Diagnostic Radiology Residency
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Diagnostic Radiology program offers a robust training experience with a case volume being among the top in the state, including cases in rare diseases and post-transplant studies. Residents train within the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers in West Michigan.
We are unique in that while affiliated with a large medical school, our program is not part of a hierarchical academic department. It is through this relationship that we are able to offer the very best of a busy community-based clinical program as well as the academic opportunities of a university. This is demonstrated by the substantial research projects, presentations, and papers generated by our residents annually.
- 13 ultrasound units
- 4 multi-slice CT’s (64- and 16-slice included)
- 2 1.5-T MRI units
- 1 3-T MRI unit
- 5 fluoroscopy rooms (one remote)
- 3 angiography suites (including bi-planar for neurointerventional)
- 4 gamma cameras
- 7 digital radiography units
- MR Unit in the OR
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
- 5 ultrasound units
- 2 multi-slice CT’s (16 slice included)
- 1 1.5-T MRI unit
- 4 fluoroscopy rooms (2 remote)
- 3 digital radiography units
- 3 angiography suites (1 biplane for neurointerventional)
- 3 gamma cameras
- 64-slice CT, bariatric 16-slice CT, SPECT/CT
- 2 multislice CT’s (64 slice included)
- 1 1.5-T MRI units
- 1 3-T MRI unit
- 4 ultrasound units
- 2 angiography suites (bi-plane included)
- 4 fluoroscopy rooms
- Digital mammography units
- 2 radiography units (CR)
- 3 gamma cameras
- PET/CT, SPECT/CT
Conferences are held throughout the academic year. There is an average of nine to ten hours of conferences per week. The core curriculum includes: physics, didactic subspecialty lectures and interactive case conferences. The core curriculum for each section covers all aspects of diagnostic and interventional radiology, repeated twice over the resident’s four years. Daily didactic lectures and/or interactive conferences are provided. Physics lectures are given each Tuesday by department physicists and provide the necessary foundation to understand the underlying imaging science for each diagnostic modality and prepare residents for the physics, regulatory and quality questions they will encounter for their certifying exam and in practice. Our medical physics faculty also teaches a curriculum which incorporates NRC requirements so that all of our residents qualify for authorized user status (please see the American Board of Radiology’s website for details regarding NRC authorized user status).
Resident run Brant and Helms Conference is held each Tuesday morning to provide introduction to the fundamentals of diagnostic radiology to freshman residents.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to attend and participate in a variety of divisional, departmental and interdepartmental conferences in conjunction with their clinical counterparts, including various specialty tumor boards. Senior residents have the potential to present at these conferences further preparing them for the rigors of fellowship.
Residents also have a resident run interdisciplinary conference where they teach other clinical residents the pathophysiology relating to their patients, normal/abnormal anatomy, and what are the appropriate imaging tests.
Grand Rounds followed by resident education conference are typically provided one to two times per month from a visiting radiologist who is nationally and internationally recognized in their area of expertise.
All diagnostic radiology residents attend the 4-week radiologic pathology course at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Silver Spring, MD, during their PGY-4 year in which registration and lodging are paid for by the program.
- Body CT/MR
- Emergency radiology/night float
- Elective (e.g. senior mini-fellowships)
- Nuclear medicine
Research & teaching opportunities
Residents present their research at major national meetings including RSNA, ARRS, ASNR, and AUR. Residents are also encouraged to present their work at subspecialty meetings. Our program provides financial support for residents to attend any meeting at which the resident is the primary presenter of an oral presentation or educational exhibit.
The scholarly activity support department provides support to Spectrum Health residents and faculty in all areas of research and scholarly activity (e.g., quality, educational, surveys). To access more details, including templates (e.g., study protocol, poster), help request forms and other contact information, visit Spectrum Health GME Research.
In keeping with the tradition of physician as teacher, residents have many opportunities to teach their colleagues, medical students and patients. The radiology residents teach medical students the pertinent radiographic and CT findings (normal and abnormal) anatomy during their first year. The residents also teach each other through weekly conferences such as Brant and Helms Rounds. In addition, the residents participate in a resident-run interdisciplinary conference in which they teach the clinical residents their patient’s pathological imaging findings.
Residents are active in the politics of the greater radiology community, both locally as part of the Michigan Radiological Society and nationally through the ACR. Residents attend the annual Michigan Radiological Society Meeting. Also, in the past we have had residents selected to attend the AUR Radiology Resident Academic Leadership Development (ARRALD) Program introducing them to topics such as radiology leadership, policy, and economics. Residents also participate in Michigan Legislative Day, where they visit with Michigan law makers directly to talk about ACR sponsored initiatives.
Radiology resident in-house call begins in May of the PGY-2 year, with residents stationed in-house at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. After hours radiology studies at Mercy Healthy St. Mary’s Hospital are remotely interpreted by the resident at the Butterworth Hospital. In-house call involves a night-float system with the majority of call front-loaded into the 2nd year of residency so that residents can develop early expertise and confidence with independent interpretative responsibility. All in-house residents have continuous expert backup by attendings that are available at all hours for consultation. There is an additional home call pool in which residents are available by pager to cover emergency interventional and fluoroscopic procedures. There is no extended call and all residents have 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. off except when they are on home call. Call frequency decreases during the PGY-4 and PGY-5 years and the immediate period leading up to the CORE exam is call free.
Robust training experience with a case volume being among the top in the state, including cases in rare diseases and post-transplant studies. Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and are only one of three Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the state.
Graduates have completed fellowships at some of the best institutions in the country, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins, Mallinkrodt, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford University.
Visiting professors are provided one to two times per month who are nationally and internationally recognized in their area of expertise.
Dedicated radiology program director with over 25 years of experience.
We offer strong research support.
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a radiologist
- Personal statement
- Medical school transcript
- Dean’s letter
- USMLE Step 1 Score Required (even if you are an osteopathic medical student)
- USMLE Step 2 CK Score Preferred
Our program received four year accreditation on February 20, 2015 from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our first self-study date is scheduled for November 2021. For more information on our program, contact the program coordinator.
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