Best Radiologist Training Program
The Johns Hopkins Radiology Residency is the winner of the 2015 Minnie award for Best Radiologist Training Program.
Training at Johns Hopkins Medicine is a truly unique experience. As a world-renowned referral center with over a thousand beds, the breadth and volume of pathology are simply unmatched. Our philosophy is to allow residents to increasingly build responsibility and decision-making capabilities from learning the very basics in the first year to becoming the radiology point person during overnight call. We believe that this rich, hands-on experience allows us to graduate residents who are exceptionally well prepared for the demands of clinical radiology.
Our program benefits from the clinical and research resources of a medical center consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals and as one of the top medical school recipients in the country of NIH grants. Our mission is to provide the finest radiology residency training in a supportive, collegial atmosphere. Johns Hopkins is a resident-focused clinical training program, where residents are actively involved in the program organization, from making their own schedule to having an equal vote in the resident selection process. The residents meet regularly with the chair, Dr. Karen Horton, and have separate monthly meetings with the program directors to discuss the state of the program.
Morning conference time, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., is completely protected and free of clinical responsibility. These include the highly organized combination of an outstanding subspecialty lecture series and case conferences by world-renowned faculty members who are leaders in education, designed with consideration of the ABR CORE exam requirements. Each lecture is critiqued by a set of residents to ensure continuous quality improvement. Any of the occasional noon conferences (e.g., grand rounds, department chair and program director lunches) are also protected time for residents. Residents have full access to an array of online educational resources (e.g., STATdx, RADPrimer). A residency program endowment allows for the addition of other educational resources that residents may request.
At the core of the training program is an unparalleled exposure to a very large case volume of diverse disease processes. An additional benefit of a hospital like Johns Hopkins is exposure to the latest surgical techniques and medical therapies: Residents enter practice with advanced knowledge of how to image in these settings. Imaging is performed with state-of-the-art scanners using the latest protocols based on the current literature. Residents are trained to become outstanding radiologists by learning how to produce high-quality images and formulate diagnostic interpretations to guide the management of the most complex cases. Faculty members work side-by-side throughout the day, providing continuous teaching and feedback at the workstation. The opportunity for independent interpretation is maintained on a night shift rotation: Three residents cover two hospitals with attending backup from home.
The department pays the full cost of residents' Maryland medical license, ACR membership dues, ABR board examination, DUKE review, AIRP (plus housing stipend) and a physics review course. Funding is also available for residents to attend conferences at which they present (e.g., RSNA). Each resident receives an iPad upon arrival in July of the first year. Other department-covered expenses include an annually recurring book fund, lab coats (with cleaning service), meal vouchers for call and subsidized parking and public transportation. Additionally, Johns Hopkins GME covers comprehensive medical insurance for all house staff and dependents.
Residents have their own resident lounge complete with a textbook library, computers, refrigerator, sofas and entertainment system. The department funds multiple social events throughout the year, including a July welcome lunch at a local crab restaurant, an evening Oriole's game, a holiday party in December, a springtime resident athletic competition and quarterly resident dinners.
Resident Leadership and Fellowship Opportunities
In addition to exceptional clinical training, Johns Hopkins radiology residents are afforded opportunities for professional development through a number of special distinction tracks: research, education, quality improvement, innovation/entrepreneurism, health care policy and high-value consultant service. Leadership roles available to residents include Chief Resident, Director of Residency Research, Director of Medical Student Recruitment, Program Evaluation Committee, Wellness Ambassador as well as various didactic Curriculum Directorships (quality improvement, rad/path and journal club).
After residency, our department offers a full array of leading fellowship opportunities with internationally recognized experts. Although most residents enthusiastically take full advantage of the subspecialty training at Johns Hopkins, residents seeking to continue training at other institutions have been strongly supported by the program and have matched at top-notch fellowships.
Our top-notch clinical faculty includes Dr. Elliot K. Fishman, winner of Aunt Minnie awards for both outstanding educator and outstanding researcher, recipient of the RSNA Outstanding Educator award, the nation’s “top radiologist,” according to Medical Imaging report, and founder of CTisus.com; Dr. David M. Yousem, the editor of the Case Review Series and author of Neuroradiology: The Requisites; and Dr. Harvey A. Ziessman, the author of Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites.
Mentorship is readily available and perhaps best embodied by Dr. Stanley S. Siegelman, who spent 12 years as the editor in chief of Radiology and served as program director at our institution for 35 years. Dr. Siegelman has been honored as a Gold Medalist by both the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He remains an active member of the clinical teaching faculty and his priceless insights from an illustrious career continue to inspire residents on a daily basis. Our program is director is Dr. Lilja Solnes.
Our graduates have continued on to great success in academic, research and private practice. Johns Hopkins Radiology alumni include Dr. Elias Zerhouni, a former chair of our department, a former director of the NIH and now the president of global research and development at Sanofi, as well as Dr. David Bluemke, the current director of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the NIH. Dr. Norman Beauchamp, Chairman of Radiology at the University of Washington, is the President of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD). Dr. Caroline Meltzer is the Chairman of Radiology and the Associate Dean of Research at Emory University, as well as the President of the American Society of Neuroradiology. The Chairman of Radiology at the University of Maryland, Dr. Elias Melhelm, also completed residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins. Dr. William Brody, a former chair of our department and president of the Johns Hopkins University, is currently the president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
The Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins is the home to the world's most renowned and accomplished radiologists, including Dr. Martin Pomper, a former resident and leader in translational molecular imaging. Department members come from a broad array of backgrounds, specialties and interests — but all are bound by a common pursuit of excellence in the field of radiology. Residents at Johns Hopkins are required to complete one scholarly project during their training, although many elect to participate in more than one project because of the strong mentorship that our faculty provides.
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Johns Hopkins Radiology Residency | PROGRESS
Johns Hopkins Radiology Residents are given the education and skills to succeed. Many choose to remain at Johns Hopkins post residency, taking advantage of a full array of leading fellowship opportunities with internationally recognized experts. Our environment allows residents to develop their own specialties and interests to evolve as radiologists.