THE PROGRAM


Who We Are

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We are dedicated young doctors learning a complex craft.

We are parents, friends, and former research scientists.

We are ambitious, collegial, and unified in our mission.

 

We are continuously improving our skills and ever swift to teach.

We are essential members of a vibrant healthcare system.

We are proud champions of our underserved community.

 

We are exceptional physicians.

We are the medical imaging leaders of tomorrow.

We are...LAC+USC Radiology.


Where We Work

In order to obtain varied, comprehensive clinical exposure throughout training, our residents rotate at three distinct clinical sites, which are all within the USC Medical Campus located just three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

LAC+USC MEDICAL CENTER

With origins dating back to 1878 and being recently rebuilt in 2008, LAC+USC Medical Center (a.k.a. "County") has become one of the largest public hospitals in the nation.  The strengths of training at County are rooted in the medical center's role in providing accessible healthcare to the diverse communities of Southern California, as well as in hosting one of busiest emergency departments in the country. Additionally, the medical center is the busiest Level I trauma center in the region, with over 4,500 "trauma only" cases per annum. Finally, County promotes resident growth by remaining solidly grounded in its identity as a truly resident-driven teaching institution. A majority of resident rotations are completed at LAC+USC.

KECK HOSPITAL OF USC

Resident training at Keck Hospital of USC ("Keck") is enriched by its status as a private tertiary/quaternary referral center that provides care for some of the most complex and acutely ill patients in the world. In addition to its medical services, Keck operates thriving heart, kidney, liver, and lung transplant programs; it hosts comprehensive surgical and neuro-oncology programs; and its surgeons perform some of most advanced techniques in urological and vascular surgery.  Furthermore, the hospital's Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology is a "full service" department, performing the gamut of diagnositic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive interventional oncology procedures. Regarding case volume, Keck Medical Center physicians received over 420,000 outpatient visits and performed over 19,000 surgeries/procedures in 2016. A majority of resident experiences at Keck take place during R4 mini-fellowships. 

USC NORRIS COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

Designated as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center ("Norris") is a leader in cancer prevention, treatment, education, and research. In addition to providing diagnostic services, Norris provides interventional radiology services to its highly specialized patient population. It also maintains an active affiliation with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, which is home to the largest pediatric hematology/oncology program in the US. Residents complete a designated oncologic imaging rotation at Norris as an R3, and also spend time there during R4 mini-fellowships. 


What We Do

CLINICAL SERVICES

We pursue expertise in patient care via the interpretation of all forms of medical diagnostic imaging, including radiography (X-rays); computed tomography (CT); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); sonography (ultrasound); nuclear medicine (e.g., PET); and fluoroscopy; as well as performing minimally invasive, image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our duties comprise all divisions of clinical radiology, such as musculoskeletal radiology, emergency radiology, neuroradiology, cardiothoracic imaging, pediatric imaging, women's imaging, and vascular/interventional radiology. Direct patient care is by no means limited to IR rotations; procedures are a part of regular daily operations on multiple services, including ultrasound, body/cardiothoracic imaging, GI/GU, neuro, and MSK rotations. 

CALL DUTIES

We participate in various evening, weekend, holiday, and overnight call pools. In brief:

  • Weekend and holiday daytime hours for County inpatient and emergency radiology are covered for 12 consecutive months by the most junior resident class beginning in January (i.e. from January 1 of the R1 year, to December 31 of the R2 year). This averages out to slightly over two day shifts per month. Direct faculty supervision is available.

  • Weekend and holiday daytime hours for Keck and Norris are collectively covered by R2's (after January 1), R3's, and R4's. This approximates to slightly over one shift every other month. Faculty supervision is both direct and immediately available.

  • In each of the R3 and R4 years, there are two weeks of overnight coverage, in which residents are responsible for the County ED and all (County, Keck, and Norris) inpatients.

  • For two months during R2 and one month during R3, residents on Interventional Radiology rotation carry pagers in order to provide 24-hour coverage for County. Two to three residents are on service at a time.

  • R3's are scheduled a call-free period preceding the Core Exam in order to aid in exam preparation.

EDUCATION

The Department provides ample structured learning experiences through its daily conference series, as well as through two separate curricula for new R1's (a "Boot Camp," and the year-long "Radiology Club"). Faculty also execute a conference series for R3's preparing for the Core Exam.

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