Educational Experience

Resident education is a major priority of the department which includes over 40 faculty attending radiologists, physicists, and research scientists dedicated to resident education.

MUSC is the top overall hospital in South Carolina as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. We specialize in tertiary care including organ transplantation, oncology, and cardiac disease. Resident rotations are centered at the main campus. MUSC provides care to a diverse patient population including the following institution highlights: 

  • Level 1 trauma center and the only hospital in South Carolina to receive the highest national recognition for trauma centers through the American College of Surgeons.
  • MUSC Children’s Hospital, the premier children’s hospital in South Carolina, with exceptional medical care, cutting-edge procedures and research, unparalleled specialty and subspecialty care as well as state-of-the-art technology. Construction on the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital is underway with an anticipated completion date of 2019.
  • Hollings Cancer Center is one of the leading cancer treatment centers in the Southeast with a full range of cancer specialties and multi-disciplinary clinics. Hollings Cancer Center is the only NCI designated cancer center in South Carolina, recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the top 25 percent in cancer care, and accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
  • Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves more than 58,000 Veterans in 21 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline.
  • MUSC is the only solid organ transplant center in South Carolina.

Faculty

Our faculty includes some of the most prominent leaders in radiology. Several faculty members serve on national committees for RNSA, ARRS, AUR, ABR, and ACR. Many members of the department are sought after as speakers at national and international meetings. Our faculty members are experts in their various subspecialties of radiology.

Radiology Faculty

Radiology Divisions

Call/Night Float

First year residents take no overnight call. Residents begin taking call in a night float system during their second year of radiology training. During each block, four residents are assigned to night float with two residents in-house each shift, an upper level and a lower level resident. Night Float is completed during the second, third and fourth years of radiology training. Our night float rotation adheres to ACGME work hour guidelines. Residents will have approximately three months of night float both as a lower and upper level resident. There are no additional overnight call responsibilities other than the night float rotations. Our attending radiologists do not stay in house overnight but on-call residents always have attending back-up available. We believe independent resident call is an important and valuable aspect of residency training. The residents on call act as the primary radiologists for the hospital and are integral members of the care team.

Lectures

Our faculty takes great pride in day-to-day teaching on clinical services and organized formal lectures. Noon conferences from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. are offered daily and residents are given protected time to attend. Conferences are led by faculty with clinical expertise in their respective subspecialties. Conferences are a mixture of didactics and cases with incorporation of innovative educational tools. A core curriculum provides a comprehensive approach for teaching important topics in each subspecialty area and also includes lectures on non-interpretative skills. The core curriculum is updated and repeated on a two-year cycle. In addition, there is a grand rounds series with visiting professors.

Physics is taught by our medical physics department. Our physics curriculum was modified in accordance with the new ABR exam structure and is focused on clinically relevant physics. Physics is also integrated into clinical conferences. Residents also rotate through a 2-week course on clinically integrated physics during their R-3 year.

Resources

Residents are provided educational resources including a large collection of journals and textbooks within the MUSC library. The department also provides access to StatDx, Radprimer, and Board Vitals.

Rotations

Residents rotate through subspecialty rotations in 4 week blocks for a total of 13 blocks per year. The program’s curriculum is structured over the first three years of training in order to provide each resident with a strong background in all aspect of radiology, both clinical and non-interpretive. The fourth year allows for elective time to pursue individual interests. Mini-fellowships/areas of concentration are available in the R4 year.

Board Exam

Beginning in March, the clinical and medical physics faculty provide daily conferences devoted to preparing our 3rd year residents for the ABR Core Exam. Additional morning and evening conferences are also available for exam preparation. Our residents perform extremely well on the ABR Core Examination with scores higher than the national average over the past five years.

IR/DR

MUSC has received ACGME accreditation for an integrated IR/DR residency program. We will accept applications for two integrated residency spots per academic year. We have also been approved for Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR). ESIR will include three years of full-time clinical radiology experience including the standard three months of IR during PGY-2 through PGY-4 years. The PGY-5 year will include an ICU month along with nine months of IR resulting in 12 months of IR during residency. Our training curriculum meets all the requirements for the new integrated residency, including outpatient clinics and a consult service.