Information for Radiology Applicants
Welcome HF Radiology Applicants!
The Henry Ford Hospital Department of Radiology offers 9 categorical positions annually (8 DR, 1 IR/DR) in our ACGME accredited Diagnostic Radiology Residency. These positions are for a five-year categorical residency with an integrated clinical year. The clinical year is at Henry Ford Hospital, where you will have the unique opportunity to review and dictate cases in three different areas of radiology just like you will as a full-time resident. Five months of Internal Medicine floors, one month of Emergency Medicine, and electives (pulmonary and neurology consults and Ortho trauma clinic) comprise the remainder of the year.
Henry Ford offers a plethora of cases, with over 1,100,000 studies performed annually. The department operates in a completely paperless, filmless environment.
The department utilizes state of the art technology, with numerous multislice CT scanners including CT fluoroscopy for procedures, multiplane fluoroscopy, numerous 3T and 1.5T MRI machines and a 1T open MRI magnet. Digital breast tomosynthesis is also being installed in three Henry Ford facilities for high quality, 3D breast cancer screening which has recently been FDA approved. A new fluoroscopy suite has also been added for interventional and vascular procedures, capable of producing very high resolution 3D angiography and vessel mapping for tumor embolization and other endovascular procedures.
Cross-sectional interventional experience is introduced early in the Body department with CT and Ultrasound guided procedures, followed by advanced musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, vascular and breast interventions utilizing CT, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, MRI, and MR-Ultrasound fusion guidance technologies.
Our staff are >90% fellowship trained, and teach extensively at the workstation and during our regular conferences. We also have exceptional physics training as Henry Ford houses one of the few medical imaging physics fellowships in the country. We have had a 100% boards pass rate for the CORE examination thus far.
Our residents send preliminary reads independently of staff on call and overnight, and our 24 hour in-house staff sign the final reports within the hour.
Please explore our website to familiarize yourself with our program. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our residency program coordinators, Kahtara B. Richardsen or Christina Rudds.
We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to hearing from you.
Exceptional Training Opportunities at HFH
Thanks to the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, our cardiac imaging rotation involves interpretation of multiple daily cardiac MRI and CT studies with great vascular experience. Images are read and interpreted side-by-side with interpretation and interdisciplinary teaching by both Radiology and Cardiology staff. Similarly, cardiac imaging in nuclear medicine is collaboratively reported with the cardiology department with regular, daily teaching. Our radiology department remains responsible for cardiac CT and MRI dictations, and we have an excellent interdepartmental teaching and referral relationships with our cardiologists.
Our Simulation Center offers hands on training with procedures and ultrasound to supplement patient experience and is available to all residents. Hands on training includes interventional procedures, ultrasound procedures and core training such as contrast reactions and in-service events.
The Hermelin Brain Tumor Center is another uniquely excellent source of high quality, rare pathology not seen by most regional centers. We have both standard of care and bleeding edge research based treatment protocols with frequent imaging follow-up for brain tumors of all types, as well as many head and neck and spine tumors. This provides a circumferentially excellent neuro-oncologic imaging experience
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute is also an industry leader in oncologic management and we receive frequent imaging requests for common cancers as well as rare oncologic, hematologic and other pathologies.
Lastly, our Henry Ford Transplant Institute is a large transplant referral center, performing a large number of Kidney, liver, pancreas, bowel, and multivisceral transplantations annually. These cases require constant follow-up and frequent imaging, and normal appearances and common complications of these transplants are imaged and interpreted on a routine basis by our residents.
Henry Ford radiology also has complete training in Obstetrical Ultrasound due to close collaboration with Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology referrers. Unlike most hospitals in the United States, first, second and third trimester ultrasound is performed and interpreted by the Radiology department at Henry Ford.
IR-DR (Interventional and Diagnostic Pathway)
We have received approval of core programs from the ACGME, and we conducted our first IR/DR interviews in 2016. We continue to interview for one IR/DR position annually.
Henry Ford Radiology Residency is working to be a leader in the future of the IR/DR pathway. Our interventional division and diagnostic divisions have planned curricula, rotation schedules, and integration of new transitional year rotations to provide a well-rounded, interventional radiology centric program option. We have also increased the number of options for our current diagnostic residents.
The IR-DR pathway concept was introduced in 2012, and has been under active development by the ABR. This pathway allows students to apply directly to an IR focused residency, and still obtain diagnostic radiology training required to be board certified after residency.
ESIR (Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology)
We have also received approval from the ACGME for ESIR designation. Completion of an ESIR track allows entry into the 2nd year of independent interventional radiology residency, decreasing the total training time to six years from seven years.
ESIR training is completed during a diagnostic radiology residency. It requires at least eight interventional radiology rotations, one ICU rotation, and up to three interventional radiology-related rotations during the R1(PGY-2) - R4(PGY-5) years. It also requires at least 500 interventional radiology or interventional radiology-related procedures.
Additional Henry Ford Health System Policies
No Smoking: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, HFHS will no longer enroll/hire residents and fellows who use products containing nicotine. The nicotine test will be administered as part of the pre-employment health screen. Testing positive is a failure to meet the conditions of employment and considered a violation of the HFHS employment contract and match agreement. Applicants who test positive for nicotine will not be allowed to start their program. They may be re-tested in 90 days, but programs will not be obligated to hold the position for the applicant.
Flu Shots: Henry Ford employees who work in clinical and non-clinical positions are required to receive an annual flu vaccination. This applies to all residents and fellows, as well as physicians, nurses, students, transporters, volunteers, housekeepers, clerical, lab and dietary staff and employees in non-clinical positions. Employees may only decline vaccination if they provide documentation of an acceptable medical or religious reason.
*While Henry Ford Health System is affiliated with Wayne State University, the Henry Ford Hospital Radiology Residency program is a separate residency program from the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Radiology Residency program.*