The Penn Radiology Residency Research Track is one of the premier radiology research residency training programs in the world. The program is designed to foster and nurture candidates who wish to make research an integral part of their residency training and career. Its mission is to train the future generation of clinician-scientists and leaders for academic radiology. Funded in part by the National Institutes of Health NIBIB training grant (5T32EB004311) since 2005, the research track integrates 1 year of research training into a 4-year radiology residency program. A fellowship of one's choice is reserved for research-track residents at the University of Pennsylvania.
- No extra research year required with integration into 4th year allowing ample time to find and establish projects within the first 3 years
- Reserved fellowship position at the University of Pennsylvania in specialty of choice
- On average, 2 of 3 research-track residents are awarded the RSNA R&E Foundation Resident/Fellow Research Grant per year
- 34 of 40 (85%) past residents have transitioned into academic appointments
- 2 alums of the program (Terence Gade MD, PhD, and Mark Sellymer MD, PhD) were first-ever in Radiology to win the prestigious NIH Director's Early Independence Award
- Cross-disciplinary collaboration with other schools at the University of Pennsylvania with several projects accepted to Penn Medical Device Accelerator and Healthcare Innovation Accelerator Program
The first 3 years (PGY2-4) of the research track are spent in clinical radiology, almost identical to the traditional, clinical track. The 4th year (PGY5) is spent working on an independent research project or in one of the department's many radiology research labs. During this year, candidates will also be able to pursue formal training in Biostatistics or Imaging Informatics. Research-track residents will not be assigned weekday rotations during 4th year except for two blocks of evening and night float. Approximately 3 additional weeks of clinical time are available to be spent in the trainees’ areas of choice. Trainees are expected to attend 5 hours per week of fellow-level or interdisciplinary conferences.
In addition to the Program Director, a research mentor guides each resident. This mentor will be required to submit a semi-annual review of the resident's performance during 4th year to the Program Director and Research Track Committee. The Research Track Committee oversees the curriculum for the track and progress of individual candidates.
Our application process is essentially the same as the clinical residency track, but with a separate NRMP program code. Research-track candidates may also be interviewed by more research-driven faculty on interview day. Residency applicants who are granted an interview will automatically be considered for both clinical and research tracks.
Congratulations Jamaal Benjamin, Joshua Choi, and Brian Park for receiving RSNA R&E Foundation Resident/Fellow Research Grants for 2019-20!