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Average day is 7:30am-5:00pm. Night float system. 24 hour in house attending who is primarily responsible for studies from other hospitals covered by the group (feeling of autonomy/independance did not significantly change when this began).
Faculty is fully engaged in education. Large private practice group (~60 attendings) leads to many different perspectives and styles from which to learn. Busy volume with great pathology.
Great camaraderie among the group. This is radiology, so there is time to have a life outside of work
Would choose this program again over major academic programs. Graduates are very well prepared for fellowships and practice.
Work from 50 to 70 hours a week. Workload is manageable and pathology is vast. This is a level 1 trauma center, stroke center, and transplant hospital.
Jefferson Radiology is the group that works at Hartford Hospital, with over 50 radiologists. They are all great to work with, enjoy teaching, and have a diverse background. Didactic sessions take place from 7:30 to 8:30 and 12:00 to 12:45 every day. Lunch from 12:45 TO 1:15.
Camaraderie is great! Environment is ideal with clean, state of the art reading rooms and procedure rooms. I have a daughter and have enough time to be with her outside of work.
I will certainly feel prepared once finished, and would definitely choose HH again if I had to reapply. The majority of graduates end up going to prestigious fellowships.
Avg shift 9 hrs/day, never reach max of 80 hrs/wk. Overnight shifts run from Sun-Thurs, 12 hrs (total 60 hrs). Shifts very evenly divided amongst seniors with predominance of call in 2nd, 3rd year. No real scutwork to speak of. Lots of cases to read - good variety of pathology (level 1 trauma cntr, stroke cntr, transplants, cancer center, children's hospital etc.). I did a radiology rotation during med school which I felt gave me a good idea of how the place worked.
Many recent updates to hospital overall. No problem with outdated technology apart from PACS which is currently being upgraded. Attendings staffed in the hospital are great teachers. Conferences twice a day every day. Additional interdepartmental conferences available throughout the week.
Program attracts team players, so lots of sharing of info, good cases. Regular social events throughout the year, several at attending's homes. Good IT support, good hardware and recently updated reading room. 5 residents per year with avg 0-1 FMG per class. Balance is hard to achieve in residency, but there is always time for family, fun, exercise.
Great volume and variety of studies to make you a great radiologist. Ample opportunity to do research, but definitely not the main focus of the program. Additional bonuses include seeing how a large private practice radiology group is run, moonlighting, book fund annually, tech fund. Large group of fellowship-trained attendings with connections to programs across the country. No problem getting good (Ivy league etc.) fellowships. I would definitely apply here again.
Typical day starts at 7:30 with conference that goes until 8:30. Our regular work day is until 5:00pm. For the most part, you are out on time. Only occasionally on certain busier rotations you stay a little extra, but that is probably only an hour or so. We also have noon conference every day from 12:00pm to 12:45 pm. We then get time to go to lunch until 1:15pm. This is quite a perk as many residency programs make you have lunch during conference time. For call, we have night float system, which works well. They are long and busy shifts, but you learn and ton during this time. They are separated into weekdays (sun night through thursday night) and weekend (fri and sat nights). Call is heaviest right now during second and third year, but that may likely change with the new board format.
The private group here has grown considerably and is now at least 55 attendings. For the most part, they are great, very sub-specialized and very interested in teaching. The attending's have trained all across the country. This is very helpful when applying for fellowship and future jobs, because of the familiarity and connections that they have.
Conferences are mixed between attending run "core" lectures, attending case conferences, resident case conferences, and resident run lectures. Conference time is well protected and rarely, if ever, do you miss conference because of clinical work.
Lots of perks in this program. We get 5 conference days a year, which is really nice. Not all programs have that. We also get $1100 per year towards books and/or conference fees. We go to AIRP (third year) and get a housing stipend, which does not cover everything, but is a huge help. All fourth years get time to go to RSNA, also including a stipend. If you have something (paper/poster) accepted to a conference, you also get your expenses paid for to attend. When you go to these conferences/AIRP/RSNA and meet other residents, you realize that these are really nice and generous perks to have.
The hospital makes a huge effort to try and stay up to date with technology. I think the resources in our department are great. You really feel that you are up to date with what is going on in the field. We do a lot of higher level imaging that I have found other programs do not do yet.
We have a total of 20 residents, and, I think, a nice working environment. We have several organized social events during the year, and many people also do things together individually.
Hartford and the surrounding neighborhoods are affordable and easy for resident life. Commuting times are very short (unless you choose otherwise!). You definitely have time to have a life outside residency. There is no doubt about that. We don't come close to going over the residency duty hour requirements.
This program has no fellows, which is fantastic for the residents! This allows you (the resident) to do everything - higher level MRI's, all IR procedures, neuro IR procedures, MSK procedures...whatever you want. There is no one (other than a more senior resident) who is in front of you.
Drawbacks to the program include that this is not an academic place. There are opportunities to do research, and that has increased dramatically in the past few years, but I have heard it is still different than an academic place.
This is a very hands on program, without a lot of hand holding. Hartford Hospital is a large hospital with a very busy ER. This combination lets you see a ton of pathology, gets you used to reading a high volume of studies, and prepares you well for the outside radiology world. Our graduates always express feeling comfortable and not intimidated by the high volume they encounter when they start practicing. Most graduates end up doing fellowship, and all at great institutions.
Our day starts at 7:30 and ends at 5. We occasionally have to cover a 5pm to 8pm shift, bridging the gap to the night float resident. We also have a few weeks a year of "night CT", where we work from 5pm - 11pm. During this time, we read only CTs. Our night float coverage is from 8pm to 8am.
We have a nice set up here, with a private group running the residency. With that, we get to see the way the private world works. We get to hear about the issues facing radiologists who have their own group. The faculty still enjoy teaching and there is no shortage of lectures. We have lectures twice a day. We also have Grand Rounds many times a year, and are welcome to go to the NERRS meetings monthly.
The residency tends to draw people who are team players and work well together. We all get along well and tend to see each other outside of work from time to time. We have a good work space and a comfortable, non-threatening environment. We have plenty of time for a life outside of work, even during second year, when our call is the heaviest.
This is a great place to learn how to be an efficient, competent radiologist. You see all types of cases come through and never have to fight with a fellow to read them. The people who are part of the program and faculty all work well together and it makes for a great experience. I would definitely choose to come here again.
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