In July 2007, the University of Kentucky acquired Good Samaritan Hospital. Thus, the University of Kentucky Hospital is essentially two campuses, UK Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital, and is under one governance. Residency training occurs at both. The Chandler Hospital is a quaternary referral center inclusive of all clinical services and has Kentucky’s only Level 1 trauma center. UK Good Samaritan Hospital is slightly more community-based, though it now includes many of our clinical services. These two hospitals are within walking distance of one another, and are located at opposite ends of the University's main campus.
Residents are assigned to monthly rotations in various subspecialty sections supervised by faculty members. Each rotation follows clearly stated goals & objectives for each level of training and are reviewed with the resident at the start of each rotation. Core rotations include: Abdominal Radiology, Cardiothoracic Radiology, Emergency Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, Vascular/Interventional Radiology and Women’s Radiology. Additional elective rotations in areas of interest are encouraged throughout the entire 4-year training program.
During the residency, each individual resident is given increasing responsibility for performance of procedures and interpretation of images with the supervision of the attending physicians. Year one of training consists of rotations emphasizing Abdominal Radiology (Body CT, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound), Cardiothoracic Radiology (Chest X-Ray), Emergency Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology (MSK X-Ray), Neuroradiology (CT & MR), Pediatric Radiology, and Ultrasound. First-year residents also participate in faculty supervised weekend read-outs once every 6 weeks. There are no independent call responsibilities during year one of residency training.
Years 2, 3 and 4 of residency training include rotations emphasizing all facets of radiology, including: Cardiothoracic Radiology (Thoracic CT & MR and Cardiac CT & MR), Nuclear Medicine, PET and PET/CT Fusion Imaging, Vascular/Interventional Radiology, and Women’s Radiology.
Beginning in the second and third year of training, residents are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities and are allotted dedicated research time (4 weeks each year) to pursue an approved project of their choice. In addition, third-year residents attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Silver Spring, M.D. for a four-week course in radiologic-pathologic correlation.
During the fourth year of residency training, focus is directed toward preparation for fellowship and/or independent practice. Senior residents have the opportunity to design their own curriculum within the constraints of ACGME and ABR requirements. This allows residents to tailor their education to meet the needs of their planned career path. Additional research time is also available during the fourth year for residents with a defined project and academic career plans. At the conclusion of the fourth year, residents will have met all of the requirements necessary to become board-certified and practice independently in the specialty of radiology.