Diagnostic Radiology

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency website for Hemet Valley Medical Center! Our community hospital is located in Hemet, CA and serves a large geographical area that encompasses a diverse patient population.

We currently have three ACGME-approved spots available for each of the four classes (R1-R4) within the diagnostic radiology program. Additionally, three of our Traditional Rotating Internship/Preliminary positions are specifically reserved for our incoming radiology residents.

An applicant for Diagnostic Radiology residency training will be required to have successfully completed an AOA/ACGME-approved diagnostic radiology preliminary year consisting of the following: Emergency Medicine; Family Practice; Internal Medicine; Pediatrics; OB/GYN; and Surgery. The clinical year may also comprise a transitional year accredited by the ACGME.

Please continue exploring our program website and contact us with any questions you may have.

PROGRAM GOALS

The goal of the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Hemet Valley Medical Center is to prepare our residents to begin the safe, unsupervised practice of radiology and meet the American Board of Radiology certification eligibility requirements by providing a comprehensive and advanced radiology program.

EDUCATION

Most of our residents’ training is completed at our core hospital, Hemet Valley Medical Center, where we gain exposure to inpatient, outpatient and emergency imaging, as well as interventional, fluoroscopic and nuclear medicine procedures. Additional experience is gained at Hemet Valley Imaging, a local outpatient imaging center, and Loma Linda University Medical Center where our residents complete their pediatric radiology requirements.

Our core faculty members each have a vast degree of knowledge and an average of 24 years of experience in their specialty. We integrate the ACGME core competencies into our four-year curriculum through the provision of a combination of didactic and clinical training opportunities. Our residents will be exposed to the clinical application of diagnostic radiology and learn the skills necessary to communicate with patients, professional staff and hospital administration.

DIDACTIC

We have protected daily noon didactics and morning conference every Wednesday. Noon didactics consist of faculty or guest lectures, educational media presentations and computer based learning modules. Interdisciplinary Clinicopathologic and Morbidity & Mortality conferences are held monthly during which our residents take an active role in explaining imaging findings. Additionally, residents rotate through giving monthly radiology-related lectures to the Internal Medicine and TRI/Preliminary residents, hosting journal club and interacting with rotating medical students and residents.

Additionally, each subspecialty area of training will have specified reading and RADPrimer assignments. Residents are assessed based on the ACGME milestones used for radiology, a copy of which can be found here.

CLINICAL TRAINING

Clinical Components shall be 48 months in duration and consist of training done both inpatient and at an ACR accredited outpatient imaging center, and include:

General and diagnostic radiology – 11 months.

No fewer than 7000 radiologic exams per year, per resident.

Mammography – 3 months.

Each resident must have documentation of the interpretation/multi-reading of at least 240 mammograms.

Nuclear Medicine – 5 months.

Pediatric radiology – 4 months.

Vascular/Interventional – 4 months.

Neuroradiology – 5 months.

Musculoskeletal – 5 months.

MRI – 3 months.

Emergency radiology – 2 months.

American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) – 1 month.

Electives – 6 months as approved by the Radiology Program Director.

* schedule subject to change

RESEARCH

Although we are a community hospital, there are still plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved in research, and they are encouraged to do so. Additionally, all residents participate in at least one quality improvement project during their residency.

RESOURCES

Our residents have access to various appropriate reference materials and radiology-specific learning resources, both hard copy and electronic:

RADPrimer

StatDX

UCSF Comprehensive Radiology Review

University of Washington ER Trauma Radiology Review

Physics

Titan Radiology Board Review

AMA Competency Education Program

BENEFITS

Some of our residents’ benefits include:

Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance.

20 days of PTO each academic year

Annual Educational Stipend.

Protected time for physician/dental/vision appointments.

Program provided iPad with educational software and textbooks pre-loaded for resident use.

Access to Pumerantz Library through OPTI-West’s member partner, Western University, for online books, articles, research and outreach services.

Employee Assistance Program – 3 free counseling sessions provided for a variety of personal issues to help achieve a positive work/life balance.

Resident Lounge – beverages and snacks are stocked regularly for all residents.

Resident Sleep Rooms.

Free parking in approved lots.