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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an ESIR (early specialization in interventional radiology) program?

Yes. The ESIR program will allow residents in diagnostic radiology to begin their IR training within their DR residency. Subsequently, only a single year of dedicated IR training is needed for board certification as opposed to two additional years for DR residents who did not participate in an ESIR-approved program.

Are there research opportunities?

Our program offers abundant research opportunities for residents, who are required to undertake at least one research project during residency. Some of the most recent research publications include work within nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, imaging informatics, cardiothoracic imaging and mammography.

Where do residents live?

Affordable housing is available in the immediate vicinity of the hospital. Currently, our residents live within the five boroughs and New Jersey. Staten Island is easily accessible from the other four boroughs and New Jersey via public transportation or by car.

Is Staten Island affordable?

Staten Island is very affordable and has a low cost of living relative to other areas of New York City.

Is housing provided?

Housing is not provided, but as mentioned above, housing is quite affordable in Staten Island.

Do you have PACS?

Yes. We currently use Carestream PACS. We are a fully digital department.

Do you have access to StatDX / RADPrimer / eAnatomy / Titan Radiology / Telerad physics Review?

Yes, all residents have individual access to these resources.

How many beds are there at Staten Island University Hospital?

There are approximately 700 beds in total. 

Are residents expected to read every case?

The primary goal of the program is the education of the residents. Residents are encouraged to read as many cases as they are comfortable, according to their level of training.

What is the typical workflow?

Workflow varies depending on rotation. Responsibilities vary according to year. In the first year, residents always draft reports, which are reviewed with the attending prior to release. In the second year and beyond, residents release preliminary results, available to clinicians, prior to attending review. The goal of the program is ongoing teaching and side-by-side review of all cases with attendings.

Is there 24/7 attending coverage?

Yes, there is an in-house attending 24/7. However, the resident still acts independently on call.

Is there 24/7 ultrasound tech coverage?

Yes. Ultrasound techs perform all ultrasound exams, including on call. However, residents are encouraged to review scans in real time with the ultrasound techs and perform the scans themselves.

What benefits does the program offer?

Highly competitive salary – among the highest in the nation – with excellent health and dental insurance coverage. Note: PGY-II year corresponds to radiology year 1.

Program level, Base salary 

PGY-1:, $77,000 

PGY-2:, $80,000 

PGY-3:, $82,000 

PGY-4:, $85,500 

PGY-5:, $87,000

•    $200 book fund per year – can be used on books or education material such as an iPad
•    Free lunch provided during conference
•    Free subscriptions to STATDx, RadPrimer, eAnatomy, Titan Radiology, Telerad Physics Review Course
•    Free Brandt and Helms textbook
•    Full reimbursement for all conference expenses for one conference per year up to $2,750 at which the resident presents research. In addition, there is partial reimbursement or full reimbursement for conferences thereafter during the same year.

What are the moonlighting opportunities?

Moonlighting opportunities for second year residents and beyond are abundant, including inpatient coverage of Friday night shifts and moonlighting at our outpatient facility.

What radiology equipment does the hospital have?

See above for a complete listing of the radiology equipment at Staten Island University Hospital.

Do the residents attend AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology)? Is it paid for?

Yes, residents attend the AIRP conference (formerly AFIP). Tuition and a $1,500 stipend is provided towards housing.

Are away rotations allowed? What about Global elective?

Yes. Our program is unique in its ability to allow residents to pursue outside rotations, which can be very beneficial for evaluating fellowship opportunities.

Global electives are available as well!

Is there a resident lounge? Call room? Library?

Yes, we have a spacious resident lounge that includes PACS reading stations, a coffee maker and a comfortable couch. A call room is available with private quarters. Our library has an extensive collection of radiology texts, journals and learning files.

What is the conference schedule?

See the conference schedule page for more information.

What is the typical teaching conference style?

Conferences include a case-based, didactic approach that encompass strategies geared toward the new ABR multiple choice board exam. Lecturers often utilize polling and multiple choice physics modules in their conferences.

What is the call schedule?

Residents participate in "buddy call" with a senior resident and attending from 5 - 9pm on Monday to Thursday and 5 - 8pm on Friday. After the first 4 months, buddy call transitions to just the junior resident and attending. Typically, buddy call for first years occurs once a week. First years have all weekend and holiday off.

Beginning second year, seniors cover 39 weekend shifts and 4 holidays throughout the remainder of residency. Shifts include a 10am to 10pm Saturday day shift, a 10pm to 10am Saturday night shift, and a 10am to 10pm Sunday day shift. Friday nights are available as moonlighting shifts.

What is the night float schedule?

Residents complete 13 weeks of night float in total - 7 weeks during second year, 3 weeks during third year, and 3 weeks during the fourth year. First years do not participate in night float. Night floats are from Sunday night to Thursday night, 9pm to 7am.

How many residents are in the program?

A total of 16 residents are in our program (4 per year).

How many vacation days are provided?

A total of 20 week days, which can be taken in any combination.

Do you have medical student away rotations?

These have been done and can be arranged. Please contact us for more information. 

What are the applicant selection criteria?

Candidates are chosen on a diverse set of criteria with no one particular category emphasized. We are looking for well-rounded individuals who are strong academically and possess solid interpersonal skills.

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