Q. How many residents are there?
A. 12 (3 per year)
Q. What is the typically day like?
A. Most rotations begin at 7:30am with the exception of GI. After reviewing morning cases, lunch lecture begins at 12:30pm and usually ends around 1:30-1:45pm. The typical day ends between 4:30-5:00pm after signing out afternoon cases.
Q. What are the benefits of a smaller program?
A. Being a smaller residency program allows 1:1 interaction with faculty on nearly all of your rotations. This allows high quality viewbox teaching that is not available in other programs were you may be on rotation with multiple other residents or fellows. Having no fellows, our program allows residents to gain hands on experience and responsibilities on subspecialty rotations such as Interventional Radiology, MSK and Neuroradiology.
Q. What is the call schedule like?
A. We have recently switched to a 6 day night float system. Residents take call in 2 week blocks from Sun-Sat, 7pm until 7am. Each resident does 3 night float rotations for a total of 6 weeks per year. Saturdays are 24 hour overnight calls and Sundays 8am until 7pm which are divided amongst the residents for the year.
Q. What is your patient population?
A. Situated in the Lakeview community, Illinois Masonic treats a wide range of patient ages and demographics ranging from young healthy adults to the elderly. We also are a level 1 trauma hospital, house a NICU and treat a number of patients at the Creticos Cancer Center. ]
Q. Are there any outside rotations?
A. Yes. We rotate for 12 weeks at the Lurie Children's Hospital, associated with Northwestern University, to supplement our pediatric radiology training. We also spend 4 weeks at Loyola University to supplement Nuclear Medicine training in addition to the 12 weeks at Illinois Masonic. Further, we have started allowing residents to rotate at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL to gain experience with radiology the community/rural setting.
Q. What types of didactic teaching/Conferences are there?
A. Every day there is a lunchtime lecture given by faculty members which typical is 1-1.5hrs. Physics lectures are currently 2 hours from 7am – 9pm given half of the year. We also participate in Internal Medicine M&M Conference, Cardiology Cardiac Imaging Conference and the interdisciplinary Tumor Board Conference. A number of outside lecturers are provided, specifically for Pediatric Radiology and board preparation.