DR Residency Program Overview


Matthew Heller, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Radiology Residency Program
Associate Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program

Nikhil Amesur, MD
Professor of Radiology
Associate Director, Radiology Residency Program
Director, Interventional Radiology Residency Program
Director, Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program

Contact Information:
Trish Martino
Academic Manager
412-647-7338
martinot@upmc.edu

DR Residency Program

The Diagnostic Radiology (DR) Residency Program at UPMC has been carefully designed to provide a superb clinical experience in the setting of a supportive, academic environment which trainees will draw upon throughout their careers. For each first year residency class, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredits the DR Program for 9 residents. There will also be 2 additional residents per year in the Interventional Radiology (IR) Residency Program, leading to a total class size of 11 residents between the DR and IR Programs). The DR Residency Program is four years in length, consisting of rotations in all subspecialties of radiology and dedicated training in radiologic physics. All residents must successfully complete an accredited transitional year or internship in medicine or surgery prior to commending radiology residency.

Under the current curriculum for the DR Residency Program, residents spend approximately half of their clinical experience at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, the flagship institution of UPMC. Residents also rotate through UPMC-Shadyside Hospital, UPMC-Magee Women’s Hospital, UPMC-Mercy Hospital, UPMC-Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. These locations provide a diverse experience at sites dedicated to trauma (two Level-1 trauma centers), transplantation, oncology, minimally-invasive surgery, pediatrics, and women’s health. During the third year, all residents participate in the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) four-week didactic course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Silver Spring, MD. The residency curriculum complies with all requirements of UPMC Graduate Medical Education, the national ACGME, and the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

The DR Residency Program has consistently attracted competitive applicants from top-tier medical schools throughout the United States and the world. The performance of our radiology residents compares favorably with that of any other program in the country. Quantifiable measures of our residents’ performance include consistently excellent scores on the ABR Core and Certifying Examinations and the ACR In-Service Examination. Since its inception in 1973, the DR Program maintains a 99% pass-rate on ABR Examinations.

The DR Program’s unparalleled caseload and diverse patient mix allow residents to easily meet all ACGME requirements. In addition to the high volume, the DR Program’s subspecialty faculty and close clinical relationships with other departments foster an unprecedented residency experience. Due to our belief in multi-disciplinary training, all residents spend several weeks rotating with other medical and surgical services during their third year. The radiology residents function in a consultant role and also partake in interdisciplinary conferences during this experience.

Other unique experiences that lead to our program’s diverse experience include a dedicated two-week rotation in clinical radiologic physics and a dedicated, week-long didactic course in MR Physics. The 4th year of the DR Program consists almost entirely of resident chosen electives, allowing our Program to offer residents concentrated training (‘mini-fellowships’) in any of the subspecialties of radiology. Due to our breadth of training sites, nearly all residents’ elective choices are able to be accommodated each year. Finally, since our DR and IR Residency Programs work synergistically and have shared leadership, the educational experience for all residents in maximized.

As our department is currently ranked 17th in the nation in NIH grant funding and many of our faculty members participate in academic endeavors, there are numerous opportunities for residents to partake in research, teaching, and other academic pursuits. Accordingly, the DR Program is well represented annually at multiple national meetings, such as the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR), the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), and the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). Over the past two decades, residents in the DR Program have been repeatedly selected for academic leadership development programs through the RSNA, ARRS and AUR and have been selected for various other national awards. Some of the Program’s residents have also participated in publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Radiology, Radiographics, Abdominal Radiology, The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Academic Radiology, and the American Journal of Roentgenology to name just a few.

Historically, nearly all of our residents have undertaken subspecialty fellowship training following the completion of residency. The DR Program has a proven track record of placing graduating residents into competitive fellowship programs at top-tier institutions across the country. While many of the residents go on to build successful careers in the private practice setting, a significant number have developed rewarding careers in academia and have become leaders in their specialties.

Residents in the DR receive a competitive salary and benefits package, a generous educational fund, and have the option to partake in ample moonlighting opportunities. Pittsburgh has been consistently rated as one of the most livable cities in the country over the past two decades and offers many cultural, entertainment, dining, outdoor and athletic experiences.

### Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program - Mission Statement The Radiology Faculty and staff at UPMC are dedicated to providing an unparalleled academic and clinical experience in a supportive environment for trainees. It is the Program’s goal that the radiology family at UPMC will continue to be a resource that graduates will draw from throughout their medical careers.

The DR Residency Program training consists of rotations in all of the subspecialties of radiology in which residents interact closely with nationally recognized, subspecialty academic radiologists, and referring colleagues to maximize their training in a collegial, comfortable, state-of-the-art facility. Training focuses on excellence in clinical care, research and teaching, while fostering the individual interests and talents of residents. The various radiology divisions regularly provide services across the institution to assure uniform excellence of clinical care and teaching.

The Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is committed to training the finest radiologists in the country. All graduates of the Program will be well prepared for careers in private practice or academic radiology.

### Summary of Training Sites UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital is the core academic, Level I trauma, and transplant center. With 792 licensed beds, the institution is ranked among the nation’s top hospitals by US News & World Report, and provides innovative, high-quality care to patients from the local community, western Pennsylvania, and throughout the world. UPMC-Presbyterian has completed a major physical renovation of virtually the entire radiology department. This has led to a state-of-the-art radiology facility with cutting-edge equipment throughout. This includes an upgraded for MRI, MDCT, and ultrasound; SPECT-CT; dual-energy CT; PET-MR; new dedicated sub-specialty reading rooms, and patient consultation areas. Included in the $50M renovation is a state-of-the-art conference room with the ability to live stream multi-disciplinary interactive conferences to our other educational sites, as well as secure log in from personal computers, tablets, and smartphones. A dedicated resident lounge contains upgraded computers with full radiology work stations, the radiology library, individual lockers, and an adjoining call room. All residents also have full access to a variety of medical resources through the Health Sciences Library System serving the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

UPMC-Shadyside Hospital delivers patient-centered, innovative care through its 502 licensed beds and the attached Hillman Cancer Center. UPMC-Shadyside provides high-quality comprehensive care in cardiology, geriatrics, vascular medicine, and endocrinology, and has received top rankings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The Hillman Cancer Center is the flagship treatment and research facility of the UPMC Cancer Center network and a nationally recognized leader in oncologic diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital (MWH) is a nationally recognized leader in women’s health. MWH maintains 383 licensed beds and is ranked in the top ten nationally for gynecologic care by US News & World Report. With over 10,000 deliveries per year, MWH is the busiest birthing center in the region and also one of the state's busiest mammography centers. It offers a complementary and distinct clinical experience when compared with the core institution due to the different inherent patient population. In addition to its specialty focus in women’s health, MWH includes a full range of medical and surgical services for women and men, including programs for the diagnosis and treatment of malignancies, digestive disorders, orthopedic care, minimally invasive abdominal surgery, and vascular surgery. Rotations though MWH provides trainees with experience in many procedures not commonly performed at other UPMC training sites.

UPMC-Mercy Hospital provides exceptional health care to neighborhoods based in the center of the city of Pittsburgh. UPMC Mercy maintains 495 licensed beds, and operates the only combined Level I trauma and burn center in western Pennsylvania. Residents will undertake rotations in abdominal, thoracic, interventional, and neuroradiology at UPMC-Mercy Hospital.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) is the regional resource for comprehensive pediatric care. CHP is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to the US News & World Report Honor Roll of American’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for 2016-2017 with nationally ranking in each of the 10 pediatric specialties listed in the honor roll. The hospital maintains 304 licensed beds and was the first pediatric hospital in the country to receive the HIMSS Stage 7 HER designation for implementing an electronic medical records system that keeps patients’ medical information updated and available throughout the UPMC network. CHP is one of the largest pediatric transplantation centers in the world. This institution serves as the sole site for training in pediatric imaging and includes training in all diagnostic-imaging modalities. All diagnostic radiologists at CHP are fellowship trained in pediatric imaging. Radiology residents spend 12 weeks at CHP during their first three years of training.

The University Drive Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is a 357-bed medical/surgical tertiary care facility and is a national and regional referral center for liver and renal transplantation, cardiac surgery, oncology, radiation therapy, and geriatric care. Active ongoing research programs are present in multiple subspecialties including diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology and these contribute significantly to the clinical and academic atmosphere of the VAMC. Residents will spend approximately 2 rotations at the VAMC focusing on nuclear medicine and interventional radiology.

Residency applications are only able to be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and residency positions are only offered through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Additional information can be found under the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab on our website.

UPMC Diagnostic Radiology Residency Rotation Diagram – UPMC Presbyterian, Shadyside, VAMC, CHP, Mercy, Magee Hospitals