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Diagnostic Radiology

Department of Radiology Chair: David P. Mayer, MD, MS, FACR Residency Program Director: Oleg M. Teytelboym, MD

Program Overview

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) offers a total of 10 residency positions. This program offers state-of-the-art training in various imaging modalities within a community hospital setting. Residents prosper in an environment where there is a balance of academic achievement with hands-on experience. Graduates of the program have been extremely successful in obtaining fellowships and board certification.

The Transitional Year Residency Program is linked to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency and is both ACGME and AOA accredited.  This transitional Year Residency serves as the preliminary year for the Radiology Program. During this preliminary year, the curriculum includes one month of plain film radiology and one month of ultrasound scanning.

The two community hospital campuses that make up MCMC are Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia. Each year, the staff at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital performs approximately 205,000 examinations. All imaging modalities are available for residency training including:

  • Angiography/interventional radiology.
  • Computerized tomography, including Cardiac CT and Virtual Colonoscopy.
  • Ultrasonography.
  • Nuclear medicine.
  • Spect cardiac imaging.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging.
  • Digital fluoroscopy.
  • Mammography, including digital mammography and stereoscopic biopsy.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • 3-D workstations on site and available from server side access.

The residency program in Diagnostic Radiology is fully approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. In addition, MCMC offers an American Medical Association/American Osteopathic Association (AMA/AOA) certified transitional internship which is combined with the program in Diagnostic Radiology. Both programs utilize the National Resident Matching Program for all positions.

Additional Program Information

Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) Diagnostic Radiology Residency!

Our goal at MCMC is to offer our residents quality training on state of the art imaging equipment, that will provide each resident with the necessary skills to be highly qualified and competent radiologists. The attending radiologists are dedicated to the education of our residents and work one-on-one with residents during rotations.

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, PA and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital are both community hospitals. The learning experience at MCMC is well rounded. Our location also affords the residents the advantage of attending regional subspecialty radiological conferences in the Philadelphia metropolitan area on a monthly basis.

David P. Mayer, MD, MS, FACR
Chairman, Department of Radiology
Mercy Catholic Medical Center

Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) Diagnostic Radiology Residency.

The primary mission of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency is to train superb clinical radiologists. Our faculty are passionate about teaching and work one-on-one with the residents. Many of our patients come from inner city, providing an incredible range of radiologic pathology. As a community hospital based training program we are able to provide friendly and nurturing environment for our residents.

We also provide a well rounded didactic curriculum with two daily conference by faculty and multiple interdepartmental conferences. Our residents also benefit from the educational opportunities within Philadelphia area.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Match Program. We will offer 2 positions in the upcoming interview season. The residency program includes a transitional year at the Mercy Catholic Medical Center.

Oleg M. Teytelboym, MD
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Radiology Residency Program Faculty

Residency Curriculum

The didactic program in Diagnostic Radiology includes daily conferences given by attending radiologists, as well as at least biweekly lectures by visiting professors. Radiological Physics courses are given at Drexel University to the radiology residents.

The program includes a subspecialty rotation in pediatric radiology at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children located in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, all residents attend a six-week course in radiologic pathologic correlation.

Seven months of elective time is available to residents throughout the PGY3-5.

During rotations, residents are working one-on-one with an attending radiologist, pre-dictating studies followed by review of every dictation with the attending radiologist. Every day is a learning experience.

Conferences

The educational program in Diagnostic Radiology includes daily conferences given by attending radiologists, as well as at least biweekly lectures by visiting professors. Radiology residents give a monthly conference for third- and fourth-year medical students who rotate through the institution. Interesting Case Conference and Teaching File Conference are held monthly by the residents and attending radiologists. Visiting Professor Lectures at MCMC and at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, PA are coordinated for residents in both programs. Residents also participate in the monthly City-Wide Pediatric Conference at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Weekly Conferences

MCMC holds weekly Core Curriculum conferences for all residents within the institution.

  • Tumor Board conference is held weekly at both Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. This conference is an interdepartmental conference which includes Radiology, Pathology, Oncology, Surgery and Radiation Oncology.
  • Breast Panel conference is held weekly at both Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. This conference is an interdepartmental conference which includes Radiology, Pathology, Oncology, Surgery and Radiation Oncology.

In addition, Mercy Health System sponsors weekly Grand Rounds from each specialty area of the institution.

Quarterly Conferences

  • Quarterly conferences include Journal Club and Radiology M & M Conferences.
  • Quarterly conferences include Radiology/Medicine.

In addition to intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences at MCMC, residents are urged to attend monthly conferences held throughout the Philadelphia area that are offered by subspecialty societies, including the Angiography Society, Mammography Society, Nuclear Medicine Society, Orthopedic-Radiology-Pathology (ORP) Society, City-Wide Pediatric Conference, Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society and the Greater Delaware Valley Ultrasound Society.

Advanced Equipment

MCMC is equipped with the latest in various imaging modalities, providing residents with onsite state-of-the-art training, including:

Computed Tomography Imaging (CT)
Two 64-Slice and 2 Multi-Detector Spiral CT units installed between 2001 and 2009.

Ultrasound
14 Ultrasound units equipped with power and color Doppler purchased/upgraded between 2001 and 2008.

MRI
1.5T Philips MRI scanner at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, 1.5T Large Bore GE MRI (with biopsy capability) to replace an open field scanner at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital by December, 2010.  1.5T MRI scanner to replace the Mercy Philadelphia MRI scanning during 2010-11.

Digital Fluoroscopy
Four units, with the latest installed in 2002.

Interventional
Two bi-plane digital angiographic suites 2006-2010.

Computed Radiography
All radiographs are acquired through computed radiography.

Nuclear Medicine
Four Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) nuclear cameras with the latest installed in 2005.

Mammography
Three digital mammographic units, and stereoscopic units, the latest installed in 2010.

Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS)
Upgrade in 2007, Radiology has been filmless (except for mammography) since January 2003.

PET
Mobile PET/CT services established in 2004.

3D Workstations
Vitrea workstation, Vitrea workstation server (with server side reconstruction capacity) and Advantage Workstation.

Applications

The MCMC Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program cannot process applications received through any other electronic or paper medium.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Application Requirements

  • Medical School Transcripts
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, if applicable
  • Personal Statement
  • COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2, if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate, if applicable
  • Curriculum Vitae

For more information, please contact Regina Melenski, Residency Coordinator at rmelenski@mercyhealth.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit an application?

MCMC accepts all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed. Applications submitted through ERAS must have complete information to be reviewed.

What Facilities are available to residents?

  • Dedicated Residents' Conference Room.
  • Library: Departmental library available to residents 24/7.
  • Parking: Residents have assigned parking areas on campus with no charge.

What is the call schedule?

PGY2 residents begin the first year with observation evening call for the first twelve months. Evening and Night Float call begins in the PGY3 year. An attending radiologist, as well as Vision Radiology Services, are on-call with each resident. Studies can be reviewed with the attending radiologist through the PACS web server. Residents are on evening call an average of 5 days per month. Night Float call is an average of six weeks per year. Meal allowance is provided for on-call time.

Are there international medical school graduates in the program?

Yes, international medical school graduates participate in the program. MCMC sponsors both H-1 and J-1 visas.