The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Diagnostic Radiology Residency program provides a wealth of clinical and academic experiences to our trainees. In all of our affiliated hospitals, we do more than 700,000 imaging exams and procedures each year which is more than double the minimum number required per resident for ACGME accreditation. These studies are performed in a unique combination of educational and patient care environments. On just our midtown campus alone we have a major children's hospital, a university hospital, a cancer center, a major trauma hospital a rehabilitation hospital, and a Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition, we also have the largest community hospital in Southeast Michigan. As a result, we are able to provide excellent training in radiology both as it is practiced in the community, as well as in a variety of subspecialty environments.
Our primary educational objective is to provide our trainees with a comprehensive, four-year, educational experience in all facets of diagnostic and procedural imaging. This includes in-depth exposure and training in the full spectrum of the imaging subspecialties that constitute current radiologic practice. The program provides the residents exposure to an incredible wealth of clinical material in a supportive environment staffed by a large number of radiology faculty. We train our residents to be able to interact with their referring physicians and to function comfortably and competently in their consultative role.
Although the primary focus of the training program is clinical radiology and our residents all actively participate in patient care, the training program is designed to offer extensive educational experiences and mentoring without the burden of overwhelming clinical pressures. The residents attend daily teaching conferences. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the comprehensive lecture curriculum is administered virtually on zoom. All of our first-year residents participate in an intensive, weekly, faculty-mentored study group based on Brant & Helms. The residents also participate in a variety of interdisciplinary conferences as well as monthly journal club and Chair's conferences, as well as in our radiology visiting professor program. All of our residents also attend the AIRP in Silver Spring during their third year.
A second essential educational objective of our program is the development of an appreciation by our trainees for the radiologic literature and research. We strongly believe that experience in some aspect of radiological research is an essential part of university-based residency training in diagnostic radiology. For this reason, we require all of our residents to participate in clinical or basic research with faculty mentors. In addition to presenting their research at intradepartmental and regional meetings, we also strongly encourage our trainees to submit their research for presentation at national and international societies (for which we provide academic time and travel support), as well for publication in mainline journals.
Our ultimate objective for our radiology trainees is for them to have become top-notch radiologists who will be successful in either an academic or private practice career. The goal is to have each resident superbly trained in general radiology as well as in all of the appropriate radiology subspecialties. The objective is also to ensure that the trainees are able to interact appropriately with referring physicians, patients and family and for them to understand that they need to also play a significant role in triaging which imaging examinations are performed and in appropriateness assessment.
The Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Diagnostic Radiology Residency program has been training exemplary residents to be well-qualified radiologists for over forty years. We recruit residents from around the country and around the globe, as well as from our hometown affiliate institution, Wayne State University. Detroit is a vibrant community steeped in and enriched by cultural diversity. In the spirit of our city, our applicants and alumni reflect this diversity in nationality, cultural heritage, and life experiences.
We have a very strong track record of success with the American Board of Radiology exams. Nearly all of our residents choose to pursue fellowship training upon graduation and our graduates attend their top fellowship choices in the nation