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The first year of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program consists of a clinical year. If you are accepted at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center Diagnostic Radiology Program, a position in our Transitional Year Residency Program will automatically be made available to you. Completion of the ACGME clinical year will meet your preliminary year requirement. The next four years include rotations in Diagnostic Radiology (Gl, GU, Mammography, etc.), Computed Tomography, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Interventional Radiology. There is also a three-month rotation at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Pediatric Radiology.

Diagnostic Radiology residents benefit from the many conferences held at the hospital. There are teaching conferences and lectures daily in the department for all Diagnostic Radiology residents, as well as weekly physics lectures. Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is part of the Aurora Health Care system. There are Aurora sponsored residency programs in Transitional Year, Diagnostic Radiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Family Practice - as well as fellowships in Cardiology (Interventional Cardiology, EP, Heartfailure), MRI Imaging, Gastroenterology and Geriatrics.

Diagnostic Radiology residents are expected to participate along with the hospital staff and residents from other programs in hospital-wide conferences such as Tumor Board and a variety of specialty conferences. In addition, Diagnostic Radiology residents are allotted four months of elective time to be divided amongst their fourth year in order to pursue specialty interests and are allotted one of the four elective months to spend time in a private practice setting outside of Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

Diagnostic Radiology residents are provided funding to attend a national meeting or review course during the R2, R3 and R4 years. The annual education fund for each Diagnostic Radiology resident should cover the cost of this meeting. Diagnostic Radiology residents are also given the opportunity to attend a portion of the Radiologic Society of North America annual meeting when it is held in Chicago, Illinois. A research fund is provided to residents who publish a paper to cover the cost to present at a national conference. Finally, all Diagnostic Radiology residents have the opportunity to spend four weeks in Washington, D.C., attending the AIRP (formally AFIP) review course during their third year of training. Separate funds are provided to cover travel expenses, tuition, and an apartment for the AIRP 4-week course.

The Department of Radiology maintains its own library, including a collection of current texts, RSNA DVD's, ACR online access, E-Anatomy, StatDx/RADPrimer, and MyPACS electronic teaching files. The residency has up-to-date computers, wireless Internet access, and laptop. Each resident receives a yearly stipend for electronic educational equipment. Resident membership for the Milwaukee Roentgen Ray Society is funded.


Resident Master Schedule:


Body - 8 wks, Neuro - 8 wks, NM - 4 wks, US - 10 wks, Fluoro - 12 wks, ED - 8 wks, MSK- 2-4 wks


Body - 8 wks, Neuro - 8 wks, NM - 4 wks, Cardiac/Vascular - 4 wks, IR - 8 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, ED - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, Float - 4 wks, Fluoro - 4 wks, MSK - 4 wks


Body - 4 wks, Neuro - 4 wks, NM - 4 wks, Fluoro - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, IR - 4 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, ED - 4 wks, Float - 4 wks, AIRP - 4 wks, Vascular - 8 wks, OB - 4 wks


Body - 4 wks, Neuro - 4 wks, NM - 4 wks, Mammo - 4 wks, IR - 4 wks, Childrens - 4 wks, Cardiac/Vascular - 4 wks, OB - 4 wks, Float - 8 wks, Elective - 16 wks


Description of Rotation:


Fluoro rotation includes basic studies as esophagrams, upper GI's, barium enemas, myelograms, lumbar punctures, arthrograms, etc.


US rotation includes broad range of vascular, abdominal, and pelvic ultrasound. Formal OB/US training is provided at Aurora Sinai by perinatologists.


CT, plain film, MRI of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. Great variety of pathology and complexity.


Vast MRI experience including DTI mapping, FMRI, perfusion MRI.


ER rotation is a single month rotation supporting the emergency department. Great variety of types of studies and pathology.


Hands on experience, working side by side with attending radiologist in reading screening and diagnostic mammograms and performing biopsies and needle localizations.


NucMed rotation includes diagnostic scans, therapeutic radiotherapy, and PET/CT. In addition, many cardiovascular NM exams are still performed in the radiology department.


Peds rotation is completed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, approximately 10 minutes from Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.


Rotation includes the interpretation of coronary CT, cardiac MR, CT-angiography, MR-angiography as well as CT colonography.


IR rotation offers a very extensive hands-on opportunity for residents including vascular access, drainage procedures, angiography, kyphoplasty, ablation techniques, chemoembolization and more.


Rotation involves providing resident coverage in all modalities of the reading room.


Broad range of MSK MR, CT. Opportunity for high volume with available studies from surrounding Aurora sites.