the Program

PROGRAM FACTS

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CURRICULUM

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The first year of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program consists of a clinical year. If you are accepted at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center Diagnostic Radiology Program, a position in our Transitional Year Residency Program will automatically be made available to you. Completion of the ACGME clinical year will meet your preliminary year requirement. The next four years include rotations in Diagnostic Radiology (Gl, GU, Mammography, etc.), Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Interventional Radiology. There is also a three-month rotation at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Pediatric Radiology.

Diagnostic Radiology residents benefit from the many conferences held at the hospital. There are teaching conferences and lectures daily in the department for all Diagnostic Radiology residents, as well as weekly physics lectures. Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is part of the Aurora Health Care system. There are Aurora sponsored residency programs in Transitional Year, Diagnostic Radiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as fellowships in Cardiology, MRI Imaging, Gastroenterology and Geriatrics.

Diagnostic Radiology residents are expected to participate along with the hospital staff and residents from other programs in hospital-wide conferences such as Tumor Board and a variety of specialty conferences. In addition, Diagnostic Radiology residents are allotted three months of elective time to be divided amongst their fourth year in order to pursue specialty interests and are allotted one of the three elective months to spend time in a private practice setting outside of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

Diagnostic Radiology residents are provided funding to attend a national meeting or review course each year. The annual education fund for each Diagnostic Radiology resident should cover the cost of this meeting. Diagnostic Radiology residents are also given the opportunity to attend a portion of the Radiologic Society of North America annual meeting when it is held in Chicago, Illinois. A research fund is provided to residents who publish a paper to cover the cost to present at a national conference. Finally, all Diagnostic Radiology residents have the opportunity to spend four weeks in Washington, D.C., attending the AIRP (formally AFIP) review course during their third year of training. Separate funds are provided to cover travel expenses, tuition, and an apartment for the AIRP 4-week course.

The Department of Radiology maintains its own library, including a collection of current texts, RSNA DVD's, ACR online access, E-Anatomy, StatDx/RADPrimer, and MyPACS electronic teaching files. The residency has up-to-date computers, wireless Internet access, and laptop. Each resident receives a yearly stipend for electronic educational equipment. Resident membership for the Milwaukee Roentgen Ray Society is funded.

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Resident Master Schedule:


R1:

Body - 10 wks, Neuro - 8 wks, NM - 4 wks, US - 10 wks, Fluoro - 12 wks, ED - 8 wks

R2:

Body - 8 wks, Neuro - 8 wks, NM - 4 wks, Vascular - 4 wks, IR - 8 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, ED - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, Float - 4 wks, Fluoro - 4 wks

R3:

Body - 4 wks, Neuro - 4 wks, NM - 4 wks, Fluoro - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, IR - 4 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, ED - 4 wks, Float - 4 wks, AIRP - 4 wks, Vascular - 8 wks, OB - 4 wks

R4:

Body - 4 wks, Neuro - 4 wks, NM - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, IR - 4 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, Vascular - 4 wks, OB - 4 wks, RR - 8 wks, Elective - 12 wks

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Description of Rotation:


FLUORO:

Fluoro rotation includes basic studies as esophagrams, upper GI's, barium enemas, myelograms, lumbar punctures, arthrograms, etc.

ULTRASOUND (US):

US rotation includes vascular ultrasound. Formal OB/US training is provided at Aurora Sinai by perinatologists.

BODY:

Provides a myriad of studies involving all aspects of the body.

NEURO:

Provides a myriad of studies involving MRI.

EMERGENCY RADIOLOGY (ED):

ER rotation is a single month rotation provided for first years to gain experience with a variety of images prior to beginning call in July of R1 year.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE:

NucMed rotation includes diagnostic scans, therapeutic radiotherapy, and PET/CT. In addition, many cardiovascular NM exams are still performed in the radiology department.

PEDIATRIC (Peds):

Peds rotation is completed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, approximately 10 minutes from Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

VASCULAR (V):

Rotation includes the interpretation of coronary CT, cardiac MR, CT-angiography, MR-angiography as well as CT colonography.

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY (IR):

IR rotation offers a very extensive hands-on opportunity for residents including vascular access, drainage procedures, angiography, kyphoplasty, ablated techniques, chemoembolization and more.

READING ROOM (RR):

Rotation involves providing resident coverage in all modalities of the reading room.

CARDIAC GI (CG):

CT colonography, hepatic MR, cardiac CT/MR emphasis.

MUSCULOSKELETAL (MSK):

Broad range of MSK MR, CT.