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 65 radiologists. 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 & Children’s Hospital, a busy tertiary Level 2-desiginated 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.
The radiology department performs an average of 197,000 diagnostic studies each year. 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 (4, 16 and 64 slice) are used for spiral 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.
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 a 1.5T standard and dual head MRI.
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 Woman’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.