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Radiology ~ Chair's Message

 

Welcome to Tulane University Medical School department of Radiology.  We pride ourselves in delivering progressive diagnostic imaging, and minimally invasive procedures. Our mission is timely, patient oriented care while providing education to our trainees and patients. To sustain optimal care and education we not only conduct our own research but we stay current by reviewing advances from other institutions and the literature. Our bottom line is to provide optimal care that each of us would expect for ourselves.

Our training program is designed to provide a variety of both didactic and hands on experiences to educate our residents for the many aspects of Radiology in a collegial atmosphere.

Tulane’s Department of Radiology accepts four residents annually into a categorical five year program (PGY 1-5) covering all aspects and subspecialties of diagnostic and interventional radiology. Preliminary candidates who match into our program are automatically guaranteed an internship position in Internal Medicine at Tulane Medical Center. A portion of this internship is spent within our own interventional radiology department, where residents can get an early exposure to IR and radiology in general.

Residents gain experience and instruction in all areas of medical imaging including general radiology, CT, MR, MSK, US, IR, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Pediatric and Women’s imaging. There are 24 imaging rooms, including Tulane Medical Center, Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, New Orleans Children’s Hospital, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, West Jefferson Medical Center and the VA where residents and faculty perform over 300,000 procedures annually. This leads to a variety of rotations where diversity translates into a more comprehensive experience.

In the first year, the residents will receive orientation topics in general radiography, fluoroscopy; multimodality imaging of the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal structures; neuroradiology, pediatric, IR, nuclear medicine; CT/MRI, and ultrasound. The second year covers much of the same rotations as the prior year with deeper emphasis on a resident’s ability to function as an upper level, including teaching younger residents and medical students, as well as focusing on a higher level of detail within these specialties. Third and fourth-year residents continue to rotate through general diagnostic radiology, neuroradiology, body imaging, CT/MRI, PET/CT, pediatric, IR, musculoskeletal radiology including sports medicine imaging, and mammography utilizing digital breast tomosynthesis. 

 

Subspecialty lectures, core and board review, physics, journal club, angio club, grand rounds and internationally known guest speakers fill the monthly schedule for resident lectures. Residents also participate in teaching others with, inter- and intradepartmental conferences.

Tulane has a dedicated Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine (TISM) providing specialized care for sports injury and the radiology department is the primary provider of diagnostic imaging for TISM, which further enriches the experience of residents in this sub-specialty.  In addition, TISM is one of only four centers that provide care related to traumatic brain injuries in NFL players.  The radiology department is poised to provide all aspects of advanced diagnostic imaging, particularly in the neurological evaluation of the patients, which includes diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and fMRI.

Research experience is readily available and is seen as a valued and expected portion of a resident’s education (as by our department and the ACGME).  Each resident is expected to select a project during their first year that is to be completed by at the time of graduation. Secondary projects, including posters, presentations and peer-reviewed papers are highly encouraged. The staff is eager to both mentor and assist with these projects. You will find that Tulane provides a plethora of resources to support research and follow up for those who are interested.

Department faculty are recognized for their extensive academic involvements in all subspecialties. The Tulane Radiology Department faculty regularly present lectures as well as educational and scientific exhibits at national and international radiology meetings.  The faculty have made volume of contributions to professional books and journals.  The Tulane faculty also serve as radiology section editors for sub-specialty and general medical journals. 

Finally, a resident at Tulane can achieve a superior, well-rounded experience and education while enjoying the camaraderie of our department in a pleasant environment. Not to mention, of course, our beautiful city!