Diagnostic Radiology Residency
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Diagnostic Radiology Residency 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.
- MR: 22 units
- 16 - 1.5T MRI
- 6 - 3T MRI, including a 3T surgical suite in the OR
- CT: 25 units
- PET/CT: 1 unit
- SPECT/CT: 3 units
- Fluoroscopy: 14 rooms
- Angiointerventional suites: 10
- Gamma cameras: 12 units
- Ultrasound: 40 units
- Digital radiography: 20 units
- Digital portable radiography: 20 units
- 1 - 1.5-T MRI unit
- 1 - 1.5-T Mobile MRI unit that services one to two days a week
- 1 - 3-T MRI unit
- Multi-slice CT: 4 units (3 128-slice and 1 64-slice)
- PET/CT: 1 unit
- SPECT/CT gamma cameras: 2 units
- Fluoroscopy: 3 rooms
- Angiography suites, bi-plane included: 2
- Regular gamma camera: 1 unit
- Ultrasound: 5 units
- Total radiography units (CR): 4 units
- C-arms: 6 units and O-arm: 1 unit
- Portable CR machines: 5 units
- Digital Tomosynthesis mammography: 2 units
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 up to $3000 in expenses are paid for by the program.
- Body CT/MR
- Emergency radiology/night float
- Elective (e.g. senior mini-fellowships)
- Nuclear medicine
- A dedicated didactic-based curriculum to prepare PGY2 residents for night float runs for six months prior to the resident beginning night float
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 team 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 the Spectrum Health Office of Medical Education Scholarly Activity Support website.
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 Michigan State University and other visiting medical students the pertinent radiographic and CT findings (normal and abnormal) anatomy during their first year. In addition, the residents participate in resident-run interdisciplinary conferences in which they teach the clinical residents their patient’s pathological imaging findings.
- 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
Educate residents to excel as patient-centered, critically-thinking radiologists who work to improve the health of their community.
- Increase the consistency and quality of the didactic lectures and curriculum.
- Increase the number of cases each resident sees during their residency.
- Improve communication and accountability between the residency program and the faculty who are employed by a large private practice group.
- Increase the residents' review of current literature through a focused program of journal review with the program director.
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