Residency Program General Information
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency program at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine provides the education and experience necessary to become a skilled general diagnostic radiologist. The program emphasizes all subspecialties of diagnostic radiology including interventional radiology, cardiac imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, ultrasonography, and women's imaging. The radiology departments at the affiliated hospitals, Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John's Hospital, comprise the physical facilities of the program. Residents and medical students have the opportunity to work with radiologists from two of the largest private-practice radiology groups in the country, Clinical Radiologists and Central Illinois Radiological Associates. They were both ranked in the top 16 in the country by the Radiology Business Journal. The radiology departments at the affiliated hospitals have 55 faculty members. The size of the program combined with the large number of faculty ensures extensive contact between residents and faculty.
Residents rotate through all subspecialties of diagnostic radiology including interventional radiology, cardiac imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, ultrasonography, and women's imaging. Radiology residents rotate at 2 affiliated hospitals, Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John's Hospital.
Educational conferences are held M-F 12:00p-1:00p. These are a mix of didactic and case-based conferences, including a QA conference for misses/near-misses and journal club. All noon conferences are catered with free lunch provided. Residents also participate in multispecialty conferences (tumor boards). In-house physics lectures occur Thursdays 1:00p-2:00p weekly, and are taught by medical physicist Dr. Scott Jones. Dr. Jones graduated with a PhD in medical physics from Purdue University.
The SIU Radiology Residency Program is a categorical program; a preliminary-medicine year is automatically granted to all matching residents. The preliminary year operates on an 3+1 system where 3 weeks are spent on internal medicine rotations and 1 week is spent on radiology every month. Residents are considered integral members of the radiology program during their preliminary year and rotate through various subspecialties within the radiology department for one week every month. They also attend radiology conferences starting in October of their PGY-1 year. This lays a strong foundation for the start of the PGY-2 year. In addition, residents become familiar with the two hospital systems (Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital) and develop strong relationships with the residents and faculty who will refer imaging studies throughout their residency.
Each resident is expected to complete at least one research project during the residency. Residents should identify a faculty preceptor and select a research topic during the first or second radiology year. The final project will be presented to the Department at the Annual Academic Radiology Symposium during February of the resident's third radiology year. This project should represent scholarly activity suitable for publication.
Each resident is additionally required to either present at national meeting or publish in peer reviewed journal one research paper. This may or may not represent the topic presented in the third year symposium.
SIU allows 7 calendar days per year for attendance at recognized educational meetings. In addition, the sponsoring Department of Radiology shall reimburse travel, lodging, and tuition expenses for those residents who present a paper or poster at a national or regional meeting. Expense reimbursement will be provided for one presentation of the same research project. Residents are encouraged to present multiple projects if they so desire.
•Radprimer and STAT DX subscriptions
• $500 Book Fund
• $2000 Tuition for AIRP and $800 housing stipend
• $1250 for Physics Review Course
• Free catered lunch at noon conferences
• Doctors Lounge at Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital with free access to 24-hour food, coffee/beverages, and hot breakfast/lunch
• Free ACLS courses
• Free covered parking at both rotation sites
• 7 calendar days per year for attendance at recognized educational meetings.
• Reimbursement of travel, lodging, and tuition expenses for paper or poster presentations at a national or regional meeting
Learn more about salary and other GME benefits here.