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 and Chest CT), Emergency Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology (MSK X-Ray), Neuroradiology (CT & MR), Pediatric Radiology, Night float, and Vascular/Interventional Radiology.
Years 2, 3 and 4 of residency training include year one rotations plus additional experience rotations emphasizing all facets of radiology, including: Cardiac CT & MR, Nuclear Medicine, PET and PET/CT Fusion Imaging, Musculoskeletal MRI and CT, and Women’s Radiology.
Residents are encouraged to participate in scholarly activities throughout the four years of training. Additionally, residents are allotted 8 weeks of dedicated research time in the third year to pursue an approved project of their choice. 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. We offer numermous mini fellowships, Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR), and the opportunity to complete the 16-Month Pathway to Dual Certification in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology. 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.