The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the Oregon Health & Science University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and meets all of the requirements of the American Board of Radiology. This four-year program is designed to offer an educational experience that encompasses all imaging techniques, including all aspects of plain film diagnosis, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology. The program is designed to provide balance between supervised case interpretation, didactic lectures, research opportunity, and patient care.
Residents who complete this program choose careers in both private practice and academic radiology and may further specialize in diagnostic radiology. Historically, 75 - 80% of the graduates seek further subspecialization in a fellowship although this percentage is now increasing. Residents, although welcome to stay at OHSU for their fellowship, are encouraged to obtain fellowships at other institutions. Our residents obtain fellowships at other top-notch programs, most recently at UCSF, Johns Hopkins, Mallinckrodt Institute, University of Colorado, University of Utah, University of Washington, and Stanford. Others have remained at OHSU for the fellowship or gone directly into private practice. The Department offers fellowships in body imaging, cardiopulmonary imaging, interventional radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, neurointerventional radiology, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, and women's imaging.
The radiology residency program is based at the OHSU Hospital. The radiology resident spends approximately 12 months during the training program at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. These two facilities are on adjoining campuses and connected by a 660 foot climate controlled bridge traversing a 150 foot deep wooded ravine separating the two hospitals. This enables full integration of the two departments and faculty. Residents at both facilities attend the two daily resident teaching conferences held at OHSU Hospital.
OHSU Hospital and Clinics
The OHSU Hospital is located on the campus of the Oregon Health & Science University on Marquam Hill, five minutes from the city center and overlooking the city of Portland and the Willamette River. The 523 bed hospital has over 24,000 admissions per year and houses the inpatient Diagnostic Radiology Department including the Interventional Radiology section. A complete renovation of these areas was completed in 1997. With this renovation, all inpatient facilities and the Emergency Department are housed in the OHSU Hospital. Attached to OHSU Hospital is the recently completed Physician's Pavilion where outpatient radiology services are provided including fluoroscopy, ultrasound and mammography.
The OHSU Radiology facilities contain state-of-the-art equipment. Please visit our Imaging Sections page for current information on our machines.
OHSU provides care to patients who live in Oregon, southern Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, but most are from the greater Portland area. In addition, we provide the radiology services for adjacent hospitals in the OHSU complex, including the Doernbecher Hospital for Children and the Shriner's Hospital for Children. We perform approximately 181,000 diagnostic examinations per year including 3,500 special procedures. OHSU is a public corporation with funding primarily from practice funds and approximately 17% obtained from the State of Oregon with additional funding from Federal and private sources. OHSU ranks in the top 3% in the nation for NIH research funding.
For more information about the OHSU campus, please see OHSU Campuses and Buildings.
Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital
During the four year program, residents are assigned for a total of 12 months to the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospital. The PVAMC is one of the newest hospitals in Portland, having 314 beds and a close clinical relationship with OHSU. Its Radiology Department performs 71,000 examinations per year. Facilities include two CT scanners (two helicals, one of which is a multi-detector), three fluoroscopy rooms, 1 MRI scanner, multiplanar tomography, three ultrasound suites and general radiographic rooms. Resident rotations at the PVAMC include GI/GU radiology, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology including neuroangiography. All of the radiologists at the PVAMC are members of the OHSU faculty and most members of the OHSU full time faculty rotate to the PVAMC. This fully integrated program is important to our residency training program because it contributes a significant additional volume of cases and complements the patient mix found at the OHSU Hospital. Resident participation on rotations at the PVAMC is very similar to that at the OHSU Hospital. All resident work is supervised and reviewed by the faculty.
The Dotter Interventional Institute was established in April 1990 as an independent, free-standing division of OHSU. The Institute was charged with developing a multidisciplinary program in interventional therapy with emphasis on interventional education, research, and patient care. The Institute is fully integrated with the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at OHSU with Frederick S. Keller, M.D. serving as both Director of the Interventional Institute and Chairman of the Department of Radiology. The interventional radiologists perform the clinical work at both the OHSU Hospital and the PVAMC. Diagnostic radiology residents perform a total of four rotations in angio/interventional radiology with experience at both locations with supervision by faculty for all cases. Research activities are centered at the Dotter Research Laboratory. This 10,000 square foot research facility includes two angiographic laboratories for imaging, wet labs, a large workshop for creating and manufacturing interventional devices, the Charles Dotter Museum, a learning laboratory with interactive laser disc machines and CD-ROMS, and the interventional/angiographic film library. Support for research activities include full time researchers, a research engineer, visiting researchers from the United States as well as Asia and Europe, and full time photography support.
OHSU is located on a 116 acre wooded hillside campus in Portland's West Hills overlooking downtown Portland and the Willamette River. Portland, with a population of 1.5 million, is Oregon's largest city and consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the country. The city has 7,500 acres of land in an extensive park system with hiking trails, zoo, arboretum, rose and Japanese and Chinese gardens. Downtown Portland is exceptionally livable and active and is pedestrian friendly both day and night. Cultural opportunities include a center for the performing arts with a symphony orchestra, opera, ballet and theater. Portland supports a NBA basketball team, the Trailblazers, as well as AAA baseball and ice hockey teams.
Numerous opportunities for outdoor activities are available. The local rivers and lakes provide swimming, sailing and world class wind surfing. The mountains on both sides of the Willamette valley are ideal for hiking, fishing and camping and excellent downhill and cross-country skiing. Ocean beaches are a 90 minute drive to the west. The annual rainfall in Portland is 42 inches. The Portland temperature averages 67 degrees in the summer and 42 degrees in the winter.