Curriculum

We are a small program with a resident-centered approach. Our faculty and leadership are dedicated to teaching and providing outstanding clinical training. Our program provides early exposure to advanced imaging and exceptional procedural experience.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Core Rotations and the Physics Course — in the first three years designed to prepare residents for the new written board examination taken in June of the third radiology year.
     
  • Hands-on Simulation Sessions — for residents to safely practice and increase their comfort level with crucial skills. We routinely run simulation sessions for handling contrast reactions and performing complex procedures such as MR and US guided breast biopsy.
     
  • R2 Pre-call Preparation — including a series of emergency radiology case presentations by attendings, bank of fully scrollable simulation cases, and dedicated reading. This material is reviewed in small group sessions in the spring before call.
     
  • The Senior Elective Program — Three elective blocks each three months long will provide opportunities for focused training. Electives will be selected and tailored by the resident in conjunction with the program directors and other attending mentors.
     
  • Research and Other Scholarly Activity — with opportunities available throughout the department as well as through the Center for Health Services Research. Residents have published original clinical research and review articles, written book chapters, and presented talks and posters at regional and national meetings. Travel funds are available for residents presenting at meetings.
     
  • Training in the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) — VMPS is our nationally-recognized management methodology focused on improving quality of care and patient safety. All residents participate in VMPS activities with opportunities for leadership, publication and research. Residents have been involved in multidisciplinary Kaizen Events, Rapid Process Improvement Workshops, and other Quality Improvement measures. These skills are highly relevant to the Practice Quality Improvement activities now required for achieving Maintenance of Certification by the American Board of Radiology.
     
  • Training in Radiologic-Pathologic Correlation at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) — This training involves a four-week course offered by the American College of Radiology in Bethesda, Md. A travel and housing stipend is provided.

Overview of Annual Educational Progress

First year (PGY-2): The resident spends time on chest, GI/GU fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, and interventional radiology rotations, and may spend time in breast or neuroradiology. Residents attend the radiologic physics course at the University of Washington. The resident takes a limited number of baby calls with a senior resident beginning in January, and completes the pre-call preparation sessions required for taking solo calls. Residents also participate in a two-week introductory rotation at our Center for Health Services Research during this year.

Second year (PGY-3): There are two rotations at Seattle Children's Hospital for pediatric radiology. Residents take two Virginia Mason night float rotations and participate in a dedicated scholarly activity (research) rotation. Training continues in all modalities at Virginia Mason. The resident accepts progressive responsibility in the department with the goal of eventually performing major portions of exams independently. Residents will complete two more weeks at our Center for Health Services Research.

Third year (PGY-4): There are two-and-a-half rotations at Harborview Medical Center, which includes one night float rotation. Residents take one Virginia Mason night float rotation and complete their final two rotations at Seattle Children's. Residents rotate through Obstetrical Ultrasound at Group Health Cooperative. Residents attend the four-week Radiologic Pathologic Correlation course at the AIRP in Silver Springs, Md. Residents sit for the ABR core written boards in June of this year.

Fourth year (PGY-5): Senior residents will have nine rotations distributed among three electives. These can be arranged on any existing rotation or designated for specially-designed rotations or research, under the supervision of attending faculty advisors. The remaining four rotations include a general radiology experience at one of our major outpatient satellites, nuclear medicine, breast, and night float rotations. Residents will be expected to run the service and have primary responsibility for procedures, under the supervision of attending staff.