The objectives of the training program are to provide a teaching and a working exposure to a wide range of pathologic conditions such that the resident who takes advantage of the program and supplements the work experience with reading will complete residency training confident regarding his/her ability to perform all standard radiologic procedures, identify relevant abnormalities on the resulting study, formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis, discuss the case cogently and concisely with referring physicians, and be able to arrive at the best diagnosis utilizing clinical and imaging parameters. Residents completing the program should be able to pass all sections of the examinations of the American Board of Radiology, be competitive for top-notch fellowships, and ultimately be sought after for prestigious positions in the academic or private practice of radiology.
The importance of continuing education is stressed within the department. This is emphasized by virtue of twice daily conferences, visiting professors/Grand Rounds, and sending residents to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) at departmental expense.
The importance of research is also emphasized to the residents. All are required to prepare and present a didactic conference on the radiologic subject of their choice, which requires in-depth research on the relevant topic. Each resident is also required to prepare at least one paper suitable for publication during the four-year residency.
In order to facilitate the department's providing the highest possible quality of services to our patients and referring physicians, the department has acquired and installed a state-of-the-art PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System). In addition, we have interfaced the PACS with voice recognition software, allowing all radiology reports to be immediately dictated, proofread, and available "online" with the appropriate clinical images. This has dramatically enhanced the department's ability to render timely radiologic services. Additionally, our residents are well-prepared for major technologic advances which are being implemented in radiologic facilities throughout the nation.