Program summaries should include information you have learned about a program, for example:

  • impressions of the PD, APDs, other faculty/attendings
  • impressions of the residents
  • culture of the program, pressure on residents to read quickly
  • exposure to procedures, how do readouts work, moonlighting available etc.
  • hospital characteristics: size, trauma, pediatric exposure, community/academic/mixed etc.
  • types/number of spots available, ESIR available
  • fellowship matches

Program Summaries

Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh
UPMC Medical Education Program
Aunt Minnie Best Radiologist Training Program 2019 semifinalist
Hospital: U.S. News 2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Rotate at multiple sites all within 10-15 minutes of each other. 2 are level I traumas, 1 is a community hospital in a low income neighborhood, 1 is women's hospital, 1 is peds, 1 VA (where a lot of hands on procedure opportunities are). Gives a huge variety of things to see
work 4-5 saturdays in r1, other than that, weekends off
PD is well loved by her residents
tons of procedures integrated within various rotations. can do dedicated body/msk/neuro/etc procedure electives in 4th year
US course to teach scanning/biopsies before breast imaging rotation
IR SIM course to get comfortable before starting IR
contrast coverage bootcamp before can begin babysitting in 2nd half of R1
tons of moonlighting. moonlighting shifts are built in to your schedule (~3/week) but residents say they get given away a lot, so if you want to do more you always can. other moonlighting shifts are prelims. minimum you make an extra 12K/yr with just assigned shifts, but some residents report 20K+.
they have a youtube vid to remind you of w.e you forget interview day lol (
residents all seem really nice and want to convince you to rank it at the tippy top
pitt cost of living is very reasonable and it's easy to buy a house
bus pass and free parking (10-15min walk to hospital) for residents
3 paid conferences/yr (get 3 days off to go) and must be podium presentations. 1 "freebie" conference is if it's poster presentation. i think conference funding is ~2K?
$4500 educational fund
$50 a month for call shift food starting in R2 (?)
AIRP tuition paid for
21 vacation days, federal holidays, 5 academic days off
facilities are nice
wellness committee organizes fun stuff ~once a month
residents teach each other physics and the feedback is good. each resident picks a different topic in physics to know and teaches all classes.
conferences are mostly attending-led at 7am T/W/Th (wed is IR conference). Residents decide who teaches them. noon conference everyday (?). mix of didactics and case-based hot seats.
resident feedback given mid-rotation and once a month (I believe this is a sit down with PD/APD). there's also monthly town hall meetings with all residents and PD/APD to discuss things that need to be changed. food is provided.
call shifts begin R2. "independent" in that it's 3 residents on call (2 seniors, 1 junior...2 are at presby, 1 is at CHP), and there is an attending available 24/7 but not on site. residents do all prelims and in the AM, attending signs off. if any major/minor discordance with your read and attendings final read, you will get an email. to learn from these, obviously need to follow up on the cases. residents report attendings are very open to discussing cases further via email or in person if you need more learning.
rotate at different sites so if you're not interested in moving around/not seeing your co-residents too often, might not be ideal
J-1 and H-1B