Frequently Asked Questions
Where do residents live?
Affordable housing is available in the immediate vicinity of the hospital. Currently, our residents live within the five boroughs and New Jersey. Staten Island is easily accessible from the other four boroughs and New Jersey via public transportation or by car.
Is Staten Island affordable?
Staten Island is very affordable and has a low cost of living relative to other areas of New York City.
Do you have PACS?
Yes. We currently use GE Centricity PACS. We are a fully digital department.
Do you have access to StatDX/RADPrimer?
Yes, all residents have access to these resources.
How many beds are there at SIUH?
Approximately 800 beds in total. SIUH is the fifth largest hospital in New York City.
Are residents expected to read every case?
The primary goal of the program is the education of the residents. Residents are encouraged to read as many cases as they are comfortable, according to their level of training.
What is the typical workflow?
Workflow varies depending on rotation. Responsibilities vary according to year. In the first year, residents always draft reports, which are reviewed with the attending prior to release. In the second year and beyond, residents release preliminary results, available to clinicians, prior to attending review. The goal of the program is ongoing teaching and side-by-side review of all cases with attendings.
Is there 24/7 US tech coverage?
Yes. Ultrasound techs perform all ultrasound exams, including on call. However, residents are encouraged to review scans in real-time with the ultrasound techs and perform the scans themselves.
Is housing provided?
Housing is not provided, but as mentioned above, housing is quite affordable in Staten Island.
What benefits does the program offer?
- Highly competitive salary – among the highest in the nation – with excellent health and dental insurance coverage. Click this link for current pay schedule (note, PGY-II year corresponds to radiology year 1)
- $700 book fund per year – can be used on books or education material such as an iPad
- Free customized lead apron
- Free lunch provided during conference
- Free subscription to STATDx and RadPrimer
- Free Brandt and Helms textbook
- Full reimbursement for all conference expenses for one conference per year at which the resident presents research. Additional at least partial reimbursement for conferences thereafter during the same year.
What are the moonlighting opportunities?
Moonlighting opportunities for second year residents and beyond are abundant, including inpatient coverage of Friday night shifts and moonlighting at our outpatient facility.
What radiology equipment does the hospital have?
See the program introduction page for a description of the equipment in our department.
Do the residents attend AIRP (American Institute for Radiologic Pathology)? Is it paid for?
Yes, residents attend the AIRP conference (formerly AFIP). Housing and tuition for the course are paid for by the program. A total of $3000 is provided ($1500 for tuition and $1500 for housing).
Are away rotations allowed?
Yes. Our program is unique in its ability to allow residents to pursue outside rotations, which can be very beneficial for evaluating fellowship opportunities.
Is there a resident lounge? Call room? Library?
Yes, we have a spacious resident lounge that includes PACS reading stations, a coffee maker, and a comfortable couch. A call room is available with private quarters. Our library has an extensive collection of radiology texts, journals, and learning files.
What is the conference schedule?
See the Conferences page for more information.
What is the typical conference style?
Conferences include a case-based and didactic approach, which encompass strategies geared towards the new ABR board exam. Lecturers often utilize polling and multiple choice physics modules in their conferences.
What is the call schedule?
Beginning in the first year, residents participate in "buddy call," with a senior resident and attending from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM during the first 3 months of residency. Subsequently, the first year continues buddy call with only the attending. Typically, buddy call for first years occurs once a week.
Beginning second year, seniors cover 39 weekend shifts and 4 holidays throughout the remainder of residency. Shifts include a 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday day shift, a 10 PM to 10AM Saturday night shift, and a 10 AM to 10 PM Sunday day shift. Friday nights are available as a moonlighting shift.
What is the night float schedule?
Residents complete 13 weeks of night float in total. 7 weeks during second year, 3 weeks during third year, and 3 weeks during the fourth year. First years do not participate in night float. Night float starts from Sunday night through Thursday night – 9 PM to 7 AM.
How many residents are in the program?
A total of 16 residents are in our program – 4 per year.
What is the applicant selection criteria?
Candidates are chosen on a diverse set of criteria with no one particular item emphasized. We are looking for well-rounded individuals who are strong academically with solid interpersonal skills.