The Department of Radiology at Cook County Health is dedicated to training clinical radiologists who will succeed in both academic and private settings.

Residents are assured opportunities to acquire a broad range of diagnostic and interventional skills in all subspecialties and imaging modalities. 
Residents also receive advanced training in emergency medicine in our world-renowned Level 1 Trauma Center. One of our goals is to train the next generation of radiologists who will continue to contribute and expand the field of medical imaging. Ninety percent of our residents pursue subspecialty training in a wide variety of fellowships across the country. 
The radiology residency program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County currently has a total of 16 residents and 30 faculty members and accepts four residents per year. The Department of Radiology has a long tradition of educational excellence. We believe education goes beyond academics. We train our residents to develop positive relationships with referring physicians and continuously strive for quality improvement. We take great pride in our residents and their accomplishments. 
Why choose the Cook County Health Radiology Residency Program? 
The Department of Radiology is uniquely positioned to provide exposure to a wide variety of disease states, patient populations, and stateoftheart technology. Some highlights include: 
  • More than 650,000 exams are performed and interpreted annually 
  • Our main campus location alone features 6 CT Toshiba units, 5 MR scanners up to 1.5 Tesla; PET/CT, and SPECT/CT 
  • Breast imaging facilities with stateof-theart digital mammography, tomosynthesis, ultrasound, and breast MRI 
  • Three vascular interventional and a brand new stateoftheart neurointerventional suite 
  • Radiology section located within the Emergency Department with two CT scanners dedicated solely to imaging emergency department patients 
  • Fully integrated PACS workstations with dedicated post processing VITREA software 
  • Newly updated, next generation voice recognition software allows residents to complete, edit, sign-off and in one step transfer a transcribed report to clinicians instantly 
  • The new hospital is 1,200,000 square feet, the equivalent of 25 football fields, with a staff of over 300 attending physicians along with more than 400 medical residents and fellows 
  • The residency training and education program have a primary affiliation with nearby Rush Medical College, and minor affiliations with Chicago Medical School, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Northwestern University. 
  • Fourth Year Residents
    • Olaseni Arogundade      
    • Daniel Baumel  
    • Stephen Kwak  
    • Neetha Gandikota
    Third Year Residents
    • Efrain Aguilar    
    • Rajat Chand      
    • Mubeen Khan   
    • Pejman Taghavi
    Second Year Residents
    • Shaheen Ranjha
    • Scott Reifeiss    
    • Tarannum Mujtaba       
    • Andrew Shabila
    First Year Residents
    • Jumana Bisharat-Kernizan          
    • Joyce Kim          
    • Gaurav Rana     
    • Mehdi Taghipour

Welcome From the Program Director

Welcome to the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County radiology residency program!
Our program provides a rich learning environment with highly qualified subspecialized faculty who demonstrate dedication and are very passionate about teaching. Our vision is to excel at providing a comprehensive residency training to our house staff in a structured, motivating environment, supported by a strong foundation built on our core values of professionalism, accountability and integrity. 
The diverse and complex cases at Cook County Health provide our residents with great learning opportunities to hone their radiology skills. Moreover, the structured and graded curriculum nurtures autonomy and confidence. 
We are abreast with the changing trends in radiology and health care in general, giving us an opportunity to train our residents to become future leaders. We do this by incorporating training in radiology business, quality and leadership development into the curriculum. 
As your program director, I am hoping to bring a cultural change to the way we learn radiology. You all are very bright residents, we want you to excel and are here to get you there. 
Welcome aboard. 
Sincerely, 
Anupam Basu, MD, MBA 
Radiology Residency Program Director 
MBA Program Director 

Application

How do I apply to the radiology residency program at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County? 
Application materials should be submitted through ERAS. We only accept residents through the national match. No pre-match positions are offered. 
What do I need for my application to be considered complete? 
Applications will be considered complete when we have electronically received the following items: 
1. Completed ERAS application 
2. Three letters of recommendation 
3. Copy of official medical school transcripts 
4. USMLE transcripts or Board scores 
5. Medical School Dean’s letter 
Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding the application process? 
Please contact Anna Johnson, residency program coordinator, at (312) 864-3825 or anjohnson2@cookcountyhealth.org. 
When do you start interviewing applicants? 
We interview prospective resident candidates during the month of November over the course of two weeks. 
What time does the interview day begin? 
Please arrive at 8 am on the day of your interview, and head straight to the Radiology Department Conference Room which can be found on the second floor in Room 2535. Plan on staying until after lunch as the interview day will conclude around 1 pm. 
Do you consider international applicants? 
Yes, please contact Anna Johnson, or the department of medical education directly for specific information and inquiries. 
How many resident positions are available? 
We have a total of 16 radiology residents, accepting four positions per year. 
 Where can I park? 
Applicants should park in the main hospital parking garage. The entrance is on Polk Street. We will provide you with parking validation at the end of the interview day. 
Can I come for a ‘second look’? 
Second looks may be scheduled with the chief residents. The residency program coordinator can provide their contact information. 

Didactic Curriculum

In addition to daily teaching that occurs during the department’s clinical activities, residents are given “hot seat” case discussion conferences, lectures, and subspecialty conference including medical physics, that provide an in-depth and interactive approach to learning radiology.
Teaching sessions are an important component of resident education and are considered as such by the dedicated teaching faculty at Cook County Health. Staff radiologists respect protected lecture time to ensure residents are able to fully participate in all departmental offerings. 
Residents are evaluated by core faculty at the completion of each rotation. Each resident is also given semi-annual feedback from the program director in a one-on-one setting. 
We truly value resident opinions at Cook County Health. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on each rotation and lecture series, as these recommendations are often quickly incorporated to further improve the program. We make sure the voice of each class is heard through dedicated class representatives. Working together, our residents truly shape the face of their education and this program. 
A subscription to RadPrimer is provided throughout all four years of training as an excellent study tool that is integrated into the curriculum. Residents find this a very useful study tool. During each clinical rotation there is assigned reading from RadPrimer along with a pre- and post-test. This organized approach ensures a strong foundation in the principles of radiology and allows residents to monitor their progression. Our residents are taught how to interpret and perform ultrasounds, a useful skill that is useful throughout the entirety of one’s career. 
Educational workshops covering key topics in business leadership of radiology like RVU’s, revenue cycle, negotiation skills, etc. are covered. In addition, our residents are educated on key essentials of quality improvement with help of online IHI (Institute of Health Improvement) curriculum. 
Morning Case Conferences 
(Daily 7:30 am – 8:15 am): Given by the department chairman, this case conference trains residents to identify pertinent findings and construct appropriate differential diagnosis. The variety of cases each morning are drawn from the huge selection of pathology seen every day at Stroger Hospital. 
Teaching Conferences 
(Daily 12 pm – 1 pm): Daily didactic sessions constitute the fundamental core of the teaching program. These lectures are given by the division head of each subspecialty and are tailored to prepare residents for the CORE exam. 
First Year Lecture Series 
Daily didactic sessions during the summer are aimed at the incoming first-year residents as an introduction to radiology. 
MSK Conference 
(Tuesdays 3 pm – 4 pm): “Hot Seat” type conference which progressively builds on topics in MSK imaging and is organized both anatomically and by subject. 
Neurosurgery Multidisciplinary Conference 
(Thursdays 8 am – 9 am): Interdisciplinary conference where interesting cases are discussed with an emphasis on surgical implications and outcomes. Once a month the neuroradiology resident presents a topic of interest. 
Neuroanatomy Lecture Series 
(Mondays 3 pm – 4 pm): Review sessions covering detailed neuroanatomy pertinent to the practice of radiology. These lectures serve as a strong foundation for first year residents as well as more complex anatomy for upperclassmen. 
Medical Physics 
(Wednesdays 1 pm – 2 pm at Rush): Several months out of the year residents attend a physics course with fellow Rush radiology residents, as one of the many benefits of training at Cook County Health. 
Board Review 
(Daily 4 pm – 6 pm): Several months during the year board review sessions are given to the third year residents. All residents are welcome to attend. 
Beyond Interpretation Skills 
Several weeks during the year lectures are devoted to teaching non-interpretive skills required for a modern day radiologist. These conferences cover essential topics such as the business of radiology, revenue cycle, and medical professionalism. Journal club and biostatistics is also provided. 
Quality Improvement Curriculum 
Monthly quality improvement conferences using IHI (Institute for Health Improvement) open school curriculum are exercised. These conferences help to build foundations of improvement, safety, system design, and leadership. Additional departmental wide monthly QA conference conducted by the QA committee focusing on reduction of medical errors and quality initiatives. 
Stroke Interdisciplinary Conference 
Neurointerventional and diagnostic neuroradiology staff and residents attend a bi-monthly conference with the clinical neurology service where interesting and complex cases are discussed. 
Head and Neck Interdisciplinary Conference 
A dedicated conference with ENT and oncology which targets a multidisciplinary approach to patient guided treatment. Residents are welcome to attend this conference during their neurology rotation. 
Rheumatology Interdisciplinary Conference 
Residents are welcome to attend Rheumatology conferences at RUSH on a monthly basis during their MSK rotation. 

Research

Research is an important component of our residency program, with residents having the opportunity to take dedicated research time during their four years of training.
These opportunities are facilitated by extensive guidance and mentoring by the faculty. 
Given the vast collection of both rare and interesting cases here at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, one of the strengths of our program is strong clinical and case based research. We are lucky to have access to pathology and are privileged to share this information with the radiology community. As a department we have published in journals both locally and nationally. Residents have successfully presented at regional and national conferences, such as those held by RSNA, ARRS, ASER, SIR, ASNR, and CRS, to name a few. These invaluable experiences continue to make our residents competitive applicants when applying for fellowships. Our faculty is dedicated to mentoring resident research initiatives working closely with each person throughout the research process. 
As we change towards a value based health system, the radiology department continues to foster an environment of quality improvement. Every resident in our program contributes to the department’s quality initiative using QI projects. Residents and faculty work together on projects to reduce patient radiation, update imaging protocols, and develop departmental policies to name a few. 

Clinical Schedule

First, second, and third year residents spend time in each subspecialty, including breast imaging and MRI to name a few, working one-on-one with staff members who specialize in each of these disciplines.
Fourth year residents spend a focused year with 3-4 elective months of their choice. Residents also have the option for 1-2 dedicated months for research and quality improvement projects. Residents are typically assigned in two- to four-week blocks to one of the following subspecialty areas of radiology. 
First Year (R1)
  • Interventional I
  • ED I
  • Outpatient Body Imaging I
  • Cardiothoracic I
  • GI/GU I & II
  • MSK I
  • Neuroradiology I
  • Nuclear Medicine I
  • Pediatrics I
  • Ultrasound I
  • In-patient Body Imaging I
Second Year (R2)
  • Interventional II
  • ED II
  • Outpatient Body Imaging II
  • Cardiothoracic II
  • GI/GU III
  • MSK II
  • Neuroradiology II
  • Nuclear Medicine II
  • Pediatrics II
  • Ultrasound II
  • Breast Imaging I
  • MRI I
  • In-patient Body Imaging II
    • Research elective
Third Year (R3)
  • Interventional III
  • ED III
  • Cardiothoracic III
  • MSK MRI I
  • Nuclear Medicine III
  • Pediatrics III
  • Ultrasound III (Obstetrics)
  • Breast Imaging II
  • MRI II
  • In-patient Body Imaging III
    • AIRP
    • Research elective
Fourth Year (R4)
  • ED IV
  • MSK MRI II
  • Neuroradiology III
  • Nuclear Medicine IV
  • Pediatrics IV
  • Neuro IV
  • Breast Imaging III
  • MRI III
  • In-patient Body Imaging III
    • AIRP
    • Elective

Program Contact

Anupam Basu, MD, MBA
Program Director
(312) 864-3731
Email

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