best examination for a given clinical situation
- Selecting the protocol for an examination in order to maximize diagnostic yield
- Performing an examination when applicable
- Performing procedures when on interventional rotations
- Reviewing exam results, dictating the examination report and communicating findings to the referring physician
- Scholarly activities, including clinical research , review articles, interdepartmental and national presentations.
All of these activities foster interaction with the clinical teaching staff and patients while promoting the Radiologist as a consultant. On-call responsibilities are an inherent part of the resident's daily work. Duty hours are in compliance with New York State and ACGME requirements.
Resident education is a department priority. There at least two conferences per day. Frequent grand rounds and symposia given by invited guest presenters supplement this.
During the first three years of training, residents will complete the core rotations necessary to prepare for the ABR Core Exam. A sample rotation distribution is seen below. As can be seen, the fourth year is very flexible and can be customized to the individual resident and may include "mini-fellowships."
Residents are required to engage in research and other scholarly activities. Funding is provided for residents presenting at national meetings. A stipend is also provided for residents to attend the AIRP course in their third year.
Residents are evaluated after every four-week rotation by the appropriate division chief. Individual meetings with the program director occur every four months, at which time the resident's progress is discussed. A credentialing examination is given to all first-year residents immediately prior to on-call duty. The yearly American College of Radiology in-service examination is offered. Preparation for the ABR Core exam is intense and includes numerous lectures and conferences devoted to each subject area, including the physics of medical imaging as well funding for outside review courses.