Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Programs

The Radiology Residency Program at Jefferson has an outstanding national reputation. We have consistently ranked in the top 10 in 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.

Jefferson's full-accredited program receive approximately 600 applicants each year, from which 10% are selected for interviews. 

The vast majority of our residents easily pass both parts of the American Board of Radiology Examination. The Department faculty is active in counseling residents about their career choices and helping residents to secure the best possible positions upon completion of their training.


Resident Perks

  • Collegial atmosphere among residents and attending staff
  • Travel Sponsorship for up to 3 days and 2 nights to any radiology meeting at which a resident is presenting an abstract, poster or paper
  • Residents go to AIRP for 4 weeks; tuition paid by the department and housing reimbursed up to $1500
  • Each resident receives a disrectionary education fund with $2500 to be used over the course of their residency
  • 10 hours of conferences per week
      Meal allowance for night-call
  • 4 weeks of vacation each year which can be taken in blocks from 1 day to 2 weeks at a time
  • 3 months of elective time in the 4th year
  • "Senior Specialization" in which 4th-year residents are able to participate in subspecialty clinical and research in a similar capacity to fellows
  • Digital teaching file system including ACR teaching files
  • Dedicated department library

Curriculum Overview

The core curriculum consists of 12 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 16 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 12 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 format. 

Clinical Responsibilities

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, 12PM 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.

Dr. Vijay Rao

Letter from
Vijay M. Rao, MD

David C. Levin Professor & Chair, Department of Radiology

Dr. Levon Nazarian

Suzanne Long, MD
Program Director


Kristen McClure, MD Assistant 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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