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About Rush University
Philosophy
General Information
Clinical Activities and Staffing
Equipment
Scholarly Activities
Teaching File and Library Facilities
Visiting Professors
Journal Club
Teaching Opportunities
On Call
Salaries and Benefits

Philosophy

Following the principles and ideals of Rush University Medical Center and Rush Medical College, the training program in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine provides educational opportunities in an environment that emphasizes individual competence and compassionate patient care. Our radiology faculty seeks to foster logical, orderly thought and the sound application of knowledge in the diagnosis of disease, while encouraging a sense of responsibility for humanitarian and ethical concerns.

General Information

Rush is located on Chicago's near West Side. For more information about the Medical Center, see the About Rush section of this site. Physicians and scientists at the Medical Center are involved in more than 1,600 separate research projects, which bring in nearly $60 million annually to support investigation in basic science, clinical science and combined activities. These endeavors are essential for fostering an intellectually stimulating atmosphere and a scholarly approach to the practice of medicine. Rush and its affiliated institutions offer students the opportunity to observe and experience the full range of medical care, from office-based physician care to complex care for critically ill patients. The Medical Center offers health promotion, preventive services, rehabilitation, home health care and hospice care all vital for physician training and patient service.

Clinical Activities and Staffing

More than 124,000 radiographic/imaging examinations and over 23,000 nuclear medicine studies are performed in the hospital department annually. In addition to their hospital experience, residents rotate through selected subspecialty areas in the outpatient office across the street from the main hospital building. This office, Affiliated Radiologists, SC, is staffed by attending radiologists and offers experience with a different patient population than in the hospital. Imaging studies at Affiliated Radiologists number more than 93,000 per year. Second-year residents spend eight weeks consecutively at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The experiences at a dedicated children's hospital serve to broaden their exposure to children's problems.

The residency program fosters competence and confidence in its trainees by emphasizing active participation in image interpretation and the performance of radiologic procedures. These activities are under the close supervision of a full staff of attending radiologists. Residents interpret cases independently; their interpretations are reviewed by an attending radiologist in "one-on-one" teaching sessions throughout four years of residency.

Residents obtain extensive, supervised, "hands on" experience in the performance of angiographic and interventional procedures, ultrasonic scanning and the operation of magnetic resonance imagers, as well as in the performance of more traditional procedures, such as gastrointestinal examinations and arthrography.

Equipment

Equipment at Rush and Affiliated Radiologists is state-of-the-art. There are four CT scanners including two in the outpatient facility. There are two MR imaging units in the hospital and one MR scanner in the outpatient facility. There are state-of-the-art scanners in the ultrasound section and in the vascular lab, all of which have color Doppler instrumentation. Development of modular cylindrical SPECT (McSPECT) for high-resolution brain SPECT imaging is true cutting-edge technology.

Scholarly Activities

The time demands of the clinical training program are heavy. Nonetheless, residents are encouraged to join in the research and educational activities of the department. Many residents are involved, but research projects are not mandatory for residents.

Teaching File and Library Facilities

Members of the Department of Radiology maintain teaching files that contain more than 4,000 pathologically proven cases from the Medical Center. The file is divided according to subspecialties, with each section director having the responsibility for updating and maintaining his or her own portion of the file. The department owns the entire American College of Radiology teaching file on film, and has both videodisc and CD-ROM players for review of the ACR learning files and other educational materials. The departmental library (Faye Squire Memorial Radiology Library) contains an extensive selection of audiovisual materials, essential journals and textbooks. The library of Rush University, one of the oldest libraries in the city of Chicago, houses more than 93,000 volumes and currently subscribes to more than 2,050 journals. Books and periodicals are readily accessible in open stacks, with quiet reading areas nearby. There is a rare book area that consists of three rooms, including the large, domed, circular Benjamin Rush Room, which houses more than 3,000 volumes.

The McCormick Learning Resources Center provides students, residents, faculty and staff the opportunity to use a variety of audiovisual and structural techniques, individually or in small groups. The Learning Resource Center's collection of tapes and other media numbers more than 3,000, including up-to-date sets of the Lucy Squire Radiology series, a valuable source of radiologic wisdom for both students and residents.

Visiting Professors

Outstanding scholars in radiology from other institutions and experts from associated clinical departments at Rush participate actively in our educational program. Clinical correlation is emphasized throughout the resident?s training. As a result of the outstanding reputation of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Rush, physicians are pleased to be invited to our department to teach. A newly endowed lectureship series to honor John Clark, MD, former Section Chief of Thoracic Radiology, will add to the opportunities for internationally known experts both in radiology and clinical medicine to visit our department.

Journal Club

Several sections in the department conduct a periodic Journal Club conference. These conferences allow members of the service to review and critically recent journal articles. The critical analysis is presented to the faculty and the house officer members of the section.

Teaching Opportunities

Our department provides an elective clerkship for students at Rush Medical College. The rotation is one of the most desired clerkships in the medical school because of the active interest of the radiology residents and faculty in student teaching. Residents have an opportunity to participate in intensive one-on-one and group teaching of medical students and fellow postgraduates who opt to spend elective time in diagnostic radiology.

The Interventional Radiology Elective is a student clerkship that exposes the student to interventional radiology with emphasis on patient care. Both nonvascular and vascular interventional examinations are performed on inpatients and outpatients. The Correlative Imaging Elective exposes the student to ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging with emphasis on correlation of radiologic findings.

On-Call

We have implemented a new "night float" call system. This system involves two residents on call from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. A third resident then relieves these "short call" residents, and works through the next morning until approximately 10 a.m. First-year residents take the short call ("buddy call") for the first six months of their residency. There are also attending radiologists, fellows and senior residents providing back-up call coverage 7 day a week. First-, second- and third-year residents participate in this dual call system.

Salaries and Benefits

Rush offers its residents a competitive salary; for information, contact the Graduate Medical Education office at (312) 942-5495. Other benefits include long-term disability coverage, life insurance, a nominal fee for pharmaceuticals, health insurance, free dental insurance, free laundry and uniform maintenance, free parking at the Medical Center garage, two weeks paid maternity/paternity leave (may be combined with unused vacation to a total of six weeks) and meal reimbursement when on first call. Residents are allowed three weeks of paid vacation and one week of educational leave each year, as approved by the program director and the departmental chair. The two senior residents who are elected as chief residents attend the American Association of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology meeting annually with expenses paid by the department.




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