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
North Carolina - Winston-Salem
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Program
Aunt Minnie Best Radiologist Training Program 2019 semifinalist
- very strong clinical training - resident run program with independent call
- residents spoke extremely highly of the PD. Seems like she really goes to bat for the residents and does a great job making sure their training is the priority of the entire department.
- "tiered call system" - R1s start night float in Jan. The 1st 6 months of residency the R1s focus of plain films and head CTs which is what they are responsible for reading during the first 12 months of call
- 2 R4s have a designated rotation to cover 5pm-11pm before the 2 night float residents start. These shifts can also be picked up for internal moonlighting
- high procedural volume for DR residents. They only take one integrated IR resident and don't have other IR fellows / independent residents to compete with for procedures.
...My impression was that Wake Forest had the best quality clinical training of anywhere I interviewed last year. They work hard, but as Dr. Geer (PD) said, when you graduate, you're prepared to work at a "partner-level" in private practice on day 1. The R4s & fellows I talked with agreed with this, said they felt very prepared clinically.
- location - if you're looking for a bigger city Winston-Salem isn't the spot for you
- call is 7 days straight of night float. Sat night through Fri night. Shift is from 11pm-7am. Seems like programs that have a month of night float allow for an easier / more flexible schedule
- double edge sword of being in a high volume, resident run program. Residents didn't seem like they were over worked or only there to churn studies but might be a negative if you're looking for a place where you can take things at a slower pace while you work
yes - not 100% sure on details but sounded like it was primarily available to R3s and R4s. Both contrast coverage and evening / weekend call shifts are available