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About Rush University

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 world-class educational opportunities in an environment that emphasizes individual competence and compassionate patient care.

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.
 
Rush has a long history and outstanding reputation in Radiology, being the third medical center in the United States to obtain CT scanners, and the first in Chicago with MRI, PET-CT and Gamma cameras. Today, our brand new Boler Center for Advanced Imaging is one of the most advanced Radiology departments in the country.
 
Physicians and scientists at the Medical Center are involved in more than 1,600 research projects. Rush and its affiliated institutions offer residents the opportunity to observe and experience the full range of medical care, from office-based physician care to complex care for critically ill patients at a large urban tertiary medical center. 

Clinical Activities and Staffing

More than 332,000 radiology examinations are performed in the hospital department annually, giving Rush residents one of the highest case volumes per capita. Some of our departments have the highest volume in the city, including advanced neuroradiology and interventional. In addition to this inpatient 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 three months consecutively at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, one of the highest rated children’s hospitals in the country.

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, with one of the highest faculty to resident ratios in the country. Residents interpret cases independently; their interpretations are reviewed by an attending radiologist in "one-on-one" teaching sessions throughout all 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 in a brand new, state of the art department.

Equipment

Our brand new Boler Center for Advanced Imaging is one of the most advanced Radiology departments in the country. With our close partnership with Siemens, equipment at Rush is state-of-the-art. There are eleven CT scanners including several that are cutting edge dual energy “Flash” machines, seven MR imaging units including mobile MRI and the latest in 3T “Magnetom” variants, and state-of-the-art ultrasound including the latest ACUSON units.  Development of modular cylindrical SPECT (McSPECT) for high-resolution brain SPECT imaging is true cutting-edge technology.  Our Interventional Radiology department, one of the busiest in Illinois, sits on a large interventional platform; one of only three in the U.S.  The Boler Center for Advanced Imaging contains 14 brand new, state-of-the-art angiographic/interventional suites.

Scholarly Activities

Time demands of the residency training program are heavy, as expected. Nonetheless, all residents are encouraged to join in the plethora of research and educational activities of the department. Most residents are actively involved, although research projects are not mandatory at Rush.

Teaching File and Library Facilities

Rush Radiology residents have full unabridged access to GE PACS, StatDX, Amirsys teaching files, Up-to-Date and IMAIOS both at the medical center and at home. Members of the Department of Radiology maintain teaching files that contain more than 4,000 pathologically proven cases from the Medical Center's history. The department owns the entire American College of Radiology teaching file and ACR learning files. The departmental library (Faye Squire Memorial Radiology Library) contains an extensive selection of audiovisual materials, essential journals and textbooks. The McCormick Learning Resources Center provides students, residents, faculty and staff the opportunity to use a variety of audiovisual and structural techniques. The Learning Resource Center's collection of media numbers more than 3,000, including up-to-date sets of the Lucy Squire Radiology series.

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 and online, with quiet reading areas and plenty of room for resident study both in the department and at Rush.

Visiting Professors

Outstanding scholars in radiology from other institutions and experts from associated clinical departments at Rush participate actively in our educational program. Prominent guest lecturers, such as Ann Osborne, M.D., are frequent visitors. 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 often invited to our department to teach.

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 medical 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. You will have an opportunity as a resident to participate in intensive one-on-one and group teaching of medical students, fellow postgraduates and visiting scholars from other countries who opt to spend elective time in diagnostic radiology.

On-Call

We seek to foster a fair and balanced lifestyle in residency, and this includes call. The department has implemented a night float system which involves two residents on call from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. A third resident relieves these short call residents at 9 p.m. and works until approximately 7 a.m. These night float rotations are limited to the second and third year of residency. First-year residents participate in the short call ("buddy call") for part of their first year. There are attending radiologists, fellows and senior residents providing back-up call coverage 7 day a week at your disposal. All attendings, fellows and residents at Rush have home PACS capability. First-, second- and third-year residents participate in this dual call system.

Salaries and Benefits

Rush offers its residents a highly 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, premier individual and family health insurance, dental insurance, free laundry and uniform maintenance, free covered garage parking at the Medical Center, two weeks paid maternity/paternity leave (may be combined with unused vacation to a total of six weeks), a $300/year book fund, $1000/year scholarly activity fund, and meal reimbursement. Residents are allowed four weeks of paid vacation and one week of educational leave each year, as approved by the program director and the departmental chair. Residents during the third year spend one month in Washington D.C. at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology near the National Institute of Health, with flight and expenses paid by the department. The two senior residents who are elected as chief residents also attend the American Association of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology meeting annually with expenses also paid by the department.

 



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