Tulane's Radiology Residency Program is designed to provide the optimal environment for training in Diagnostic Radiology. The program offers residents learning opportunities through participation in high quality clinical practice as well as instruction by the faculty in regularly scheduled conferences and didactic lectures. The clinical experience includes rotation through general diagnostic radiology and all specialty areas of imaging. Residents receive practical training at Tulane University Medical Center hospital as well as affiliated institutions. The variety of clinical settings helps to prepare the resident for both the diversification and specialization available in a career in radiology. The faculty lectures offer the resident organized teaching in all areas of diagnostic radiology. Graduates of this program are expected to be competent in all aspects of diagnostic radiology and have a firm foundation for fellowship pursuit in any subspecialty area. Clinical research experience is available to every resident and is encouraged and recognized. Elective experience is offered without competition from clinical fellows allowing the resident "mini-fellowship" experience in specific areas of interest. Residents actively participate in both formal and informal intra and interdepartmental conferences and presentations. This participation adds experience and insight towards future academic pursuit in radiology.
Residents rotate in four week intervals into defined teaching services. In most instances, services are related to organ system designation, e.g., chest, skeletal, abdomen, cardiovascular, and neurological. When necessary, technical classifications and other categories are pursued in a more specific manner such as nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology, and diagnostic ultrasound. Emphasis is placed on the basic areas of general diagnostic radiology during the first year of training with repeated opportunities for reinforcement of the basics throughout all four years of the program. In those areas where there are more than one resident assigned, the more senior resident has primary responsibility for work assignments, conference preparation and consultations. Night call is arranged on a schedule that places increased responsibilities on the residents as he/she progresses through the program. After one year of training, first year residents assume night call responsibilities with senior residents and faculty available for on call support. Elective experience is available for fourth year residents. Residents are instructed by faculty on a one-on-one basis, with faculty coverage provided by those with special interests and recognized expertise in each specific area. Residents and staff physicians function as a team for performance of procedures, PACS interpretation sessions, and interdepartmental conferences. Backup coverage for both residents and staff is prearranged on a designated basis. A monthly schedule of resident rotations is determined annually and structured to accommodate senior resident elective experiences. Both faculty and resident service coverage is posted weekly with accommodations made for vacations and other absences. The radiology faculty receives adequate time for academic pursuit to ensure that there is no conflict with clinical service and resident teaching responsibilities. All procedures are performed by residents only after sufficient basic instruction is received and there is always either direct or available faculty supervision as appropriate. While residents provide the majority of formal dictation, all reports are reviewed and countersigned by faculty members.
Residents rotate through New Orleans Children's Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center and the Veterans Administration. These rotations are assigned after the resident has received initial training at Tulane and are designed to add to the resident's clinical experience. All institutions have either Tulane or full time clinical faculty radiologist supervision. Tulane University Medical Center Radiology and the program's affiliated institutions perform over 300,000 procedures annually.
Tulane-Lakeside is a 119 bed hospital. Extensive training in Women's Imaging is provided at Tulane-Lakeside with faculty supervision. This hospital adds to the residents experience in mammography, ultrasound and special procedures. The hospital is well equipped with CT and ultrasound to handle the needs of patients at this facility.
New Orleans Children's Hospital is located approximately four miles from Tulane and offers the resident advanced training in pediatric radiology. The institution provides experience in chronic childhood diseases and subspecialty care such as orthopedic and neurological disease. The Tulane resident is allowed to improve technical skills in pediatric procedures and receive daily view box instruction from the attending pediatric radiologists.
The rotation at West Jefferson is in the section of interventional radiology. Training is provided by Fellowship trained radiologist with area of interventional Radiology and adds to the overall experience of the resident.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS) provides quality, compassionate, safe health care to Veteran patients throughout 23 parishes in southeast Louisiana. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans VAMC was devastated. SLVHCS reorganized to meet the needs of Veterans and now consists of eight community-based clinics located in New Orleans, Slidell, Hammond, St. John Parish, Houma, Franklin, Bogalusa and Baton Rouge. Ninety percent of patients live within 30 minutes of primary and mental health services. Specialty care is available through the New Orleans and Baton Rouge clinics and inpatient services are coordinated through community facilities and other Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Programs are available for special needs populations including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and spinal cord injury.
If the opportunities at Tulane University Health Sciences are of interest to you, contact us with any questions or concerns at the following address:
Mandy Wiedenhaft, M.D.
Program Director of Tulane Radiology Residency Program
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Radiology
Residency Program Coordinator
Tulane University Health Sciences
Radiology Department, 8654
1430 Tulane Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
The Tulane Department of Radiology offers a categorical 5-year residency-training program in Diagnostic Radiology, including all aspects of medical imaging. Four candidates are selected each year thorough the National Residency Matching Program. The internship (PGY-1) year will be preliminary Internal Medicine at Tulane Medical Center and it is automatically guaranteed for candidates who match into the radiology residency. The department does not regard sex, religion, or racial background when considering applicants for the residency program.
Applicants must be graduates of a medical school approved by the Council of Medical Education of the American Medical Association and they must be eligible to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana. Tulane University Medical Center Affiliated Hospitals participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applicants must be entered in the NRMP and ERAS programs. You can apply to the NRMP and the ERAS through your medical school dean's office. All IMG's must apply to the NRMP and the ERAS through the ECFMG.
Resident Eligibility Applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible for appointment to Tulane University residency programs;
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