Ascension Providence Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Program Features
Ascension Providence Hospital/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program includes:

  • Full range of diagnostic radiology capabilities, including all imaging modalities.
  • Modern equipment and facilities, a full service mammography center, multi-detector CT, three month world class pediatric radiology rotation at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Collegial atmosphere for education. Small program feel with big program volume. Lots of interventional procedures. There is no competition for cases from fellows.
  • Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging at Ascension Providence Hospital

    The entire Radiology Residency Program includes a clinical year in its five year plan. At Providence, you will spend 43 months at the parent institution including Novi, 4 weeks at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) and 3 months at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Time will be spent at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit for additional Nuclear Radiology training.

    The entire experience will be a rewarding, all encompassing adventure covering all aspects of our exciting specialty. The resident will be provided the fertile feeding ground to develop procedural skills and view cases from every possible pathologic category of disease.

  • Program Length

    Program length: 4 years. A clinical year is required before starting the radiology residency. Transitional year is available at Ascension Providence through joint Advanced/Preliminary NRMP match.

  • Available Positions

    First year positions: Three (3)
    Total number of positions: Twelve (12)

  • Resident Selection Criteria

    There are three positions available for each academic year. Maturity, competency and special achievements are carefully considered. All candidates are selected through ERAS applications and NRMP match Program. Clinical year of preliminary training in an ACGME-accredited institution is required. Transitional year is available at Ascension Providence through joint Advanced/Preliminary NRMP match.

  • Program Accreditation

    Our diagnostic radiology residency program is fully accredited.

  • Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology
    1-2 residents from each class may be selected for the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) pathway. ESIR curriculum includes rotations with Vascular Surgery and Neurointerventional services and takes advantage of additional IR case volume at the Ascension Providence Novi campus.
  • Participating Institutions

    Ascension Providence: This is the parent institution and thus is responsible for the majority of the educational experience of the resident in training. The core curriculum is supervised by the Program Director and the Associate Program Director at the parent hospital and most of the major rotations occur here.

    Children’s Hospital of Michigan: The resident’s Pediatric Radiology experience is garnered at this institution. One of the busiest and finest children’s hospitals in the country, this institution provides a world class educational experience in pediatric radiology for our residents. A specific curriculum is followed and the residents are tested by the attending staff at Children’s.

    Ascension St. John Hospital: A two month experience in Nuclear Radiology augments the nuclear experience at Providence. Resident exposure to different protocols, QA methodology, equipment and philosophy rounds out the educational experience of the resident in Nuclear Radiology.

    American Institute of Radiologic Pathology: A four-week period of radiologic-pathologic correlation ensures adequate exposure of the resident to this facet of training.

  • Providence Radiology Residency Program Goals and Objectives
    • Expose the resident to all facets of the practice of diagnostic radiology. The resident will rotate through the same subspecialty area multiple times to maximize learning and acquire progressive responsibility.
    • Provide teaching opportunities for the residents in formal lectures, in one-on-one situations at the view station, at Journal Club, by visiting professors, at outside rotations and lecture series and in case conferences.
    • Monitor resident progress through yearly in-service examinations and objective monthly evaluations at the end of each rotation. Residents will also be evaluated by support personnel.
    • Monitor the success of the program itself and the teaching abilities of the faculty through evaluations by the residents. The program will also be judged by the resident’s performance in the monthly rotations and on their formal examinations. The program will use these evaluations to improve the program.
    • Provide for graduated responsibility through repeated exposures to the same procedures and through increasing responsibilities as the resident moves into the senior levels of the residency.
    • Offer sufficient breadth and depth of radiological experience that the resident is well prepared for the American Board of Radiology Certification examination and that the resident is prepared to independently and competently practice radiology.
    • Provide sufficient clinical background to facilitate interactions between radiology residents and the clinical services.
      Provide an atmosphere which supports and encourages the resident’s research and academic interests.

    The overall objective of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Providence is to produce well-rounded, ethical and independent general radiologists who have balanced experience in all radiological subspecialties. This education includes monthly rotations in the subspecialties according to a curriculum that is designed to reflect the strengths of the program. Residents at Providence enjoy a high procedure to resident ratio and no competition for cases from fellows. The curriculum includes daily intradepartmental teaching conferences, multiple interdepartmental subspecialty conferences, participation in a visiting professor consortium and a core curriculum of radiation physics and biology.

  • Conferences/Didactics
    • Learn all radiographic modalities, including interpretation of conventional radiographs, performance and interpretation of fluoroscopic and angiographic examinations, interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound, MRI, and CT, and various interventional procedures. This occurs in a supervised setting with gradually increasing clinical responsibility over time.
    • Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective. Residents will counsel patients in an effective and informed manner. They will safely perform various examinations, keeping in mind radiation exposure and contrast issues at all times.
    • Incorporate a broad range of medical knowledge into the evaluation of patients and demonstrate an understanding of appropriate imaging studies based upon the clinical setting and evidence-based data.
    • Be a consultant for referring physicians and demonstrate appropriate communication skills.
    • Become proficient in the use of computed and digital radiography and other computer based imaging modalities.
    • Provide clear, concise, and informative reports that are clinically relevant. Residents will notify referring clinicians of urgent and emergent findings in a timely fashion.
    • Demonstrate professional behavior at all times, adhering to ethical principles and demonstrating sensitivity. Residents will be cognizant and respectful of patient confidentiality.
    • Evaluate the scientific literature and apply it to daily practice and develop good habits of continuing medical education.
    • Be involved in teaching of students, peers, and other members of the health care team.
    • Develop an understanding of the overall healthcare system, including hospital administration, payer reimbursement, and medical-legal issues. The resident will also develop an understanding of our local St. John Providence Health System and what being a part of a national (Ascension Health) system entails.
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Program Director
Mathew Chakko, M.D.
Department of Radiology
Ascension Providence Hospital
16001 W. Nine Mile Road
P.O. Box 2043
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: (248) 849-2203
Fax: (248) 849-5395

Residency Coordinator
Eutropia Rhodes
Phone: (248) 849-2203