Letter from the Program Director:
Thank you for your interest in the Hartford Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program. Our residency program has been in place for over 65 years and currently trains 5 residents per year. We have no radiology fellowship programs by choice so that our upper class residents are all treated like fellows, enabling hands-on experience on the most interesting and complex cases. Our residents leave here as exceptional radiologists entering competitive fellowships and stimulating careers.
If you are unfamiliar with Hartford Hospital, we are one of the largest teaching hospitals in New England with a strong interest in training the next generation of physicians. With the state’s only helicopter ambulance, our 867 bed tertiary care hospital and regional referral center can draw patients from most of Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts. Additionally on our campus we have the 97 bed Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. These 964 inpatient beds are supplemented by a great outpatient volume to provide you with exposure to all aspects of radiology and pathology during your training. You will get wide exposure to all the clinical disciplines, which facilitates subspecialty career choices after you graduate.
As one of the Northeast’s highest volume surgical hospitals, we cover all the surgical subspecialties; we have one of the largest volumes of robotic surgeries in New England, we pioneered the hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy, and are one of the regions only “bloodless” surgical centers, to name a few. These complex surgical cases require quality imaging for treatment planning, facilitated by radiology-rich interdepartmental conferences and clinics. As a level one trauma center and one of the busiest emergency departments in New England (currently expanding again), you will become comfortable and efficient at reading a wide variety of acute care films. Our nationally recognized Stroke Center, Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, and Women’s Health Center of Excellence will expose you to all the actual pathology that you might only read about in books at other programs. We were even named a Blue Distinction Center for rare and complex cancers.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the program is that while the residency is administered by Hartford Hospital, it is staffed by Radiologists from Jefferson Radiology. Jefferson Radiology is the largest private practice group in New England (28th largest group in the nation) providing a full complement of subspecialty trained radiologists. While the majority of your time will be spent at Hartford Hospital, you also will rotate through the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (on our campus), and in the Jefferson Radiology offices. Additionally, thanks to the interconnectedness of our PACS systems, in conference you can be exposed to interesting cases performed at a wide variety of the outlying hospitals or outpatient offices that Jefferson Radiology covers. Overall, you have the potential to see the interesting cases from 7 hospitals and 9 outpatient offices. (Don’t worry, you only read cases for Hartford Hospital when on call). This mix of inpatient and outpatient cases, along with an exceptional blend of pathology will allow you the flexibility to enter either academics or a high-end private practice career after graduation.
There are ample opportunities for teaching and research during your time here. Hartford Hospital is a primary affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In addition to teaching the junior radiology residents while on service, we have rotating medical students and clinical residents on month-long clerkships in the department. Research is actively supported with mentoring, statistical assistance, study design development, and rolling grants.
I can assure you that the more you learn about our program the more you will be impressed. There is a reason why our attendings have trained at the country’s most competitive programs and chose to practice here. There is a reason that our graduating residents have gone on to the most competitive fellowships in the country, and excelled there.
I can promise you an exceptional 4 years of training in a vibrant learning environment with dedicated teachers and amazing pathology. You will leave here as an extremely capable radiologist, ready to face whatever challenges the changing landscape of radiology has in store.
Michael O’Loughlin, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Applications for a PGY 2 level of training are accepted through ERAS in September.