Welcome from the Chief Residents
This is an exciting time to be a part of our training program and community. We are made up of a group of 29 diverse men and women who represent many different backgrounds, and we cannot imagine a better place to live or better group of people to be rubbing shoulders with as we progress through our training.
As the program begins the 2014-2015 academic year we continue to focus on improving the curriculum in an effort to enhance resident education. One of the biggest changes we have adapted has to do with the new board certification process recently implemented by the American Board of Radiology. The new format which began this past year now includes a computerized ‘core' examination at the conclusion of the 3rd year which is focused broadly across all of radiology, including not only diagnostic imaging, but also physics and safety principles. This will then be followed by a ‘certifying' examination to take place 15 months after completion of the residency program (3 month after fellowship for those pursuing that additional year of training) and will focus on specific imaging disciplines as chosen by the examinee.
This change in the board certification process has allowed a significant revision in the 4th year curriculum. Here at Penn State, we now give 4th year residents the opportunity to select 3 disciplines of their choice in which to spend 3 months of in-depth exposure, not only in the reading room, but also alongside our clinical colleagues as they see and evaluate patients on the wards, in their outpatient clinics, and in the operating room. This provides a more customized and in depth educational opportunity, with increased quality interactions with the clinicians. The last 3-month block of our 4th year is spent fulfilling requirements in nuclear medicine and breast imaging as well as a dedicated month of image-guided procedures (both CT and ultrasound guided biopsies, drainages, injections, aspirations, etc.).
The way we are educated is also an area of constant change, and we are privileged to work with over 40 extremely dedicated faculty members who truly enjoy the teaching aspect of their careers and are constantly striving to improve our educational experience. Beginning this past year, the program instituted a new educational model wherein each resident is provided a personal electronic tablet with the goal of utilizing these devices during conferences as a means of increased and more efficient audience participation. In addition, the program has purchased electronic licenses for select radiology textbooks, allowing us to keep the educational resources we need in one easily portable and compact device. This investment by the department is just one small example of the importance placed on education. This is also made evident in the number of large- and small-group conferences that occur on a daily basis in the department, not to mention the excellent teaching that occurs in every reading room as residents review their cases with faculty members.
The community in which we live and work is located in the beautiful central Pennsylvania region, and we encourage you to learn more about this wonderful community as you explore your interest in this program. One of the quick links on the main radiology residency program webpage is titled "About Hershey, PA" and will help you get some idea of what the community is all about.
Despite our relatively rural surrounding, several of our residents have been actively involved on the national stage. Most recently, Dr. Kevin Taylor, one of our current 3rd-year residents, was awarded the Gold Medal for his electronic exhibit on acetabular fractures at the 2014 annual ARRS meeting in San Diego, CA. At the most recent AUR meeting our prior Chief Residents were given the opportunity to present the 11th annual Philips Vydareny Imaging Interpretation competition cases as representatives from the Penn State Department of Radiology had won 1st place the year prior.
Despite the changes that come, our department continues to thrive and is filled with quality physicians, technologists, nurses, and other support staff who make this residency a truly enjoyable and formative experience.
Again, we welcome your interest in our training program and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program itself or the community of Hershey.
Brian Bentley, DO
Denny Duryea, DO
Chief Residents '14 - '15