The residents get extensive practical experience in the performance and interpretation of the entire gamut of imaging techniques. Throughout the residents' 4 years of training every case is reviewed with an attending radiologist. All final dictation reports are approved and signed by the reviewing staff radiologist.
During normal work hours, studies must first be reviewed by a staff member before they are dictated by the resident. In the first year of training, residents have at least a one month rotation in every area of radiology for which they will be responsible when on night and weekend coverage. As the resident gains more experience, he/she is more actively involved in decision making and in the performance of procedures.
The residents must pass a credentialing exam in emergency radiology near the end of their first year before they take solo call. First year residents are never alone in the Emergency Room. When the residents take call, a staff radiologist is present in the Emergency Radiology area until 8 PM. When the staff radiologist leaves, the resident has the opportunity to provide solo interpretations and to perform emergency ultrasound and fluoroscopic procedures, with the security that backup staff from all divisions of the department are available for telephone or on-site consultation, and for the performance of special procedures.
All resident on-call examinations and interpretations are reviewed by staff radiologists the following morning and feedback is provided to the resident. The resident on night float has no daytime clinical responsibilities. There is no night call during the last 6 months of the residency program.