Diagnostic Radiology

Welcome to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Spokane

Letter from the Director

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in the Providence Diagnostic Radiology Residency program in Spokane, Washington. Our program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and meets all of the requirements of the American Board of Radiology.

We are a small, friendly, community-based program, providing four years of excellent training in all aspects of medical imaging. Residents receive their training in a modern tertiary care hospital and several busy state-of-the-art imaging centers.

We believe in giving residents one-on-one staff to resident teaching. Throughout their training, residents are supervised by fellowship-trained radiologists. As they gain experience and knowledge, residents are given graduated responsibility in managing patients and performing procedures. By the end of the residency they are able to function as junior faculty.

Daily conferences, a weekly physics course, journal clubs, practice examinations and the AIRP course all help our residents develop the knowledge and skills needed for a general radiology practice. Once a week, all residents are excused from their rotations to participate in an afternoon teaching session. Cases, didactic lectures and exam preparation are reviewed with faculty supervision

We hope you’ll take the time to visit Spokane. The surrounding forests, lakes and mountains provide wonderful recreational opportunities. And Sacred Heart offers a friendly, stimulating environment for the resident in training.

-Justin A. Frederick, M.D., Program Director

About Us

Spokane Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

The Providence Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Sacred Heart Medical Center is a five year Categorical Program, through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) at the PGY-1 level (Transitional Year Program), which continues to be a fundamental part of radiology training and meets accreditation and board certifying requirements. As a categorical program, we do not offer advanced PGY-2 positions.

Our Education And Community Partner

Providence partners with Inland Imaging, LLC to provide high quality education designed to produce well trained, competent radiologists who are able to function in an academic or private practice setting. Residents receive their training at Sacred Heart and at Inland Imaging’s outpatient imaging centers, located within walking, or a short driving distance from the medical center.

All sites feature cutting-edge technology, including an innovative PACS system with voice recognition, computerized workflow and 24-hour tech support.

Our program is staffed by more than 90 radiologists covering a 3 state area-

The teaching faculty, all of whom are sub-specialty trained, is responsible for ensuring adequate training in his or her area of expertise, corresponding to the nine sections tested by the American Board of Radiology. All of the radiology staff are dedicated to teaching residents and participate in board readouts, case reviews and didactic lectures. During each of the rotations, the resident is closely supervised by a staff radiologist.

Sacred Heart Department Of Radiology

Our residents primarily work in Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, a busy tertiary Level 2-designated trauma center with a large catchment area that includes Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Western Montana. With 644 licensed beds, Sacred Heart is one of the largest hospitals in the Northwest.

Upgrades and remodels are in constant cycle in order to keep pace with the ever-changing medical community. In fact, the radiology department has undergone continuous expansion over the last decade. Investment in groundbreaking technology and review of standards of all equipment is completed regularly.

  • Two state-of-the-art MRIs (1.5T and 3T) are used for imaging, interventional procedures and research. The ultrasound lab boasts four state-of-the-art units, all equipped with Doppler imaging (several portable machines are also utilized for critically ill patients).
  • Three CT units including a 320 slice CT scanner, are used for helical and cardiac scanning. Three adjacent interventional suites allow residents to be involved in a greater number of cases, including neurointerventional procedures, RF ablation, cryoablation, and Y-90 radioembolic therapy.
  • Three whole-body gamma cameras are capable of SPECT scanning.
  • There are five fluoroscopy suites which are used for gastrointestinal and musculoskelatal procedures.

Imaging Centers

Residents will participate in fluoroscopy and interventional rotations at Providence Holy Family Hospital, a progressive, full-service hospital offering advanced medical and surgical care. This center has digital interventional and radiology suites, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, 4- and 64-slice CT units, and four 1.5T scanners, including a wide bore GE 450W and an extremity magnet for specialized musculoskeletal imaging.

During the mammography rotation, residents read a large number of digital screening mammograms and participate in diagnostic studies—localization and stereotactic—and ultrasound-guided biopsies at a nearby Women’s Imaging Center. Residents also participate in MRI-guided breast procedures, Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) and Tomosynthesis.

In the ultrasound lab, residents interpret abdominal, pelvic, high-risk obstetric and vascular examinations.

During the nuclear medicine rotation, residents review studies using single and dual head gamma cameras and DEXA scanners, and are also introduced to PET/CT imaging.

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I HAVE TO DO MY TRANSITIONAL INTERNSHIP AT SACRED HEART OR CAN I DO A PRELIMINARY YEAR AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION?

Yes, all our radiology positions are categorical positions, contracted through the NRMP match. These positions include the Transitional Year Program. Thus, if you match with our program, you will be coming to Spokane for a total of five years. If you were to do a preliminary year elsewhere, not only would the upcoming position be filled by a current resident completing his or her Transitional Year, but you will have already used your funding for the preliminary year.

HOW MANY POSITIONS DO YOU TAKE PER YEAR?

We accept two NRMP match positions each year.

WHAT ARE SOME REQUIREMENTS OF THE RESIDENT ONCE HE OR SHE MATCHES WITH YOUR PROGRAM?

Residents give interactive presentations during Teaching Afternoon on Thursdays; participate in morning rounds; journal clubs; tumor board conferences; and give presentations to other residents in the Providence system; they also complete scholarly activities.

ARE YOUR RESIDENTS ACCEPTED INTO FELLOWSHIPS AFTER RESIDENCY? DO THEY FIND GOOD JOBS?

Yes, we have high placement of our residents into the fellowship programs they desire. There is administrative help available to the residents as they begin the application process. This is also true for employment opportunities. You might wish to visit our Alumni page to see the programs and job opportunities some of our recent residents have chosen. 

DO YOU OFFER CLERKSHIPS?

We offer radiology elective clerkships to fourth-year medical students. You will need to contact the radiology residency program coordinator prior to applying for a clerkship to inquire if there are open rotation slots available. Clerkship slots are given to students from medical schools who are affiliated with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center first. If there are any remaining slots available, they will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

DOES YOUR PROGRAM ACCEPT COMLEX BOARD SCORES IN LIEU OF USMLE BOARD SCORES FOR OSTEOPATHIC STUDENTS?

No, we require USMLE scores from all students applying to our program.

Graduate Medical Education Policies

The Spokane Teaching Health Clinic and the Diagnostic Radiology Spokane Residency Program have developed several important graduate medical education policies.

Contact Us

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Sherry Bucholz, C-TAGME
P: (509) 474-3021

For more information:

Email: Sherry Bucholz