Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Northwestern Radiology offers a four-year residency in diagnostic radiology that combines patient care, study, and research. The program encompasses all aspects of diagnostic and interventional radiology, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, pediatric imaging, vascular radiology, women’s imaging, and ultrasound.

Residents rotate at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, with the majority of the one-month rotations performed at the state-of-the-art NMH.

Coursework and Training

Daily conferences by faculty, monthly guest lecturers, and the residents themselves, interdisciplinary conferences, clinical teaching at the PACS monitors, and teaching medical students are all part of the comprehensive learning experience offered by the Department of Radiology. Some didactic conferences are recorded as well. The Department hosts a robust monthly Radiology Grand Rounds. Residents are encouraged to attend Chicago Radiology Society meetings to interact with other radiology residents and faculty in the city. In addition to the training in Feinberg’s Chicago campus, the Department pays for tuition and living expenses for residents to attend both the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology in Maryland and the HUDA Physics Review Course during the third year of residency training.

Ample opportunities exist to participate in research activities in the Department with protected research time. Residents receive time and travel funding if they have a peer reviewed oral presentation at a meeting.

Rotations

Call responsibilities vary among Feinberg’s affiliate hospitals. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital there is a two-week night float rotation, with both a junior and senior resident on call overnight in the emergency room and covering the hospital. Residents are evaluated monthly by the staff on their rotations and the residents evaluate the attending staff as well.

Technology

All studies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital are read off of cutting-edge picture archiving and communication system (PACS) monitors. Simplified access to this archive of digital images in conjunction with an advanced radiology information system allow for the development of personal and departmental teaching file databases.

Educational Resources

The incoming first year radiology residents receive an iPad loaded with articles and reading materials for each radiology rotation, which is updated continuously on our server. Recorded conferences can be streamed on the iPads. The Department pays for each radiology resident to have their individual e-anatomy and RadPrimer accounts. Stat DX is also available to residents and fellows.

The Galter Health Sciences Library also offers the full complement of paper and electronic resources. Department resources include a resident room complete with network-enabled computers, a resident library, a collection of the American College of Radiology syllabi, and the ACR teaching file on the department intranet are available for use.

Radiology Interest Tracks

The Department is developing five elective Radiology Interest Tracks to complement and enhance the residents' training: Business of Radiology, Education, Research, Global Health, and Informatics. Residents currently are enrolled in the ACR's Radiology Leadership Institute, an online business curriculum.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Radiology strives to create and maintain training programs that mirror the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine. As such, we embrace diversity as part of our commitment to excellence in our mission areas of patient care, research and education. The Department of Radiology strongly encourages applications from candidates from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine. 

Learn more about our diversity efforts at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Diversity

Learn more about the program via the links below.

Contact Us

Senta Berggruen, MD
Program Director

Julie Franz, MD
Associate Program Director

Rishi Agrawal, MD
Associate Program Director

Cassie Bruggemann
Program Manager
Department of Radiology
Northwestern Medical Group
Phone: 312-695-4447
Fax: 312-695-5645

Michelle Bolivar
Administrative Assistant
Department of Radiology
Northwestern Medical Group
Phone: 312-926-0468
Fax: 312-695-5645

Policy Information

For more information on resident policies and procedures, visit McGaw Center for Northwestern University.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.