A Year-by-Year Look At Our Program

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  • PGY II
  • In the PGY-2 year, residents begin their radiology training on day one by dictating studies immediately. Residents rotate through all of the core building blocks prior to starting call, with an upper level rotating with them on abdomen, chest, and MSK. First year radiology residents (PGY 2) are never unsupervised and begin taking weekend day call half way through the year side-by-side with an attending and an upper level resident.  Residents will have rotations at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC) and Valleywise Health.  The typical PGY-2 schedule is as follows:

    Year 1

    • 8 weeks – Abdomen X-ray/CT
    • 8 weeks – Musculoskeletal X-ray/CT
    • 8 weeks – Chest/Cardiac CT
    • 4 weeks – Ultrasound
    • 4 weeks – Pediatrics
    • 4 weeks – Neuroradiology CT
    • 4 weeks – Neuroradiology MRI
    • 4 weeks – Nuclear Medicine
    • 4 weeks – Emergency Radiology
    • 4 weeks – Interventional Radiology
  • PGY III
  • Second year radiology residents (PGY 3) begin to take evening call with in-house faculty supervision and overnight call with attending radiologists a phone call away. PGY-3’s are able to begin developing their leadership skills by providing guidance and mentorship to first year radiology residents and medical students. The typical PGY-3 schedule includes the following rotations:

    Years 2 – 3

    Includes core rotations as well as rotations in the following areas:

    • Body MRI
    • Cardiac and Chest MRI
    • Musculoskeletal MRI
    • Night Float
    • Spine Intervention
    • Women’s Imaging
  • PGY IV
  • Third year radiology residents (PGY IV) are able to further explore subspecialties within radiology throughout the year. Third year residents act as mentors to the first and second year residents and are able to explore leadership roles. The third year call schedule is much less intense than the second year call schedule and is front-loaded to allow residents ample time to study for the CORE exam at the end of the year.

  • PGY V
  • Fourth year radiology residents (PGY V) act as leaders and mentors throughout the year. They are able to customize their fourth year to their subspecialty of choice and have a high degree of freedom when choosing rotation schedules.