Pennsylvania Hospital Radiology
Associate Program Director
Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital, is a 515-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. The hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond to care for "the sick-poor and insane of Philadelphia." For more than 250 years the hospital has been located at the same site — at 8th and Spruce Streets in the historic Society Hill district of Philadelphia. Part of the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine, the hospital is now known for general and specialty services including:
Pennsylvania Hospital also has expanding programs for cancer, cardiac care, gamma knife and cyberknife radiotherapy, and bloodless medicine/surgery. The hospital has over 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits each year, including over 5,200 births. Our brand new 12 story outpatient facility is state of the art, allowing the hospital to continue the renovations toward all private rooms. Phase I of this project has been completed with all private postpartum patient rooms.
The Department of Radiology performs the full complement of imaging services in all areas. We have the complete array of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, all nuclear imaging capabilities, a PET/CT scanner, and three state of the art CT scanners including a 128 dual source machine, two interventional suites, six sonography suites and four MRI units. Our Women's Imaging Center provides digital mammography, breast ultrasound, DEXA scanning, biopsies (both stereotactic and ultrasound guided) and breast MRI. We are fully computerized, and our PACS and voice recognition dictation systems have received recent updates.
Recent extensive renovations give the department many new facilities and a modern appearance. Renovations to our resident space created a dedicated resident office with fully equipped study carrels in addition to a comfortable, spacious area for group study and relaxation. Upcoming improvements to interventional radiology include a multimillion dollar IR suite renovation and renovation to the patient holding area.
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is a four-year program and provides all requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Each incoming group consists of five residents, and we have a total resident census of 20. Prior to matriculation, each resident must have completed a year of clinical graduate medical education in a program acceptable to the American Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Radiology. We have no fellows in the department; our efforts are focused exclusively on the education and welfare of our residents.
Pennsylvania Hospital is historically related to the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. All faculty members in the Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital are active academically in the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
Our Faculty and Staff
Resident reading a case
The Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital and its residency operate independently with all administrative and operational management at Pennsylvania Hospital. A majority of our faculty are based primarily at Pennsylvania Hospital with other faculty sharing time throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Similarly our residents spend the majority of their time at Pennsylvania Hospital while spending time at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as the best educational opportunities allow.
We provide a comprehensive orientation program to optimally begin each entering resident's experience. Clinical rotations are provided in all areas of radiology under the supervision of fully subspecialized faculty with long-standing interest and experience in teaching residents. Our academic program prepares the resident for the American Board of Radiology Core Examination that is taken at the end of the third year, then affords considerable elective and mini-fellowship time in the fourth year for the resident to gain subspecialty skills. Two conferences are held daily in our fully digital conference room and cover all areas of diagnostic and interventional radiology through a comprehensive curriculum. Residents prepare cases and topics for presentation at weekly Case Conference, attended by residents and staff. The department participates in several regular interdisciplinary conferences with active resident participation. We have a very successful Visiting Professor program. Our Non-Imaging Curriculum provides instruction in various topics including ethics, patient safety, professionalism, health care and radiology econonimics, personal finance and national issues affecting patient care.
Residents learn pediatric radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; they attend the Radiologic Pathology course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Washington, DC. Full physics instruction is provided, and most residents choose to attend a physics course. Resident education is supported by a large intradepartmental library and abundant internet access. The department also provides residents with individual on-line access to learning tools including StatDx and RadPrimer.
All residents participate in research projects and scholarly activities, tailored to individual interests and strengths. Residents have opportunities to collaborate with faculty both within Pennsylvania Hospital and throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Financial support is provided for residents attending national and regional meetings to present research and educational exhibits. In addition, residents are also supported to attend one national meeting or course during the residency, typically in the last year.
Residents share on-call responsibilities in an equitable manner. We instituted a very successful night float system in July 2009. Junior residents spend time with senior residents to gain needed experience before assuming full call responsibility. The call resident always has full back-up by attending staff for image interpretation and procedure supervision.
The Society Hill district of Philadelphia is a beautiful and safe residential area. Residents can readily afford near-by housing, and those who do can conveniently partake in the historical, cultural and vibrant life of our city. Many of our staff live within walking distance for the same reasons. Alternatively residents living elsewhere in the city and surrounding suburbs benefit from the extensive interstate and public transportation systems focused on center city.
We would go on and on and yet fail to convey all the advantages our residents enjoy training at our institution. We hope we have answered many initial questions and encourage you to contact us if you have more. We hope you strongly consider our program and look forward to receiving your application.