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YDMPR Program Overview

Two Year Residency

The program is designed in accordance with the CAMPEP Standards for Accreditation of Residency Educational Programs in Diagnostic Radiology Physics. It will provide prospective residents with two years of structured clinical training that covers a broad range diagnostic radiology physics.
Upon completion of the program, the residents will be eligible to take second (Part II) American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification examination in Diagnostic Radiological Physics.

The residency is a two year training program, which normally begins on July 1st.
It consists of three main required components:

  • Attendance of diagnostic radiology related conferences, seminars, and didactic courses
  • Hands-on training and service in structured clinical rotations
  • Seminar presentations.

The YDMPR program values graduating residents that can work productively in an academic clinical environment. This includes developing a strong clinical physics background, making great educators, and producing peer-reviewed clinical scientific investigations. Residents will gain an advanced knowledge of clinical diagnostic medical physics through supervised hands on experience and didactic activities that cover both imaging physics and clinical radiology. Overtime, residents will begin to work independently and participate in leading educational laboratories and giving physics presentations. Residents will be encouraged to take on projects that improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.

Clinical Duties

Dr. Matthew Hoerner demonstrates physics testing of a radiography system.

The duties associated with the clinical services during the first year of residency will be under close supervision. Duties performed for the clinical services during the second year of residency will be under reduced supervision but all clinical tasks must be approved by a board-certified supervising physicist or Rotation Adviser. A major goal for the resident during the second year is to develop independent clinical and thinking skills and confidence in making clinical decisions. Additional literature reading and topical report assignments may be given during this time to strengthen theoretical understanding of various clinical procedures.

Throughout the residency, the residents will be exposed to a full range of clinical imaging modalities and related services offered at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

This includes:
  • Basic and advanced understanding of image acquisition and formation
  • Review and updating of imaging protocols
  • Routine and advanced image processing methods
  • Pediatric and adult dose management and optimization
  • Special radiation dosimetry program
  • System performance testing and quality evaluation
  • Patient and safety policies
  • Procedures and hospital-wide program for meeting regulatory and accreditation requirements

The Yale Diagnostic Medical Physics section has a wide range of radiation detection and measurement equipment for acceptance and annual testing, with a group of established quality assurance programs.

Equipment is set up for testing field collimation on a portable fluoroscopy unit.

Physicists Matthew Hoerner and Daniel Vergara use an anthropomorphic phantom and advanced fluoroscopy system to validate a patient peak skin dose calculation algorithm.

Yale Radiology & Biomedical Imaging

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Serving the greater New Haven area, Yale New Haven Hospital provides cutting-edge care within a wide spectrum of specialties. The Diagnostic Radiology department is at the forefront of innovative, high-quality, patient-focused care and research.

The clinical department and its affiliates currently houses:

  • 12 CT scanners
  • Dual energy CT
  • 12 MRI scanners for routine and fMRI
  • 8 2D and Tomosynthesis mammography units
  • Many IR, OR, Cardiac cath special procedures suites
  • 2 PET/CT and 8 SPECT cameras
  • More than a hundred radiographic and portable x-ray units
  • Advanced YNHH system-wide PACS.
Three standard CTDI phantoms are joined together here for a clinical research project conducted by the group.

New Haven

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The greater New Haven area provides a vibrant backdrop for a residency training experience. Yale Diagnostic Radiology residents enjoy the benefits of being part of Yale University. Whether you are a fan of the outdoors, the arts, athletics or fine cuisine, New Haven provides an ever-evolving community of diverse people and ample opportunities for engagement outside of work. The beautiful southern Connecticut coastline is shared with New Haven which also offers convenient access to Boston and New York City.
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