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. The hospital is now known for its general and specialty services, including:
Pennsylvania Hospital also has expanding programs for cancer, cardiac care, both gamma knife and cyberknife radiosurgery, and bloodless medicine and surgery. The hospital has over 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits each year, including over 5,200 births. Planned expansion in the next four-to-five years will add a new 12 story outpatient facility and will allow the hospital to offer private rooms to all patients.
The Department of Radiology is a full-service department with a full complement of imaging services in all areas. We have the full array of radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, all nuclear imaging capabilities, two multislice CT scanners, a PET/CT scanner, two interventional suites, six sonography and three 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 were upgraded in September 2009.
Recent extensive renovations give the department many new facilities and a beautiful modern appearance. Renovations to the dedicated resident space completed in the past year have created a quite, private resident office with fully equipped study carrels in addition to a comfortable, spacious area for group study and relaxation.
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
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, as our objective is to concentrate 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 have academic appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital and its residency operate independently with all administrative and operational management at Pennsylvania Hospital. Being a component of the University of Pennsylvania Health System does offer our department the ability to share some faculty and provide our residents with some core rotations, elective rotations, and research opportunities at our sister institution, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Resident reading a case
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 full academic program will prepare the resident for the American Board of Radiology Core Examination that will be taken at the end of the third year, affording considerable elective time in the fourth year for the resident to gain subspecialty skills. Two conferences are held daily in our fully equipped Radiology Conference Room and cover all areas of diagnostic radiology through a comprehensive curriculum. Residents prepare cases and topics for presentation at our weekly Case Conference, which is attended by all residents and staff. The department participates in several regular interdisciplinary conferences with active resident participation. There is a very successful Visiting Professor program. Our Non-Imaging Curriculum provides instruction in various topics including ethics, business, 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. Resident education is supported by a large intradepartmental library and abundant internet access. The department also purchases subscriptions to provide residents with individual on-line access to several learning tools, such as StatDx and RadPrimer.
Residents are required to participate in research projects and scholarly activities. Financial support is provided to permit residents to present their research at national radiological meetings. 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 many choose to live within walking distance, avoiding a commute (especially beneficial when one is tired post-call) and providing them the opportunity to conveniently partake in the historical, cultural and vibrant life of our city. Many of our staff also live near the hospital. Alternatively, since there is convenient highway and public transportation access to the hospital, residents may choose to live elsewhere in the city or its surrounding suburbs.
We could go on and on and yet fail to convey all the advantages of training at our institution. We hope we have answered many of your initial questions and encourage you to contact us if we have not. We urge you to consider joining our program and look forward to receiving your application.