Overview

The Department of Radiology offers two residencies: diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.

The diagnostic radiology residency program currently has a total of 32 residents. Eight diagnostic radiology appointments are made 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. The department offers training in all subspecialty areas and modalities of radiology, including a comprehensive experience with interventional techniques. 

The Department of Radiology is dedicated to training clinical radiologists who will practice in a variety of academic and private settings. One of the 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. The team provides opportunities for resident participation in basic and clinical research. More than 90% of the residents pursue subspecialty training, both through the focused year during the residency and additional fellowship training. Many of the residents choose 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 report submitted to the program director by division members. The program director reviews these reports with the resident in semiannual meetings or more frequently as necessary. Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback on each rotation and these recommendations are incorporated into the curriculum to further improve the program.

Trainees have opportunities to acquire a broad range of diagnostic skills and participate in vascular intervention, percutaneous biopsies, abscess drainage and other interventional procedures. Residents also receive advanced training in cutting-edge technologies and participate in an interactive hands-on advanced MRI rotation at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging during their third year.

Second-year residents serve as radiologic discussants at the Department of Pathology’s weekly autopsy conference. Residents also serve as consultants at the Radiology Consultation Clinic, where they educate patients and referring clinicians on radiology exam findings.

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 residents’ accomplishments. We have also introduced RADEXAM. This has been created by the American Association of Program Directors in Radiology and also the Association of University of Radiologists as a national web-based exam library. Examinations are linked to rotations for each residency year. The questions are written by subspecialists and are peer reviewed. Residents are assigned an examination for the end of each rotation. Residents benefit from regular feedback and divisions can identify and target educational needs. Courses in both basic and advanced life support (BLS and ACLS) are offered within the department periodically. 

Why Mass General Radiology?

The 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 and is a Level 1 trauma center. Satellite imaging centers further increase the hospital’s 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.

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 120 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 modality.

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

  • Newly updated, next-generation voice recognition software, which streamlines the practice of radiology, allowing residents to complete, edit and sign off reports in one step and instantly transfers a transcribed report to clinicians
  • Newly updated Partners Enterprise-Wide Picture Archive and Communication system, which allows access to all images across Partners HealthCare System.
  • Eleven multidetector CT scanners, including a Siemens Flash scanner, a Force scanner and 2 new GE Revolution scanners
  • Newly renovated breast imaging facilities with state-of-the-art digital mammography, tomosynthesis, ultrasound and breast MRI
  • 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 with radiologic equipment (including MRI) to facilitate image-guided procedures. A PET/CT scanner and a 3T MRI are installed adjacent to the neurology ICU.
  • Mobile CT scanners
  • 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
  • New Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and a center for the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging with newly renovated CT and MRI imaging suites offering state-of-the art technology along with patient-centric ambient care designs in imaging suites

The Department of Radiology performs more than 850,000 examinations annually. The high volume of cases facilitates teaching and clinical investigations. For example, the department census for 2018-2019 included:

  • Total volume: 892,538
  • Radiography: 370,456
  • CT: 179,269
  • MRI: 116,279
  • Nuclear medicine: 37,248
  • Interventional radiology: 18,859
  • Breast: 90,021
  • Ultrasound: 80,686


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