Curriculum

The emphasis of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency curriculum is to learn knowledge and skills outlined by the American Board of Radiology utilizing a system-based approach including all subspecialties (e.g., neuroradiology, musculoskeletal, pediatric radiology, etc).

The Department of Radiology at Cooper University Hospital has developed objectives to guide the residents through each clinical rotation defined per year of residency standing. Clinical rotations enable the resident to accumulate knowledge, develop technical skills and establish decision- making processes by continuously reading cases and performing procedures under one-to-one faculty to resident supervision. Our senior fourth year residents have large blocks of elective time to individualize their training in preparation for their fellowship and future practice.

Four week block rotations allow for 13 rotations for the year:

FIRST YEAR: General Radiology, Chest, Emergency Radiology, Fluoroscopy, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatrics, Mammography (1/2), Body CT (2), Neuroradiology (2), Musculoskeletal CT/MRI, Ultrasound, and Research (1/2)

SECOND YEAR: Body CT, Body MR, Interventional (2), Mammography, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal CT/MRI, Nuclear Medicine/ PET-CT, Pediatrics, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, General Radiology, and Elective/Research.

THIRD YEAR: Body CT, Body MR, Interventional (2), Neuroradiology, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine/PET-CT, Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital Philadelphia, Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, General Radiology, AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology), Obstetrical Ultrasound

FOURTH YEAR: General Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Electives (9-10)

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) 

Cooper has been approved for two ESIR positions for the fourth year of residency.

What is ESIR?

The purpose of ESIR is to provide an alternative path for DR residents who identify an early desire to enter into IR. ESIR is a modification of the curriculum in a DR residency. The establishment of a uniform ESIR curriculum at participating DR residency programs will ensure that these residents obtain adequate IR training. ESIR training requires residents to rotate in 12 IR or IR-related rotations during PGY2-5 with documentation of 500 IR or IR-related procedures. DR residents that complete the prescribed ESIR training and satisfy the IR procedural requirements will be eligible to receive credit for the first year of the Independent IR Residency and enter directly into the second year the Independent IR Residency program at their institution or another institution, thus still being able to complete training within 6 years. These residents will enter via the NRMP independent residency Match. The independent residency programs can chose from a pool of ESIR qualified DR or conventional DR candidates. Critically, the DR residency program must be pre-approved to support ESIR based on their ability to provide a suitable IR curriculum.