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The radiology residency program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has 7 residents per year for a total of 28 residents. Our residents work with approximately 70 subspecialty trained radiologists throughout their residency on their radiology rotations. The rotations are organ based and are in accordance with the separate sections of the American Board of Radiology examination.

The residency curriculum is guided by our new innovative iBook based iPad curriculum. Residents are provided with an iPad at the beginning of their residency with an iBook based curriculum created by our faculty for each subspecialty rotation. For each rotation, the iBook curriculum provides a day by day didactic guide, as well as links to relevant articles and book chapters. This allows our residents to monitor their daily progress, and ensures that they cover all the relevant subspecialty topics by the end of each rotation.

Residents rotate through the various radiology subspecialties (see “Rotations”) and work one on one with subspecialty trained attending radiologists, integrating a curriculum geared towards the new ABR Core Examination. The cases that the residents are expected to interpret correspond to their level of training; lower level residents read more basic cases and modalities and upper level residents select or are assigned more advanced cases. The case volume available is high, and the complexity of cases (as a transplant center, tertiary care referral center, and comprehensive cancer center) provides an outstanding environment for learning. The residents’ responsibility also is to choose cases that commiserate with their experience and background to maximize their education, i.e. particularly with regards to interventional cases. The attending radiologists provide case-by-case teaching at the workstations and are responsible for ensuring all clinical work is completed.

Daily didactic lectures are held at noon with dedicated protected time (i.e. resident responsibilities are transferred to attendings and fellows during this) between 11:30 and 1:00 to allow for preparation for the day’s lecture, review of the day’s iBook curriculum and uninterrupted lecture time. The didactics are coordinated into a prescribed two-year curriculum so that each resident will be exposed to every lecture topic at least once prior to the ABR Core Examination and be exposed to every lecture topic twice prior to graduation.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Innovative iPad curriculum with daily iBook based didactics and readings for each rotation.
  • 24 hour in-house attending coverage, including our Emergency Radiology attending faculty who read alongside the ED and Night Float residents providing 24 hour support and final interpretations.
  • 4 year curriculum that emphasizes broad exposure and education prior to the Core Exam at the end of the PGY-4 year.  There is also significant flexibility including 5 elective blocks and a 6 block mini-fellowship throughout the 4 years.  This flexibility allows interested residents to pursue the Clinical IR/DR Pathway as a part of their training.
  • Pairing of lower level residents with upper level residents on call and overnight shifts. This system allows for support and guidance of junior level residents on call as they become more proficient and comfortable during their residency. This also gives the upper level residents a chance to mentor and teach.
  • High available volume of complex and interesting cases. This allows the residents to select and view the best and optimal cases to maximize learning for their level of training. The responsibility to complete the daily clinical work is on our attending faculty, not the resident staff.
  • Research opportunities are plentiful and may be pursued with either our radiology faculty and/or through the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging.

The residency program is based out of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center campus but also includes rotations in other hospitals and outpatient imaging centers. The medical center now encompasses the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which is the third largest cancer hospital in the nation. Our residents also rotate through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which has once again made U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll, awarded to only 11 children's centers nationwide.