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:
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:
To meet these objects, the program is organized into subspecialty units, which residents are assigned for 4 week intervals, including:
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.
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency program is part of the graduate medical education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about graduate medical education.