Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

The Saint Louis University Department of Radiology offers a four-year fully-accredited residency program in diagnostic radiology. Available after the completion of one year of postgraduate training, the program emphasizes broad training in diagnostic radiology within an academic medical environment with some exposure to the private practice setting.

Diagnostic Radiology Training

The diagnostic radiology program has a total of 28 residents with six to eight residents in each class. Rotations are four weeks long and include general diagnostic imaging, pediatrics, neurological CT, body CT, neurological MR, body MR, ultrasound, musculoskeletal, cardiac, obstetrics, breast, body procedures, interventional and nuclear medicine.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and received the highest accreditation status at the most recent site visit.

Daily teaching conferences provide both didactic and case presentations covering all imaging modalities. Participation by residents in research is required. Opportunities are provided to attend annual radiology conferences, including the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP).

Faculty

Our residency program provides broad training in diagnostic radiology within a subspecialized academic setting. All of our faculty members are subspecialty fellowship trained and board certified.

Our faculty is dedicated to teaching residents both at the “view box” and in a didactic setting. Through progressive responsibility, residents acquire the skills to accurately and efficiently interpret imaging studies and perform image-guided procedures across all modalities.

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Fellowship Training and Careers

Virtually all of our residents pursue subspecialty fellowship training at the conclusion of their residency. Our residents have a strong reputation for clinical excellence and the ability to quickly become productive members of hospital radiology departments and private practice radiology groups.

We also have a growing number of faculty with strong research interests who will continue to mentor residents who wish to pursue academic careers. Our past residents have pursued rewarding careers in outstanding private practice groups and leading academic institutions.

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Our Facilities

Radiology training takes place at three major teaching hospitals: SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, including its Cancer Center, VA Saint Louis Health Care System - John Cochran Division and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Exposure to the private practice of radiology is provided by means of limited rotations through SSM Health St. Mary's Health Center.

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Program Features

  • Level 1 Trauma Center with a high volume and wide range of pathology.
  • Independent overnight call develops skills, builds confidence and simulates private practice.
  • Leading-edge interventional radiology procedures with hands-on experience.
  • Dynamic department with many exceptional faculty.
  • Collegial and fun working atmosphere.
  • 100 percent pass rate for the new American Board of Radiology (ABR) core exam.
  • Free subscription to RADprimer and STATdx during the third year.
  • Approximately two to three months out of the call-pool preceding the ABR core exam with relatively light rotations.
  • Funds to buy books and attend board prep courses (including AIRP) if desired.
  • Three weeks of vacation per year with the flexibility to take days or weeks off.
  • In-house moonlighting opportunities to earn additional money.
  • Fringe benefits include malpractice insurance, health coverage for residents and their families, parking and gym membership. Dental and vision insurance can be purchased at a reasonable cost.

Resident Stipends and Benefits (2017-2018)

Application Process

Application Requirements

Seven residency positions are offered each year. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

American medical students may apply through their dean's office. International medical students should apply through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); you may participate in this service regardless of year of graduation.

To be considered, your application must include United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, three current letters of recommendation (including those from your program director and/or chairman), visa status (Saint Louis University sponsors "H" and "J" visas) and a valid ECFMG certificate, as well as the other materials required by ERAS.

Our application deadline is November 1.

Interviews

Interviews are held in the faculty office suite in the Department of Radiology at the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. You will receive an email in advance of your interview date letting you know what time to arrive. Continental breakfast will be available.

You will likely interview with the program director or assistant program director, two additional faculty members and the senior chief resident. In addition to your interviews, there will be a tour of the department, and you will have lunch with residents. You will also have the opportunity to attend one of our daily noon conferences. The entire day generally concludes by approximately 2 p.m. A dinner is usually arranged the night before the interview day to get to know our residents and program in a more casual setting.

Travel and Directions

The hospital is located at 3635 Vista Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Vista Avenue is a one-way street. The parking garage will be on the left hand side of this street about three quarters of the way down the block. Bring the parking ticket with you so it can be validated.

One of the residents will pick you up from the main hospital lobby at 8 a.m. and bring you to the radiology department. Should you arrive late, take the escalator or elevators from the hotel lobby to the second floor and follow this map to the Department of Radiology.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many radiology residents are there at Saint Louis University?

We currently have 28 diagnostic radiology residents.

How many radiology faculty members are there in your department? Are they subspecialized?

We have approximately 25 full and part-time radiology faculty at our flagship teaching hospitals, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. All of our faculty are fellowship-trained and board certified. Residents also receive instruction from subspecialty-trained radiologists while rotating through the VA Saint Louis Health Care System and St. Mary's Hospital.

What is the didactic schedule? Who is responsible for the curriculum?

Saint Louis University residents have protected time daily at noon and 4 p.m. to attend conferences. These conferences include didactic lectures, case conferences, follow-up conferences, journal club and morbidity and mortality. Additionally, numerous interdisciplinary conferences are available for residents to attend. Lectures are available for live streaming and later viewing via a protected website. The Program Evaluation Committee is responsible for maintaining a comprehensive diagnostic radiology curriculum for our residents which is refreshed yearly.

What is the current call schedule?

Currently, the third and fourth-year residents cover the senior overnight call at a frequency of q6-q13 during their eligible call period. The third-year residents are out of the call pool for approximately two to three months prior to the ABR core exam to allow time to study. The fourth-year residents do not take call during their final two weeks of residency to prepare for fellowship.

Second-year residents cover junior call, which includes short evening call shifts on Mondays through Fridays and 24-hour overnight call shifts on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, second-year residents participate in a night float system on Mondays through Fridays. This schedule allows two residents to be on call every night.

Why is there a 24-hour overnight call system (in addition to night float)?

The residents have a voice in how overnight call is distributed and, thus far, have voted to continue to have a hybrid 24-hour call system. The residents appreciate the flexibility of making individual call switches using the current system. Additionally, the residents maintain exposure to a variety of modalities by getting continuous exposure to call cases throughout the year.

Are there fellowships at Saint Louis University?

The Saint Louis University Department of Radiology currently has fellowship programs in PET-CT and vascular interventional radiology. We feel the limited number of fellowships is a strength of the program, allowing residents to work one on one with faculty and technologists. Because of this added responsibility, our residents are well prepared for their fellowships and future careers. 

How many of the residents take a fellowship position? 

Nearly all Saint Louis University radiology residents take a fellowship position after completing their radiology residency. In recent years, residents have taken fellowship positions in all radiology subspecialties, including vascular interventional radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, pediatric radiology, neuroradiology, body imaging, MRI and women’s imaging. View a list of fellowship positions obtained by our past residents and learn more about our current residents

What are some of the fringe benefits of the residency?

Residents of all levels are entitled to fifteen days of paid vacation per academic year, which can be scheduled as one week blocks or any number of days. Thirty days of maternity leave and one week of paternity leave can also be taken. Additional time off may be arranged for conferences, courses and interviews.

100 percent health insurance coverage is available through the University Health Plan for all residents as well as immediate family/eligible dependents. Dental and vision insurance can be purchased at a reasonable cost. Optional life insurance, long-term disability and 403(b) plans are also available. We also provide professional liability indemnity for all residents on duty. Additional information regarding resident benefits can be found at the Graduate Medical Education website.

Parking is available adjacent to the hospital at no cost. Residents are offered a free gym membership at Saint Louis University’s Simon Recreation Center and can park in the adjacent garage at no cost.

In addition to the general benefit package for residents at Saint Louis University, our residents receive a free subscription to STATdx. Third-year residents receive a free subscription to RADprimer, which is also available to the other residents at a discounted group rate. $500 is available yearly for books and other educational purchases for each resident. In addition, each third-year resident is provided funds equal to the amount of AIRP tuition (most recently $2,100), which can be used to attend AIRP or for additional educational purchases. Lastly, an additional $700 is available through an internal SLU fund (the Shields Fund) for each resident once during his/her four-year residency. The radiology department has a privately stocked resident library with key radiology texts. Residents also have access to the Saint Louis University Medical Center Library. The library has several radiology journals and texts, including a free electronic version of Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology by Brant and Helms.

Do residents have the opportunity to participate in research? Teaching?  

 Yes. Each resident participates in a scholarly activity during their residency. The director of resident research for our department compiles the various departmental research projects and helps link these projects with interested residents.

Interested residents are also encouraged to teach and have a variety of opportunities. These include the medical school radiology rotation, junior radiology resident instruction and interdisciplinary conferences.

Are there opportunities to moonlight?

Yes. Internal moonlighting is available to second through fourth-year residents on the weekends. Compensation is competitive.