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 Diagnostic Radiology Residency and Education

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How to Arrange a Rotation or Interview 
Selection Process for Residency

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Training Program
The Tripler Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is fully accredited by the ACGME for 4 years of training with five residents at each level. Typically four of the five positions are "pre-selected" medical students.  This full accreditation was granted following the most recent site visit in February of 2005. The program was given a five year accreditation (longest accreditation given).  A PGY-1 internship must be performed prior to the four year Diagnostic Radiology residency.

    Program Strengths:

·         Close working relationship between the attending staff and the residents.

·         Easy attending staff accessibility. 

·         Diverse patient population, over 250,000 active military population and family members, and other beneficiaries to include VA patients and retirees.

·         Wide spectrum of untreated, advanced stage diseases and parasitic disease problems from a patient population from Pacific Island Health Care Project, including telemedicine opportunities.

·         High degree of resident responsibility. 

·         Top quality attending staff, with a balance of experienced general radiologists and fellowship-trained radiologists. 

·         Specialty expertise in all areas of Radiology represented. 

·         Active interventional radiology section with many opportunities for the performance of interventional procedures.

·         Active academic environment with conferences between orthopaedics, general surgery, pulmonary, neurosurgery, neurology, pediatrics, urology, and otolaryngology. 

·         Up to date resident library with lounge and personal cubicle for every resident.

·         Twice a day lectures Monday through Friday by both staff and residents.

·         Core curriculum utilizing a basic Diagnostic Radiology text with lectures through the year once a week based on Brant and Helms, Fundamentals of Diagnostic Radiology

·         Tripler scored above 90 (on a scale of 0-100) on the last two JCAHO evaluations.


  High Technology Equipment


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  1. GE Centricity computerized radiology imaging archive and retrieving system (PACS system) updated in late 2005, includes workstation 3-D software and web based desktop access
  2. current GE Excite HD 1.5 Tesla MRI suite
  3. additional Siemens Trio A Tims 3.0 Tesla MRI suite under construction
  4. one 16-slice and one 8-slice GE Lightspeed CT scanners
  5. GE LS PET/CT suite under construction
  6. Nuclear Medicine department with ADAC Vertix gamma camera, Phillips Forte and Starlight gamma cameras pending installation
  7. Three ACUSON Sequoia 512 and three Philips ATL HDI-5000 ultrasound systems
  8. two GE DMR mammography suites with Fischer table and SenoRx stereotactic and vacuum assisted biopsy system
  9. three fluoroscopy suites
  10. two interventional suites

   Educational Program/ weekly schedule:

  • Daily staff lecture at 0730 –0830.
  • Daily service work 0730 – 1700.
  • Daily resident lecture from 1600-1630. 

Weekly neuroradiology, GI, pulmonary and other subspecialty conferences.  Journal club is monthly. Individual sessions as needed/requested.  As one may imagine, Hawaii is a great place to visit.  As a result Tripler Radiology is able to attract many national leaders in the field of radiology to give guest lectures.


  Program Overview:
PGY-2 Residents start at the PGY-2 level after a completion of an internship. The year is dedicated to learning general radiology under the supervision of senior residents and attending staff at Tripler. The first year is a foundation year of basics as well as understanding modalities to begin taking call.  Diagnostic call starts following the sixth month of residency.  

PGY-3 and PGY 4 residents begin expanding their knowledge base through increase involvement in services and further reading assignments PGY-4. In the  PGY3 year, the residents will rotate to the Armed Forces Institute of Technology (AFIP) in Washington, DC. Additional responsibilities include teaching medical students and junior residents.  Typically residents take the physics written boards as a PGY-3 and the diagnostic written boards as a PGY-4.

PGY-5 Is spent preparing oral boards as well as continuing to rotate through the 10 subspecialty areas. Mammography accreditation is completed the last six months of residency so residents fully meet the ACR mammography certification when they graduate. Again the additional responsibilities include teaching junior residents, leading academic sessions, and "running" the service. The opportunity to train and test for EFMB is also possible.

  Medical Student Rotation:
Many students rotate as in Diagnostic Radiology. Typical rotations last 4 weeks. Funding maybe available for HPSP students on ADT. TDY funding maybe available for USUHS students. Many come at their own expense. A monthly rotation schedule is used and students rotate through many of the subspecialty areas daily with elective time available.

Giving a short talk is encouraged, but not required. 

Selection Process for Residency

To arrange a rotation or for more information, contact:
Student Coordinator
Medical Education Office
Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii 96859-5000
(808) 433-6992 

    Within the Department of Radiology contact:
Program Coordinator
Department of Radiology 
Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii 96859-5000
(808) 433-6588

To arrange an interview only, contact:
Department of Radiology
Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii 96859-5000
(808) 433-6393

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