About The Program

About The Program

Welcome to the University of Louisville 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.

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 2018-2019 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

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.

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. The Department also pays for registration fees for core exam review courses and provides additional monies to cover travel expenses. One lab coat and personalized jacket are provided to each incoming resident. Residents are highly encouraged to have a tablet or smartphone. 

You will be entitled to four weeks of vacation per year as well as time off to attend core exam review courses such as Huda Physics Review, and AIRP. You may also be entitled to time off to attend conferences. If you present at an approved conference you may be eligible to have a portion of your travel costs covered by the department.

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.

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