Welcome to Southern Illinois University's Department of Radiology web page. I hope this site will provide you the necessary information to learn about our training program here in Springfield, Illinois. We have been accredited by ACGME since 1974. We have and will continue to train top notch diagnostic radiologists who are ready to enter private practice, academics or fellowship after the completion of our program. Our class size is 3 residents per year and could increase depending on financial support. We are accredited for up to five per year. The first year is spent as a resident in Internal Medicine. The second through fifth years are spent as a resident in the Department of Radiology. Clinical responsibilities are split between the two teaching hospitals, Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital.
All clinical rotations are 4 weeks. The first six months are dedicated to rotating through Chest, Bone, Pediatric Radiology, Ultrasound, Body CT, Neuroradiology, and Nuclear Medicine prior to taking overnight call. Call is typically once per week with no weekend daytime coverage. Residents are typically scheduled for 3 to 4 rotations in the various subspecialties of radiology during their 4 years of training. There are 2 Cardiac Imaging rotations. Both training sites have a 64 detector CT for coronary CT angiography. There are 3 Tesla magnets at both hospitals. Graduating residents are typically certified to read cardiac CT and MRI. There is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Imaging rotation in first half of the fourth year. The resident gets to work with a MFM attending physician from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.
We provide early experience in Interventional Radiology, Body MRI, and Pediatrics. We fund the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology course during the third year. We allow study time during the day prior to taking the Physics, Written and Oral Board exams administered by the American Board of Radiology. We provide on site instruction by in house physicists and group study prior to taking the Physics exam as well. Our noon conferences are given predominately by attending radiologists, having a mix of case based and didactic based lectures. We have a core curriculum for lectures to be covered every two years. We give a mock oral exam for second, third and fourth year residents in February every year. We also have a book club once per week and journal club once every two months.
As you can see, we take education very seriously at Southern Illinois University. Once you come and see for yourself, you will be impressed with our training program.
John B. Becker, Jr., M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology
Program Director of Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine