About Our Program

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The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center and is ranked the 15th best hospital nationwide, and is on the Honor Roll of Best Hospitals (US News and World Report 2017). The University HealthSystem Consortium named UCH the #6 highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care. Our residents rotate through four teaching hospitals, which provide exposure to 995,000 imaging studies per year. This broad clinical exposure to all subspecialties offers no educational gaps, and we are the tertiary referral center for one of the largest geographic areas in the country. We recruit 9-10 residents per year as well as 16 fellows.
 

Stipend & Benefits

Residents follow the GME pay scale outlined by the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education office.

Stipend (Effective July 1, 2020– June 2021)
PGY 2PGY3PGY4PGY5
$60,285$62,725$65,756$68,168

Standard Benefits:

• Paid Parking at all training sites 

• Meal Stipend for weekend call and overnight shifts 

• Professional Liability Coverage

• Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

• Disability and Life Insurance

• Family/Medical Leave 

• Discounted on-site gym membership

• Discounted bus/light rail pass

*A link to more information on the CUGME Benefits can be found here

Radiology-Specific Benefits:

• $6000 Educational Fund over 4 years to be used for books, registration fees, review courses 

• AIRP tuition covered during your 3rd year

• Paid subscriptions to StatDx, eAnatomy, RadPrimer and multiple Radiology Publications

• 15 days paid flexible vacation days throughout the year 

• 5 days yearly of educational leave to attend conferences 

• 5 professional days for fellowship interviews 

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Moonlighting

The Department of Radiology allows internal and external moonlighting opportunities for the residents. We emphasize the need for our residents to have ample time for reading, other Radiology activities, and work-life balance.  

 

Call Duties

Our department has a dedicated Emergency Radiology section made up of subspecialty-trained faculty that provide overnight coverage at both the University Hospital and Denver Health. Residents provide 24/7 Emergency Department coverage at these sites as well. 

Weekend call is split between the University Hospital and Denver Health, and shared among all upper level residents (R2-R4). Residents are removed from the call pool in the four months prior to their CORE examination at the end of the their third year in order to allow adequate preparation time.

First year residents (PGY2/R1) begin taking weekend call in October of their first year, taking call with another upper level resident and between two to four attending faculty members, depending on the site. 

We employ a night float system to cover our overnight shifts. Residents complete two blocks of night float in their second year, two blocks in their third year, and one block in their fourth year. A “block” consists of two weeks of overnight shifts and two weeks of ED day/swing shifts. Both the University Hospital and Denver Health provide 24/7 MRI and Ultrasound technologist coverage.

While on Interventional Radiology rotations, residents cover one to two nights of weeknight primary call and assist a fellow with weekend call for one to two weekends during the month. The IR service covers the University Hospital and Denver Health while on call. Attending coverage is available at both hospitals at all times.