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Diagnostic Radiology Residency Programs

The Radiology Residency Program at Jefferson has an outstanding national reputation. We have consistently ranked in the top 10 in both oral and written boards performance over the past decade.  The principal objective of our program is to produce well-trained, competent radiologists who will find themselves highly competitive for successful careers in both academic and private practice sectors. This 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. The design of the resident rotation schedule prioritizes the educational needs of the residents over the service needs of the department.

The American Board of Radiology requires a one-year clinical internship followed by four years of training in Diagnostic Radiology. We receive approximately 600 applicants each year, from which 10% are selected for interviews. Our program is fully accredited, and we are in the process of increasing the resident complement from eight to nine residents per year.

Resident Perks

  • Collegial atmosphere among residents and attending staff
  • The department will send you at their expense for 3 days and 2 nights to any radiology meeting at which you are presenting an abstract, poster or paper
  • Residents go to AIRP for four weeks; tuition paid by the department and housing reimbursed up to $1500
  • 10 hours of conferences per week
    Meal allowance for night-call
  • 4 weeks of vacation each year which can be taken in blocks from one day to two weeks at a time
  • 3 months of elective time in the 4th year
  • Digital teaching file system
  • CD ROMs for ACR teaching file
  • Dedicated department library

The core curriculum consists of twelve weeks each in musculoskeletal radiology, gastrointestinal radiology, pulmonary radiology, pediatric radiology, cardiovascular/interventional radiology, ultrasound, body CT and MRI, and breast imaging; eight weeks each in genitourinary radiology and emergency radiology; and sixteen weeks in Neuroradiology/Head and Neck and Nuclear Medicine.  During the third year, residents spend four weeks at the Radiologic Pathology course given by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. In addition, there are twelve weeks of elective time in the senior year.

In the first two months of the academic year, an introductory course is given in general diagnosis. This program includes formal lectures in normal radiographic anatomy, basic diagnostic principles, and radiographic technique. For the remainder of the year, two hours of teaching conferences in diagnostic interpretation are given daily, Monday through Friday, by the attending and fellow staff. These conferences are in each of the major radiology subspecialties, and include a mixture of didactic lectures and case presentations. During case presentation, the residents have the opportunity to discuss the radiographic findings and differential diagnoses. An intensive course in radiologic physics is given during the summer of each year to first- and second-year residents.

The Departmental Radiology Conference is held the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of every month.  This consists of:  1) Grand Rounds covering topics of interest in all radiology subspecialties. These are presented either by the departmental faculty or by invited outside speakers. 2) Radiology research conferences presented in a unique Journal Club type format. This allows everyone in the department the opportunity to present the results of their research activities to the Radiology Department. Residents are required to complete and present at several stages at least one research project at this conference and to present their work at a local and national meetings.  

During each workday, all studies are reviewed by the resident and staff together prior to dictation. Thus, each case becomes a teaching exercise. This type of review demands extra effort from the radiology staff, but is worthwhile in its end result of training and patient care.

Night call responsibilities begin in the second year. Two residents (1 Junior and 1 Senior) will be on call every evening using a night float system from 9PM to 9AM on Weekdays, and 8PM to 8AM on Weekends and Holidays. A separate ER Resident (2nd through 4th yrs) covers from 11AM to 9PM weekdays, 12Noon to 8PM on Saturdays and 8AM to 8PM Sundays and Holidays.   On-call residents are responsible for all general radiology, neuroradiology, body CT and US, except for CVIR and neuroradiologic procedures.  Back-up is available by both fellows and attending staff.

The vast majority of our residents easily pass both parts (written and oral) of the American Board of Radiology Examination, often ranking well above the 90th percentile on portions of the written examination. Following residency, most residents elect to take fellowships either at Thomas Jefferson University or some other outstanding academic institution before going on to academic or community hospital careers. The Department faculty is active in counseling residents about their career choices and helping residents and fellows secure the best possible positions upon completion of their training.

Dr. Vijay Rao

Letter from
Vijay M. Rao, MD

David C. Levin Professor & Chair, Department of Radiology

Dr. Levon Nazarian

Suzanne Long, MD
Residency Program Director

Sandeep Deshmukh, MD
Director of Residency Selection

Department of Radiology
1087 Main Building
132 S. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-7264

We participate in the
National Residency
Match Program and
utilize the Electronic
Residency Application
Service (ERAS).

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