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Department of Radiology Residency

Dedicated to producing the next generation of top-notch clinical radiologists, the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology residency program provides intensive training in all subspecialty areas and modalities of imaging, including a comprehensive experience with interventional techniques.

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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology residency program has a total of 38 residents. 11 appointments will be made for each July 1, renewable at yearly intervals for four years. Appointments begin after the completion of at least one year of postgraduate training in a clinical internship. Training in all subspecialty areas and modalities of radiology is offered, including a comprehensive experience with interventional techniques.

The Department of Radiology is dedicated to training top-notch clinical radiologists who will practice in a variety of academic and private settings. One of our goals is to train the next generation of academic radiologists, who will continue to contribute to the specialty and expand the frontiers of medical imaging. Opportunities for resident participation in basic and clinical research are provided. Ninety percent of our residents pursue fellowship training, both through the focused year during the residency and additional fellowship training. Many of our residents elect to stay at Mass General for their fellowship training through one of several ACGME-certified and other fellowship programs.

Residents are evaluated after the completion of each rotation by a written report submitted to the Program Director by division members. These reports are reviewed with the resident by the Program Director in semiannual meetings or more frequently as necessary. Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback on each rotation, and these recommendations are often quickly incorporated to further improve the program.

Trainees are assured opportunities to acquire a broad range of diagnostic skills in angiography and neuroradiology, as well as to participate in vascular embolization, percutaneous biopsies, abscess drainage, and other interventional procedures.

Residents actively participate in the Harvard Medical School clinical clerkships in radiology at Mass General, serving as teachers, tutors, and mentors to students enrolled in the clerkship and introducing medical students to the practice of radiology. Residents are also given appointments as clinical fellows at Harvard Medical School, which allows them access to the Harvard library system, athletic facilities, and Harvard bookstore discounts.

Second and third year residents serve as radiologic discussants at morbidity and mortality rounds for the Department of Medicine, as well as for the Pathology department’s weekly autopsy conference. The in-training examination prepared by the American College of Radiology is administered during the first, second and third years of residency. The results provide a self-evaluation of both the department's and the resident's accomplishments. Courses in both basic and advanced life saving (BLS and ACLS) are offered within the department periodically.

Why Mass General Radiology?

The Mass General Department of Radiology is uniquely positioned to provide exposure to a wide variety of disease states, a critical component of radiology training:

  • Mass General serves as a general hospital for the local Boston area.
  • Satellite imaging centers further increase our coverage of outpatient centers and urgent care clinics.
  • Mass General draws referrals for subspecialty care from all over the world, providing exposure to rare and newly described diseases.
  • An established teleradiology practice allows residents to see cases from around the country and around the world.

The Department of Radiology has long been dedicated to the training of future radiologists. It was the first in the country to establish a residency training program. Resident education is given a high priority by the staff, which consists of approximately 100 radiologists. The formal training program is closely integrated with the latest advances occurring in the radiologic care of patients.

The department is physically and administratively divided into divisions, largely according to organ system. The resident rotations correspond to these divisions. The organization of the department by organ system permits our radiologists to serve as an important part of the subspecialty care team, developing important relationships with referring physicians and building clinical understanding that transcends a particular modality.

The Department of Radiology at Mass General is a dynamic area with ever-improving facilities. Some highlights include:

  • Fully Integrated PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) based on the AGFA R6 workstation interface.
  • Newly updated, next-generation voice recognition software streamlines the practice of radiology, allowing residents to complete, edit, and sign-off reports in one step and transfers a transcribed report to clinicians instantly.
  • 11 multidetector CT scanners at the Mass General main campus, including a Siemens Flash scanner, which is used predominantly for cardiac and pediatric imaging.
  • 8 MR Scanners at the Mass General main campus, including three 3.0T magnet scanners.
  • 4 PET/CT Scanners at the Mass General main campus and one PET/CT scanner at one of our satellite imaging facilities.
  • A cyclotron at the Mass General main campus generates clinical and investigational radiotracers for nuclear medicine studies.
  • An additional 4 CT and 4 MR scanners at outpatient facilities that are seamlessly integrated into the workings of the department.
  • Numerous experimental MR scanners, some of which are increasingly used clinically, including a 7.0T magnet and PET/MR scanner in nearby Charlestown.
  • Newly renovated ultrasound and breast imaging facilities.
  • New vascular interventional and neurointerventional suites.
  • Newly opened Lunder inpatient facility, including 150 inpatient beds and three floors of state-of-the-art operating rooms that include radiologic equipment to facilitate image-guided procedures. A PET/CT scanner and a 3T MRI are installed immediately adjacent to the neurology ICU.
  • Newly renovated emergency radiology section within the Emergency Department, with two 64 slice MDCT scanners and a 1.5T MRI that is predominantly dedicated to the imaging of the emergency department patients.
  • Newly renovated pediatric radiology section.
  • New Yawkey Center for outpatient care and new musculoskeletal imaging center.

The department performs more than 650,000 examinations annually. The high volume of cases facilitates teaching and clinical investigations. For example, the department census for 2013 included:

  • Total volume: 656,288
  • Radiography: 304,151
  • CT: 118,419
  • MRI: 62,451
  • Nuclear medicine: 17,426
  • Interventional radiology: 16,024
  • Breast: 67,608
  • Ultrasound: 70,209

Resident benefits

Educational Fund

Residents receive a $700 fund that is renewed each academic year, which they can apply toward textbooks or other educational materials. Residents also receive a paid subscription to RadPrimer for use during the first three years of residency before entering the focused year.

Board fees

Residents are reimbursed in full for their annual registration fees to the American Board of Radiology.

Computer resources

Residents are provided a new laptop computer at the beginning of the first year for their exclusive use, allowing creation of a teaching file, preparation of presentations, and easy access to the Internet. An internal, resident-maintained website known as Reshub is an invaluable resource for sharing information within the department.

There are extensive IT resources in the Department of Radiology, some of which have been developed by residents. For example, QPID is an internal web-based program that provides the ability to search a patient’s electronic medical record for any disease, operations, or abnormal studies that may aid in the interpretation of an imaging study. Racetrack is a web-based program that digitally stores interesting cases. By seamlessly linking to Mass General electronic medical records, Racetrack instantly provides pathology, operation reports, and other information that is directly related to an imaging study.

American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP)

Residents spend four weeks away from their clinical rotations to attend the AIRP course in Washington, DC. The department covers the costs of registration and tuition. The department also provides a generous stipend that can be applied to living expenses and housing.

Scientific conferences

Residents who have an abstract accepted for presentation at a nationally or internationally recognized radiology conference are given a generous stipend to defray the costs of lodging, transportation, and food in order to attend, with the approval of the program director. All residents are funded to attend one major conference (typically the RSNA in the third year).

Association memberships

The department sponsors memberships for all residents in the New England Roentgen Ray Society, a local radiologic educational society that coordinates monthly afternoon seminars in Boston. Residents have found this exposure to various current topics in radiology very worthwhile and are encouraged to attend when possible. Residents are also enrolled in other associations that offer free memberships to trainees, including the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Moonlighting

Residents who obtain full Massachusetts licenses (the costs of which are reimbursed by the department) and are ACLS certified are eligible to participate in moonlighting opportunities within the Department of Radiology, providing physician coverage of contrast injections in outpatient imaging centers in Waltham and Chelsea. This important opportunity can be pursued as a PGY-3 as per hospital insurance regulations soon after starting the residency. Moonlighting opportunities outside of the hospital (such as providing coverage for private practice groups in the area) can also be pursued, in compliance with the policies of Mass General, Partners and the malpractice insurance carrier. These outside opportunities are ordinarily limited to third and fourth year residents, and approval by the program director is required.

Library

The department has a current library of radiology textbooks and CD-based learning resources that are reserved exclusively for the use of residents. Residents can check these materials out for self-study during each subspecialty rotation.

Salary and benefits

As an employee of Partners Health System, residents are paid according to a standardized scale that is applied to all residents working at Massachusetts General Hospital. The annual salary for a PGY-2 resident starting the residency in July 2013 was $59,100. In addition, Partners offers a range of health insurance plans, dental insurance plans, and life, disability, and accident insurance. Residents can also participate in tax-deferred dependent and healthcare reimbursement accounts as well as tax-sheltered annuities through one of several investment firms.

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Curriculum

  • Years 1-3: Clinical rotations
  • Year 4: Focused year

Clinical rotations

Residents are typically assigned in two- to four-week blocks to one of the following subspecialty areas of radiology:

  • Thoracic radiology, including CT and MR
  • Thoracic procedures
  • GI fluoroscopy
  • Gastrointestinal / Genitourinary CT, MR, US
  • Ultrasound, including obstetric ultrasound
  • Neuroradiology, including CT and MR
  • Musculoskeletal radiology, including CT and MR
  • Musculoskeletal procedures
  • Nuclear medicine, including cardiac, PET, PET-CT
  • Breast imaging, including mammography, MR, and procedures
  • Head and neck imaging (at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary)
  • Vascular radiology and intervention, including CT and MR
  • Abdominal and nonvascular intervention
  • Emergency radiology
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Cardiac radiology
  • Electives: a one-month elective in interventional radiology at the Mount Auburn Hospital and three months of elective time are available at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

From the beginning, residents are expected to read assigned material, to be involved in the performance and interpretation of patient examinations, and to participate in discussions concerning diagnostic problems. Basic principles of radiology are stressed as the physical and procedural foundations of diagnostic imaging are laid. Residents are encouraged to work toward increasing levels of responsibility, particularly in the emergency radiology rotation, usually completed between the middle of second year and the beginning of third year.

In general, the subspecialty divisions are organized by body system, each encompassing a variety of appropriate modalities to allow residents to become familiar with pathology and pathophysiology and to promote critical selection of appropriate tests. Our radiologists serve as valuable members of the patient care team.

A resident may elect to spend a maximum of three months of rotations at the Brigham and Women's Hospital with approval of both program directors, and there is a one-month elective rotation in interventional radiology at the Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Focused year

The focused year represents an important and valuable opportunity to pursue a year of subspecialty training in the fourth year of residency. During the focused year, the resident is given experience comparable to a clinical fellow in the subspecialty, with equal exposure to the variety of modalities and procedures. During the focused year, residents take call only in the subspecialty area(s) they have chosen for the focused year.

Residents can select from a two-year fellowship program offered by one of the subspecialty areas of the department or may select six-month rotations in different subspecialty divisions. The focused year can be applied as one year toward a multiyear Mass General fellowship program, such as neuroradiology or abdominal imaging / intervention. However, at least one year of training must be completed after the four-year residency for a candidate to qualify for the CAQ (Certificate of Additional Qualification) offered in these sub-specialty areas by the American Board of Radiology.

Some residents choose to spend a portion or all of the focused year dedicated to research, and many residents are recipients of competitive RSNA grants during this time.

Education

In addition to daily teaching that occurs during the department's clinical activities, residents are provided a high-quality, organized curriculum of "hot seat" case discussion conferences, lectures, and subspecialty conferences that provide a broad exposure to the many facets of radiology.

  • Education is a central focus of the entire department. Teaching sessions are considered an important component of resident education and staff radiologists take their responsibilities very seriously. Case conferences and lectures are uniformly well planned and executed.
  • Lunchtime didactic conferences are organized into monthly "Minicourses," which are coordinated by each subspecialty and ensure that each area is covered with a thorough and well-conceived curriculum, rather than a random selection of esoteric topics. A complete subspecialty curriculum is covered over a two-year period in the minicourse format.
  • Staff radiologists and fellows respect the educational needs of the resident and work to ensure that the resident is able to fully participate in all departmental offerings.

Morning case conference

(Daily, 7:30am - 8:15am): This 45-minute case conference trains residents to identify pertinent findings, correlate images with the clinical presentation, and construct a concise but complete differential diagnosis. Most importantly, the comfortable and congenial atmosphere of the residency pervades this conference, creating an excellent opportunity for learning. The variety of cases is drawn from the huge breadth of pathology encountered every day at Mass General. These conferences are conducted by faculty members with particular interest and expertise in teaching. An interactive audience response system is frequently used in these conferences as well.

Teaching conference

(Daily, 12:15 - 1:15pm): Daily didactic sessions constitute the fundamental core of the teaching program. These lectures are organized into numerous subspecialty "Minicourses," each of which is coordinated by a senior staff member who is responsible for developing a curriculum for the block that covers the fundamental topics of each subspecialty. This organized approach ensures that the resident is given a broad exposure to each area.

Radiology pathology correlation

Tuesday conferences are devoted to radiology pathology correlation. Each resident is assigned one conference per semester, in which cases with pathologic correlation are presented as unknowns to be discussed by a fellow resident. Attendings from each subspecialty are present as additional discussants to discuss the radiologic approach to differential diagnosis, and a member of the Pathology department is present to discuss the pathologic evaluation.

Radiology Grand Rounds

On Wednesdays during the academic year, prominent radiologists from around the country are invited to Mass General. The topics of these sessions typically focus on the latest information and concepts in radiology and are presented in conjunction with the ongoing Minicourse.

Summer teaching conferences

The summer daily didactic sessions are directed at the incoming first-year residents, providing a basic core curriculum that serves as an introduction to radiology. Special focus is given to radiologic physics and MR physics.

Beyond interpretation sessions

Several weeks during the year are devoted to teaching of the non-interpretive skills required of the radiologist. These sessions stress the skills and concepts that are highlighted by the American Board of Radiology and required by the ACGME. These sessions include topics such as statistics, critical and analysis skills, professionalism, and ethics, and heath care policy.

Section conference

Each subspecialty area convenes conferences that provide additional educational opportunities for the resident. Residents working within a particular subspecialty are expected to attend, and all residents are welcome. These conferences take on a variety of forms, including a review of interesting cases, "hot seat" case conferences, and didactic sessions with attendings. The current schedule includes:

  • Abdominal imaging: Daily at 4 pm
  • Neuroradiology: Thursday at 4:30 pm
  • Thoracic radiology: Friday at 8 am
  • Musculoskeletal radiology: Multidisciplinary conference Tuesday at 9 am
  • Vascular radiology: Thursday at 7:15 am
  • Pediatrics: Multidisciplinary conference Friday at 9 am
  • Nuclear Medicine: Tuesday at 5 pm

American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) Course in Radiologic Pathology

The department provides tuition and releases the resident from clinical duties in order to attend the four-week course in Washington, DC.

New England Roentgen Ray Society (NERRS)

All residents are provided membership in the NERRS, which sponsors a course in the physics of radiology on a citywide basis as well as monthly meetings focusing on each subspecialty. Residents are excused from clinical responsibilities to attend the monthly meetings.

Library

The Holmes Library is located centrally within the department and includes a collection of historical resources, current journals, and a large library of textbooks for the exclusive use of residents. These materials can be checked out for use during each subspecialty rotation. A complete library of CD-based computer resources, including the ACR Teaching Files, is also available for use by the residents.

Multidisciplinary conferences

The Department of Radiology participates in multiple conferences that involve a number of specialties at Massachusetts General Hospital. The most notable of these is the Clinical Pathologic Conference, which is regularly published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Residents find many of these meetings to be of considerable educational value, allowing residents to correlate imaging findings within the latest information in treatment and management.

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Responsibilities

The Department of Radiology at Mass General is a busy clinical department that offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week service to our patients and referring physicians. This necessitates resident call to help provide care during off hours—for inpatients, outpatients in offices and satellite urgent care clinics, the busiest emergency department in New England and a level 1 trauma center.

Our call schedule is carefully designed to provide this coverage while also providing an important educational setting for residents, helping to build confidence and experience. These experiences build up to coverage of the emergency department in a one-month night float experience that takes place in the middle or second half of the second year of residency.

Highlights

  • Because our Department is centered at a single hospital, only one resident is needed to cover the hospital during the overnight hours (9:30 pm to 8 am), decreasing the number of overnight calls required during the residency
  • By the time residents are assigned to overnight call in the second year, they will have trained in all of the major subspecialty areas and feel comfortable with the important decisions that are required of an on-call radiologist. A staff radiologist is also present in the Emergency Department 24/7 to ensure prompt review of cases read by the resident overnight.
  • The total overnight responsibilities in the Emergency Department shift include a four-week block (five nights a week) plus approximately 15 additional night shifts—over the course of the entire residency

Call Schedule

Call schedule is divided among different call "pools" that are assigned to each class of residents in turn.

  • July of Year 1 - September of Year 1 | Emergency Room evening buddy call: Residents are immediately given the opportunity to learn the basics of the Emergency Department, working with a second-year resident. Shifts are between 5:30 and 9:30 pm every 9th or 10th weeknight evening.
  • October of Year 1 - October of Year 2 | Emergency Room evening coverage: Residents are given the opportunity to learn the basics of the Emergency Department, working with a staff radiologist and fellow in the evening to learn the important categories of acute disease, study selection, patient triage, and consultation in the emergency setting. Shifts are between 5:30 and 9:30 pm every 9th or 10th weeknight evening.
  • December of Year 1 - December of Year 2 | DODD / EW Saturday: Residents are in-house between 8 am and 8 pm to cover the inpatient intensive care portable radiographs, emergent and postoperative GI fluoroscopy studies, and abdominal radiographs. When these responsibilities are done, the resident proceeds to the Emergency Department to provide additional help to the on-call resident and staff. This responsibility rotates among the residents in the class.
  • March of Year 1 - March of Year 2 | CT Weekend N/M Beeper Call: Residents interpret inpatient and outpatient CT scans for the thoracic and abdominal imaging sections, reading out with a staff radiologist. Residents protocol the studies in advance and are on hand to provide consultations to referring physicians. The shift typically runs between 8 am and 5 pm and includes both days of the weekend. This responsibility rotates among the members of the class.
  • March of Year 1 - March of Year 2 | Emergency Room Weekend Days: Residents are assigned to cover the Emergency Department between 8 am and 8 pm, working with staff radiologist and fellows to cover all modalities (including plain film, ultrasound, and CT).
  • Emergency Room nights: A four week block of night float (five nights a week) is scheduled between the middle and end of the second year. This block is an important step in the development of our residents, where they have the opportunity to apply the principles they have learned to deal with acute problems encountered in a very busy ER. The overnight night float rotation is scheduled after a four-week block of ER days. A staff radiologist is also present and reviews all studies dictated by the resident during the night shift. Although challenging, this rotation builds the confidence and skills of our residents. After this rotation is complete, residents help to cover Friday and Saturday overnight shifts with a total of approximately 10 additional shifts during the course of the residency. Of note, there is an ultrasound technologist in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which enables the radiology resident to focus primarily on the interpretation of studies.

Research

The Mass General Department of Radiology is a world-renowned center for research in radiology, including basic, applied, and clinical research. The department received the most NIH funding of any radiology department in the country last year. Although not required, many residents elect to pursue one or more research projects during their residency. Residents can apply for dedicated research time during the residency in blocks of one or more weeks in order to focus full-time on an ongoing project. In addition, residents are sponsored to attend major radiology conferences at which a scientific abstract has been accepted for presentation. Time may be devoted to basic research during the focused year. The ACGME requires all residents to complete a scholarly project during their residency.

Basic research is largely performed in an easily accessible, off-campus facility in Charlestown, which is equipped with all state-of the-art imaging technologies that are exclusively dedicated to research. Areas of particularly intense research interest include contrast agents, functional neuroimaging, teleradiology, and molecular imaging.

Clinical and health services research as well as quality improvement research is also an important component of the department's activities. Numerous projects are ongoing in all divisions, and residents can quickly become involved in research by developing a project with a faculty mentor.

More detailed information about ongoing work in the department can be accessed at the following sites:

Mass General Imaging Global Health Programs

Mass General Imaging's Global Health Programs are dedicated to addressing unmet medical imaging needs and healthcare disparities for vulnerable and crisis-affected populations. We have programs that focus on education/training, technology transfer, research, clinical service, and institutional development.

 

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Work life

Because radiology is a busy clinical service, residents are busy during the workday: interpreting studies, interacting with patients and referring physicians, planning and protocoling upcoming studies, and participating in the educational activities of the department. Although there is no typical daily schedule because of the variety of clinical rotations, a typical schedule might include:

  • 07:30 - 08:15: Morning case conference
  • 08:15 - 12:00: Clinical responsibilities
  • 12:15 - 13:30: Didactic conference
  • 01:30 - 17:00: Clinical responsibilities

The Department of Radiology at Mass General offers many resources to help streamline the resident's daily work. Our PACS system has been online for more than 10 years, not only relieving residents of the burden of film retrieval and hanging, but also making comparison studies readily available to increase the educational value of each case.

Newly updated, next-generation voice recognition software allows residents to efficiently dictate, edit, and sign off on each report instantly, making the reports instantly available and relieving the resident of the requirement to edit transcribed reports many hours or days later.

Ultrasound technologists are in the hospital 24 hours a day to complete emergency and portable cases; the resident can then focus mainly on the tasks of image interpretation. Each resident is also fully trained in the techniques of scanning in order that he or she can check and troubleshoot particularly difficult cases. A common concern of applicants is the role of residents in a department with numerous clinical fellows in radiology. However, because of the volume of studies in the department, residents always work directly with a staff radiologist, often in parallel with the fellows. Residents also have ample opportunity for "hands-on" direct participation in interventional procedures in each of the divisions. Fellows, many of whom are former Mass General residents, provide an additional source of teaching and support for our residents.

Outside of work

Importantly, our residents enjoy socializing outside of the hospital. Residents frequently meet after work for drinks at The Hill or Harvard Gardens, across the street from the hospital on Cambridge Street, or at one of the bars at the unique new Liberty Hotel in the renovated Suffolk County jail next-door to Mass General. Wine and Cheese parties, pot luck dinners, and poker nights have become frequent events. Several residents have taken sailing lessons at the public Charles River Boathouse, located right across the street from the hospital. This congenial atmosphere pervades the residency as well, creating a fun and comfortable place to work.

Boston highlights

Boston's reputation as a center for medicine, scientific research, and education is world-renowned. The city itself, with its unique blend of cosmopolitan beauty and quaint, historical charm, offers an exciting diversity of cultural attractions. For the outdoor enthusiasts, Boston is conveniently accessible to both the mountains and the seashore, and most residents enjoy the area during their training years. The New England fall foliage is an annual worldwide attraction, and residents frequently take advantage of the locale to ski, hike, and sail.

In addition, Boston boasts the advantages of a world famous city. Boston's restaurants are among the most celebrated in the world, with a diverse selection of restaurants featuring both well established and rising young chefs and a variety of cuisines. We are home to the New England Patriots as well as the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins. The Museum of Fine Arts heads a list of notable museums, and the Boston Symphony and Boston Ballet are among the most famous offerings in the performing arts.

Massachusetts General Hospital is located on the edge of Beacon Hill, one of Boston's most famous and historic neighborhoods, which is home to the Massachusetts State House and the historic Charles Street shopping area. The hospital is located just steps away from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Boston Common, the Back Bay with the Newbury Street Area, and the North End, Boston's traditionally Italian neighborhood. Mass General is also located just steps across the Charles River from Cambridge, home to the main Harvard University and MIT campuses as well as a host of biotechnology firms.

Because Mass General is accessible by car, public transportation (the MBTA), and the commuter rail, there are numerous housing options that are appropriate for residents with different personal and family needs. Many residents choose to live in close proximity to the hospital, either on Beacon Hill or the nearby Charles River Park apartment and condominium complex. An equal number of residents live outside of the city in the suburbs, choosing instead to commute to work. After you have matched in the program, we can help you locate resources to aid in your housing search.

Please visit the website of the MGH Radiological Society for information on alumni activities.

Application process

Applications to the Program in Diagnostic Radiology are made through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) in the fall of the fourth year of medical school, approximately 20 months before the starting date on July 1.

Applications must be submitted before November 1 of the corresponding match year. No applications will be considered if submitted after November 1.

On the basis of the submitted application, approximately 100 candidates are selected for personal interviews. Each completed application is carefully reviewed. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible by mail for an interview date in December or January. For a variety of reasons, occasionally applicants may be asked to arrange travel plans on short notice.

Residents are chosen on the basis of their medical training, general achievements, and personal qualities. No preference is given to any particular medical school or geographic area, nor is race, sex, or national origin a consideration.

The Department participates in the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The following components of the application should be submitted through ERAS and are essential in order to complete the application:

  • Universal Residency Application, including:
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE board scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Completion of USMLE Steps I and II

International medical graduates are made aware of the restrictive provisions of Public Law 94-484, the Health Professions Education Assistance Act. The following conditions must be met:

  • Standard ECFMG certificate
  • Completion of an accredited internship in the United States
  • Eligibility for ECFMG visa sponsorship if candidate does not have permanent status in the United States

If a request for an interview has not been received from us by Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November), it is very unlikely that an applicant will be interviewed. Our program coordinator, Melanie Miller, can be contacted at 617-724-4255 in the event that personal circumstances demand direct information.

For further information, please contact the residency director:

Theresa McLoud, MD Theresa C. McLoud, MD
Associate Radiologist-in-Chief
Education Director
Department of Radiology
FND 216
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

 

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Interviewing process

Highlights

  • Interviews are scheduled as either a morning or an afternoon session, which includes an introduction from Dr. McLoud, a tour of the department, and three interviews.
  • All candidates are invited to join us for dinner on the night before the interview to meet a small group of current residents at a restaurant in Boston or Cambridge.
  • Interviewees should meet in Founders House, 2nd Floor.

Of the applications received, approximately 100 candidates are selected for personal interviews, which are an important part of the evaluation process for potential applicants. Although we wish we could meet all of our applicants, logistical and time constraints allow us to meet only a small number of applicants for an interview. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted directly by email in order to select from one of several dates in December and January.

The interview provides an opportunity for interviewers to meet each applicant in order to assess the personal qualities that are required of a successful radiology resident. The half-day session also provides us an opportunity to share our excitement about the department with each applicant, by familiarizing candidates with our residents and staff, the residency structure, our physical plant and facilities, and research endeavors. Applicants will have an informational session with Dr. McLoud, a tour of the department, and four personal interviews. Applicants are also invited to attend our midday didactic conference and meet with current residents.

All interviewees are also welcomed to join other interviewees and a group of residents for dinner at a restaurant in Boston or Cambridge on the night before the interview. This provides a more informal setting to meet residents one-on-one and learn about the residency. Details about this dinner will be provided to interviewees as the interview day approaches. Although we hope that travel plans will allow applicants to attend the dinner, we understand that the interview season is difficult to coordinate and stress that this is a purely optional component of the interview experience.

Places to stay

  • Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill
    617-742-7630
    Located across from Mass General. Please state that you are interviewing at Mass General to receive a discount.
  • Liberty Hotel
    617-224-4000
    Located one block from Mass General. Please state that you are interviewing at Mass General to receive a discount.

Getting here

By plane:

  • Boston Logan Airport, a major international gateway, is served by many national carriers with direct flights from around the country. Mass General is easily accessible from the airport by taxi or the subway (the MBTA).
  • Providence TF Green Airport (RI) and Manchester Airport (NH) are alternatives to Boston Logan. Several discount carriers offer flights at a discount to these airports. Be sure to plan transportation into Boston if you select one of these airports.

By car:

  • Driving directions to Mass General
  • Interviewees can park in the Fruit Street or Parkman Street garages located outside the main entrance. Be sure to ask the department for a parking validation for discounted parking.

By public transportation:

  • Boston's subway system (the MBTA) offers direct access to Mass General via the Red Line. The hospital campus is located at the Charles/MGH stop.
  • If you travel by bus or train, Boston's South Station is also located on the MBTA Red Line, just a few stops away from Charles/MGH.

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