About The Program

About The Program

Welcome to the University of Louisville Diagnostic Radiology Residency website!
Dr. TracyVanMeter
Tracy Van Meter, M.D.

Program Director
Lachlan Smith
Lachlan Smith, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Erin Parker
Resident Program Coordinator

Barbara Barnett
Asst. Res. Prog. Coord./
Medical Student Coordinator

 

Our residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and includes 20 residents from all parts of the HelicopterULHcountry. We rotate through four Louisville hospitals, including University of Louisville Hospital, Norton Children's Hospital, the Louisville VA Medical Center, and Jewish Hospital. The majority of time is spent at the University of Louisville Hospital which is a Level 1 Trauma Center and serves as the academic referral center for approximately 1 million people in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Areas of rotation include Angiography/Interventional, Neuroradiology, Body CT/MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, GI/GU Fluoroscopy, Chest, Cardiac, Musculoskeletal, Pediatrics, Mammography, and Emergency Radiology.

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We are a close-knit group even though we have vastly different backgrounds. The relationships between the staff, residents, and faculty is very congenial. Residents are entrusted with responsibilities appropriate to their level of training. By your senior year, you will have a great deal of independence, and will be functioning at the level of a fellow.

You will also have abundant opportunities for research, teaching/mentoring of medical students, and attending national/international conferences.

Program Aims Statement:

The University of Louisville Department of Radiology strives to produce well rounded radiologists with exposure to all facets of radiology, whom are able to excel in an academic or private practice setting. We are committed to maintaining a high level of diversity and continuing to cultivate an environment of inclusion. We aim to provide excellent patient care to our community. This is achieved by providing residents with a comprehensive educational curriculum combined with a vast patient population afforded by our level one trauma center, accredited stroke center, James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Veteran’s Hospital. Our program also strives for continued support for residents’ academic accomplishments which will provide a framework for future endeavors.

Educational Experience:

Our rotations are divided into thirteen 4-week blocks. The first year begins an assimilation of general radiologic knowledge, while the fourth year allows time for two senior selectives in areas of interest as chosen by the resident. Below is a sample of what a resident interested in Interventional Radiology might expect for each of their four years of training.

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Didactic lectures are given daily at noon with a weekly 7 am VIR conference. Journal club is monthly Journal Clubwith bi-weekly case conferences. We have a lecture series dedicated to new R1 (PGY-2) residents each July to help them quickly transition from internship and acclimate to the radiology world. In addition, there is a separate physics course targeted at R3 (PGY-4) residents preparing for the Core exam taught by our own exceptional medical physicist, Professor Chin Ng.

The Graduate Medical Education Office at the University of Louisville also provides the following workshops to residents: Residents as Teachers, Residents and Scholarly Activity, and The Business Side of Medicine. Many residents have found these to be an invaluable tool as they progress through their program.

Outside of their educational responsibilities, residents may also have the opportunity to serve on student organizations and hospital/university committees such as the House Staff Council or the Quality and Safety Leadership Council.

Research:

Many prospects for research are available at the University of Louisville, and residents are encouraged to take part in these opportunities. If a project leads to presentation at a national meeting, the Department will offset the cost in accordance with University guidelines.

ESIR Designation:

The University of Louisville is pleased to have the ESIR track available for one resident per class. We are also approved for the IR Independent Fellowship to begin in the 2020 - 21 academic year.

Stipends & Cost of Living in Louisville:

Louisville is a very affordable city, with a cost of living 5.9% below the national average. With a median home price of $138,900, many residents choose to purchase a home or condo during their time here. Below are the stipend rates for the 2019-2020 academic year:

 

Annual

Monthly

PGY 2

$55,785

$4,648.75

PGY 3

$57,340

$4,778.33

PGY 4

$58,927

$4,910.58

PGY 5

$61,906

$5,158.83

University Benefits:

The University of Louisville has a competitive benefits package for residents, including the following insurance plans: Health, malpractice, disability, life, and accident. Additionally, the Ophthalmology Clinic offers a discount on eye examinations and the Dental School offers a complete dental program.

The GME office provides free parking permits to residents for the HSC 620 parking garage.

Residents have full access to the University’s many fitness facilities free of charge. Family members are also allowed to use facilities for an additional fee.

Residents are eligible to purchase student athletic tickets, which are offered at reduced rates through the Athletics Department. Housestaff also have access to all U of L athletic facilities including the Health Sciences Center Fitness Center, the brand new Student Recreation Center, Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, and Ralph Wright Natatorium, which are located on the main campus.

Many discounts are provided to residents through the following participating organizations: Actor's Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, PNC Bank Broadway Series, and Stage One.

Additional Departmental Support for Radiology Residents:

  • CME Funding (Totaling $2,400): Each resident receives $900 during their R1 year and $500 each subsequent year for continuing medical education. This CME allowance can be used for medical books (discount available through UofL's bookstore), registration fees, attendance at professional society meetings, etc. Unused funds may be carried forward from year to year, and you may use your 4th year funds during your 3rd year. Most residents use their CME funds to pay their annual ABR dues.
  • One lab coat and personalized jacket are provided to each incoming resident.
  • Kentucky medical licensure annual fee
  • The registration fee for AIRP, valued at $1,900.00, is paid for by the department. The four week AIRP course is built into the resident’s rotation schedule.  Residents are also allotted an additional $1,500.00 to offset travel costs to Silver Springs, Maryland where AIRP is held.
  • Third Year residents are allotted an additional $1,000 to use towards one core exam or physics review course during the R3 year. Residents can use these funds to offset registration fees and travel expenses.
  • Third year residents receive a six month subscription to Titan Radiology, currently valued at $594.
  • Residents who present at an approved conference may be eligible to have a portion of the travel costs covered by the department.  Residents presenting will be given additional days off to attend the conference.
  • Third year residents are given five additional days off to use for fellowship interviews.
  • Second, third and fourth year residents participating in the holiday call schedule are granted one week off during Christmas or New Year’s.