Clinical Training, Education & Research

Rotations

The Henry Ford Hospital Department of Radiology offers 9 categorical positions annually in our ACGME accredited Diagnostic Radiology Residency. These positions are for a five-year categorical residency with an integrated clinical internship year. Internship year is at Henry Ford Hospital, consisting of five months of Internal Medicine floors, one month of Emergency Medicine, and three electives (pulmonary/neurology consult and Ortho trauma clinic) Three months of active radiology training are included in the intern year. During radiology rotations, PGY-1 residents function as full members of the department and are responsible for interpreting exams and providing consultations for referring physicians.

Radiology rotations are divided into 4 week blocks, with a total of 13 rotations annually. Our clinical rotations are arranged to provide the resident with exposure to all radiologic subspecialties early in their training, including MR and procedural radiology.

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The majority of the clinical rotations occur at main campus; however, residents also rotate at our West Bloomfield campus and outpatient clinics at the New Center One Building complex in Detroit. Residents spend 3 months at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, as part of their pediatric rotation.

Education

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Noon conference is held daily from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. and is primarily case based. Afternoon didactic conferences are held Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. We employ a 2 year revolving didactic curriculum. Departmental board reviews for third year radiology residents (PGY-4) begin in February of each year. We have a 100% pass rate on the ABR core exam.

Henry Ford is privileged to offer a residency program in Medical Physics and our residents benefit from being taught by experts in the field. Our physics didactic curriculum is a revolving 2 year curriculum.

Our department co-sponsors the Visiting Professor program with several other southeast Michigan area hospitals. All radiology residents are excused from clinical responsibilities so that they may attend a 4-hour lecture delivered by various renowned speakers in Radiology throughout the year.

Research

Research is an integral component in medicine and residents are encouraged to answer their scientific questions with the full support of the department. Although the minimum residency research requirement is 1, many of our residents far exceed this number. Our program is well-represented at local, state, and national radiology meetings, with many research projects culminating as publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Please click on this link to view a sample of our department’s research accomplishments for the 2015 year.

Call responsibilities

Call responsibilities begin in March of the PGY-2 year. Residents are responsible for providing preliminary interpretations for a wide range of studies, as well as providing contrast reaction coverage. An attending staff radiologist is in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available to assist the on-call residents, as well as provide feedback in real time. Most preliminary reports are co-signed by the attending radiologist within the hour, which helps ensure timely and appropriate patient management. The various call shifts are listed below:

Call Shift Shift Times
Non-Holiday Weekday ER 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weekend Body CT/ ER 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Weekend Neuro CT 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We employ a night float system to provide overnight coverage. Night float call is taken in 6 consecutive overnight blocks. Overnight call begins at 9:00 p.m. with sign-out from the ER resident and ends at 7:00 a.m. Second and fourth year residents have 4 blocks of night float, while third year residents have 3 blocks of night float.

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