Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Program director: Bethany Casagranda, DO
Program length: 4 years (PGY2-PGY5)
Residents per year: 7-8 (29 total)
Our diagnostic radiology residency program has a long history of preparing young physicians to successfully practice radiology, whether in an academic or private practice setting. We believe our residency combines the best attributes of both worlds, and our residents have the opportunity to pursue academic excellence within a framework of significant, supervised “hands on” practical training in image interpretation and procedure performance.
The Department of Diagnostic Radiology is a large, service-oriented department offering a full range of imaging modalities, including computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), catheter angiography, and radioisotopic scanning, as well as plain-film radiography, fluoroscopy, and arthrography. The department also provides complete imaging services at Allegheny General Hospital's Breast Center, which include screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasonography, and stereotactic breast biopsy.
Since Pennsylvania's first CT scanner became operational at Allegheny General Hospital in 1974, referring physicians throughout western Pennsylvania have had at their disposal an array of sophisticated diagnostic radiologic, ultrasonographic, angiography, CT, and MRI services, including:
- Peripheral and cerebral angiography, digital subtraction angiography, and interventional peripheral and intracranial angiographic procedures, such as endovascular treatment of cerebral as well as abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Computed axial tomography of the body and brain, CT-guided percutaneous biopsy procedures, vertebroplasty and pain management
- Diagnostic ultrasound and noninvasive Doppler evaluation of extra- and intracranial carotid blood flow as well as ultrasound-guided percutaneous aspirations or biopsies
- General diagnostic radiologic examinations of all organ systems and anatomic sites
- Bone densitometry
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Positron emission tomography
All of the department’s faculty are certified by the American Board of Radiology and have been carefully recruited because of their expressed interest in teaching and commitment to providing the best overall educational experience to residents. The faculty is committed to the educational goals of the residency program, the principal of these being to:
- Provide residents with sufficient training to allow them to achieve a high level of clinical experience in the radiologic diagnosis of disease processes
- Train residents in the competent technical performance of radiological procedures
- Support residents in their efforts to acquire the expertise to correctly interpret the results of radiological examinations and to gain an understanding of the pathophysiology and radiological manifestations of diseases, as well as an understanding of the prognosis to be anticipated and of general knowledge relating to the preferred treatment alternative
- Instill residents with the intellectual motivation to recognize the need to maintain their expertise by continuing education and self-study in the years beyond their formal training period and to guide and support resident efforts leading to publication and/or presentation of scholarly activities
- Provide an environment that encourages inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity, mentoring by faculty and then by more senior residents to more junior residents, and cooperation with colleagues in the pursuit of education
- Absolutely stress the importance of quality patient care and service to our patients and referring physicians
- Provide residents with the expertise to offer consultative radiological service to their nonradiological colleagues as an integral component of patient management
To meet these objectives, the educational program is organized into functional subspecialty units to which residents are assigned for repetitive time blocks; these units are:
- Abdominal imaging (GI/CT/MR)
- Breast imaging
- Chest and cardiac imaging
- Musculoskeletal radiology
- Nuclear medicine
- Pediatric radiology
- Ultrasonography, including obstetric and gynecologic
- Vascular and interventional radiology
In addition, residents obtain radiologic pathology experience by attending the four-week course given by the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology. Radiologic physics is covered in a series of monthly lectures.
The program director and faculty strive to maintain the optimum balance of "hands-on" clinical experience in terms of interpretative sessions with faculty, as well as technical skills gained in procedure performance, and learning achieved through a full didactic curriculum offered during daily intradepartmental conferences, noon case conferences, journal club and ongoing multidisciplinary interdepartmental conferences.
Ultimately, the chairman, program director and faculty aim their teaching efforts not only for successful board preparation but, more importantly, toward preparing radiologists for successful careers in either academic or private practice radiology, ready to take their place on the patient care management team with their colleagues, and keenly interested in furthering their expertise in their chosen specialty.
We are currently accepting applications for positions commencing July 1, 2016.
Applications to the diagnostic radiology residency program are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
All positions will be filled through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
The following documents must be available in ERAS prior to the decision to grant an interview:
- Medical school transcript
- MPSE (Dean’s letter – available to programs on November 1)
- USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1; Step 2/Level 2 is not required at time of application
- At least two letters of recommendation (ERAS accepts up to four)
- Personal statement
Applications must be complete by December 15.
The radiology residency does not include an integrated clinical year; however, applicants are encouraged to apply separately to one of our GME programs in preliminary medicine or surgery.
Applications from Osteopathic Applicants
We will accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE.
Applications from International Medical School Graduates
International medical school graduates (IMGs) must submit through ERAS, in addition to the above materials:
- ECFMG certification
- Evidence of holding either permanent resident status or a J-1 visa; our institution does not sponsor any other type of visa
- Evidence of satisfactory completion or being in the process of satisfactorily completing one year of clinical training as defined by the American Board of Radiology in an ACGME-accredited residency program
Once application has been made through ERAS, the program coordinator will correspond via email regarding the status of the application, including invitations to interview.
We do not utilize specific cut-off scores on USMLE/COMLEX but rather take all parts of the application into consideration when making decisions to interview. However, only those applicants who have successfully passed Step 1/Level 1 on the first attempt will be considered for interview.
Invitations to interview will be issued via email.
Interviews will be scheduled from late October through January. There are no Saturday or Sunday interviews.
For applicants who are applying separately to one of the preliminary programs sponsored by Allegheny General, West Penn, or Forbes hospital, the interview date for radiology can be coordinated for the same day to minimize travel costs.
Interview Day Schedule
Applicants are asked to arrive at either 7 a.m. or 10 a.m. at the Allegheny General Hospital Radiology Reception Desk (01 Level, Snyder Pavilion). After a brief presentation, each applicant will meet individually with the program director, two members of the faculty and one of our residents. During the day, applicants will have ample opportunity to interact with our residents over lunch and have a tour of the campus, as well as attend one of our daily conferences. The day usually concludes by 1:30 p.m. for those with the earlier start time and by 4:30 p.m.for those with the later start time.
If you need to stay overnight in Pittsburgh, the following hotels offer a discounted rate if you identify yourself as a residency applicant to Allegheny General Hospital. In addition, several offer free shuttle service to the hospital.
The Priory – a beautifully restored bed and breakfast within walking distance to the hospital.
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Green Tree – located 15 miles from the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and within 6 miles of Allegheny General Hospital, the Hampton Inn/Green Tree offers shuttle service to the hospital, as well as to and from the airport (please schedule at time of reservation).
Hyatt Place Pittsburgh/North Shore – located near both PNC Park and Heinz Field, this facility is the closest Hyatt Place Hotel to Allegheny General Hospital and offers free shuttle service, free hot breakfast, and fitness center. Please use the residency/fellows group ID #21751 or rate plan RESF.
Eligibility for Certification
Eligibility requirements for certification are available from the American Board of Radiology.
Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Linda Fink, Program Coordinator
Allegheny General Hospital
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212