Welcome from Chiefs

Welcome from Chiefs

Thank you for your interest in our residency program. As chief residents for the 2016-2017 academic year, we would like to point out a few distinguishing features of our program which we feel sets us apart.

Volume/Complexity/Variety:

UPMC owns roughly sixteen hospitals within and around Pittsburgh. As residents, we physically rotate through six hospitals (all within 4 miles of each other). While we are certainly a large academic program, rotating at several of our smaller community hospitals allows the best of both worlds. At our main academic site, UPMC Presbyterian, we see complex disorders, exceedingly rare surgeries, level 1 trauma and a In addition, we still encounter more common pathology at our other sites. Additionally, we train at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, one of the top 10 Children's hospital in the country.

We truly feel that the education at UPMC rivals any program in the country. Our volume is extraordinarily high and we are a “resident-driven" program. You will work hard here, but you will become an excellent radiologist. After initially developing good radiology habits, our upper year residents become accustomed to a high-volume practice. Due to our reputation, as well as the volume and complexity of cases, our residents are highly sought after by private practice groups and major academic institutions around the country. In fact, many current and past academic chairs around the country have trained at UPMC.

New Radiology Department:

Completed in April 2015, the nearly $50 million renovation to the Department of Radiology places us in the main lobby of the UPMC Presbyterian flagship hospital. This allows a more patient-centric imaging experience and is more conducive to collaboration with our clinical colleagues. With a brand new, beautiful resident lounge, conference room, new ergonomic reading rooms and new IR facilities, our Department is the newest, most-up-to-date in the country.

Schedule:

First-year resident responsibilities outside of the normal work hours are minimal, allowing them to focus on reading and learning the fundamentals of radiology. We utilize a night float system with three residents working any given night; responsibilities consist of preliminary interpretations of in-patient studies. R2 residents carry more of the call-burden as the R3 residents are excused from all call responsibilities after February for board studying. R4 residents essentially design their own schedules, allowing them to complete focused training in their areas of interest, even including radiology informatics.

Research:

The UPMC Department of Radiology is one of the largest in the country, with over 200 clinical and research faculty. We currently rank among the top with respect to NIH research funding and many residents are much involved in high-impact research. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 70% of our residents were involved with at least one research project; our cumulative tally in the past 12 months was 28 publications, 44 national/regional presentations and 6 book chapters. We even have a senior resident who serves as a reviewer for multiple major journals, including Radiology. We have also recently established a 3D Printing laboratory. Although we have many research-minded residents in our program, no one feels obligated to participate. Many residents participate in educational activities such as teaching medical students and physician assistant students or leading imaging rounds for medicine residents. In addition, there are many opportunities for quality improvement and administrative roles including safety and graduate medical education committees.

Moonlight:

We have seven UPMC affiliated "moonlighting" sites throughout the city and local suburbs, including weekday and weekend shifts. Approximately 35 weekly shifts are assigned to the R2-R4 residents. Two of our sites, the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, house the practice facilities of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh football team and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Beta-test site for new GE PACS:

We have a fantastic Informatics program, headed by Dr. Chris Deible, one of the cardiac radiologists. UPMC is currently collaborating with GE for a new, state-of-the-art PACS system designed "by radiologists, for radiologists". GE developers have been shadowing our attendings and residents, who give input regarding interface and usability preferences. The PACS that we help develop will then be rolled out nation-wide.

Rad-Aid:

The UPMC Resident International Radiology Program was established in 2014 by residents who have been actively involved in radiology education and QI initiatives in Haiti with the non-profits RAD-AID and NOAH. This provides the option for potential rotations abroad in the R4 year. Sincerely,

Andrew Degnan
Anish Ghodadra
Mitch Rees