Medical students go through various clinical rotations, soaking in information from attending physicians and trying to figure out what specialty will best fit their talents and life goals. Those who enjoy the challenge of diagnostics via MRIs, CT scans, and tomosynthesis might decide that radiology is the right fit.
Radiologists-to-be are lucky in that they have a number of world-class radiology residency programs to which they can apply. Around the country there are more than 100 programs benefiting from innovative leaders and cutting edge technology, such as enterprise medical imaging systems, as they teach radiologists of the future.
It was hard to choose only five of those stellar programs to highlight in this year’s list of top radiology residency programs. We scoured lists and rankings from U.S. News and other references to pinpoint which five seemed to be strong programs across the board.
With that in mind, here are five top radiology programs in no particular order.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. The radiology residency program at Johns Hopkins has a strong reputation for conducting high-quality patient care and being a well-known leader in research. Residents benefit from working in a clinical building that opened in the spring of 2012 and includes new diagnostic and interventional radiology facilities. This program got the second highest number of votes from a physician survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Experts in all areas of radiology consult with specialists in other departments to “provide the best care to every patient every day.” Radiologists work with state-of-the-art equipment, assisted by skilled technologists and nurses, to perform and interpret more than 1 million examinations yearly. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in the imaging and treatment of diseases affecting patients of all ages. Mayo was number five on the U.S. News survey.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Their educational mission is to train clinically excellent academic radiologists who will demonstrate superb communication skills and professionalism; who are reflective about their abilities; and who are able to navigate any healthcare system successfully for the betterment of patient care and — through scholarly pursuits — play a leading role in advancing the discipline of radiology. The program is fourth on a list compiled by The Student Doctor Network.
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St Louis. Two radiology residency program tracks are offered, one that’s diagnostic and one that focuses on research. The diagnostic program emphasizes opportunities for one-on-one teaching and more interaction between previewing residents and attending radiologists. The school is listed in the top 10 programs on findthebest.com radiology programs, which looks at MCAT scores, GPA, acceptance rate and faculty-to-student ratios.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The radiology residency program at the university is focused on teaching and has strong clinical and research programs. Radiology residents train in a range of diagnostic and interventional procedures, enjoying a high faculty-to-student ratio. This program was seventh on The Student Doctor Network’s list.
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