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Diagnostic Radiology

Department of Radiology Chair: Oleg Teytelboym, MD
Residency Program Director: Justin Mackey, MD

Program Overview

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) offers a total of 10 residency positions. The goal of the residency program is to produce efficient, high quality radiologists who are well-trained in all aspects of Radiology. Through early and consistent hands-on training and a focus on scholarly activity and research, the residency program prepares residents for careers in both private practice and academics.

Residents spend the majority of their training between two main hospitals: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa., and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia. This allows for exposure to a wide variety of pathology given the different patient populations of a suburban community hospital and a city hospital. Residents also learn pediatric radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

With a total of 14 faculty and 10 residents, the strength and foundation of the program come from an intimate one-on-one relationship between attending and resident. This relationship plus a friendly, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment creates a conducive learning experience. Residency education is the core mission of the faculty and this philosophy permeates through all aspects of the training program.

As the program has no fellows, residents are able to interpret a large number of diagnostic cases and perform a variety of interventional procedures (approximately 205,000 examinations are performed between the two hospitals every year). All imaging modalities are included in residency training:

  • Angiography/interventional radiology
  • Computerized tomography, including Cardiac CT, Virtual Colonoscopy, and dual-energy CT
  • Ultrasonography, including contrast-enhanced ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine, including cardiac imaging
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging
  • Digital fluoroscopy
  • Mammography, including digital mammography with 3-D tomosynthesis and stereoscopic biopsy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Residents receive 1.5 hours of lectures on a daily basis including didactic lectures, case conferences, resident run modality-based conferences, and journal clubs. The educational curriculum is continually updated in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of radiology and to best prepare the residents for the Core Exam. Our residents have had great success passing the Core Exam and pursuing fellowships in a variety of specialties in top academic institutions across the country.

Although the program is small in size and primarily situated in a community-based hospital, the atmosphere within the department is that of a larger academic institution. Residents have ample opportunities to pursue research projects throughout their residency and this is evident by the vast majority presenting at major national radiologic meetings including RSNA and ARRS. Many have won awards and been invited to publish their findings in world renowned radiology journals such as Radiographics.

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 transitional year, the curriculum includes one month of plain film radiology and one month of ultrasound scanning. This allows our incoming residents to get acclimated to the radiology department and gain some experience so they can hit the ground running on their first day of radiology residency.

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.

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