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Message from the Radiology Residency Program Director

What makes a great radiology residency program?

  1. Commitment to education
  2. Opportunity to focus on areas of interest
  3. Opportunity to pursue academic and management goals while in training
  4. Excellent case material with a good mix of pathology
  5. Expert faculty members with a depth and breadth of knowledge
  6. State-of-the-art equipment
  7. Mentoring program

What makes Baystate a great radiology residency program?

ALTBaystate has all of the above and more! 

Our radiologists are top notch, fellowship-trained with subspecialty expertise.

The faculty are very dedicated to educating our residents through viewbox teaching and lectures. Faculty members are recognized authors and researchers, journal and abstract reviewers and members of national committees in their subspecialty fields. There are also faculty members who examine at the ABR certifying oral board examination in Louisville. Two current faculty members have authored radiology texts (one in production).

Residents have the ability to pursue areas of interest while in training. 

Opportunities exist for rotations in radiology business administration and research among others. Residents are encouraged to pursue abstract submission to national meetings and to author papers. Currently, the residents and faculty are collaborating to author an entire volume of The Seminars in CT, MR and US. The volume is dedicated to imaging in pregnancy and is slated for publication in the spring. Education exhibits have been very successful and have led to solicitation of manuscripts to both Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology and Radiographics. One resident has undertaken an investigator initiated clinical project to evaluate CBD diameters following cholecystectomy. The same resident has a case-based book in production for publication in 2012.

Pathology seen at Baystate rivals that of larger centers. 

There is a vast array of case types seen at Baystate, with unusual pathology frequently encountered. This pathology led to two consecutive AFIP Best Case resident awards with solicited manuscripts for Radiographics.

Our Radiology Residency program has a unique, and growing, collaboration with the Baystate Simulation Laboratory. 

Our simulation center is one of six in the nation. Under the direction of Dr. Gladys Fernandez, the simulation center has extended its scope to include radiology residency related programs. To date, these have included contrast reactions, suturing techniques and sterile fields. An exciting new endeavor is underway to create a “call prep” test environment with clinical cases presented on a PACS system to the resident in an environment designed to simulate the actual call experience. Currently, no other similar program exists for radiology residents across the nation.

A new facility on the main campus - to open in 2012 - will provide a new clinical and radiology ER. 

The Hospital of the Future will also provide inpatient and OR facilities, and additional CT units will be added, including two 128 MDCT scanners. These units will join our existing 5 MDCT scanners, new Phillip ultrasound equipment, DR and new fluoroscopic equipment. There are currently 4 MRI units, including 3T. Our state of the art PACS system is fully integrated with the Powerscribe voice recognition dictation system and the RIS.

Baystate's Radiology Residency offers a unique academic experience augmented by a strong private practice commitment to service, quality, and entrepreneurship, and surrounded by the natural beauty of western Massachusetts.


Tara Catanzano, MD
Program Director, Radiology Residency