The teaching programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are among the major strengths of the Radiology department, and the Radiology faculty members highly value their educational mission. Education occurs at multiple levels: providing medical students with their first exposure to Radiology, training Radiology residents and fellows, and giving continuing medical education courses designed for practicing radiologists and other physicians.
Radiology electives at Jefferson Medical College are designed to introduce students to medical imaging. No matter what field students ultimately enter, imaging plays an important role. Students learn not only the basics of how to interpret an image, but also learn the wide range of available radiologic tests, and how to order them in a cost-effective manner. Besides the basic radiology elective, students can also choose from subspecialty electives including Interventional Radiology, Cross-Sectional Imaging, and Neuroradiology. Each year we are gratified that approximately 10-20 Jefferson students become inspired by our courses to choose Radiology as a career.
Vice Chair for Education
The ACGME accredited Radiology Residency Program at Jefferson has an outstanding national reputation. The American Board of Radiology (ABR) requires a one-year clinical internship followed by four years of training in Diagnostic Radiology. As of July 1, 2009, we will have 36 Diagnostic Radiology residents in our program. As a testimony to the quality of teaching, Jefferson residents have consistently ranked in the top 10 programs in the country in both oral and written ABR boards performance over the past decade. The principal goal of our program is to produce highly trained, competent radiologists who will find themselves well prepared for successful careers in both academic and private practice sectors. This goal is achieved by promoting a friendly and stimulating environment conducive to learning. The educational curriculum is continually updated in order to keep pace with the rapid advances in radiology.
Following residency, most residents elect subspecialty training, either at Thomas Jefferson University or another academic institution. Jefferson offers ACGME accredited fellowships in Interventional Radiology, Abdominal Imaging, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Neuroradiology. Fellowship training is also available in Women’s Imaging and Body MRI.
Our faculty is active in counseling our trainees about their career choices, and actively help our residents and fellows secure the best possible positions upon completion of their training.
Because learning is a life-long process, the Jefferson Department of Radiology also offers a wide variety of continuing medical education courses in many of the radiologic disciplines including musculoskeletal imaging, ultrasound, and cardiac imaging. Visiting fellowships are also available in breast imaging, body CT, MRI, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology/ENT radiology, and ultrasound. These courses and visiting fellowships help practitioners keep up with the rapidly changing field of medical imaging and image-guided procedures