Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

Message from the Residency Program Director

On behalf of our entire faculty and residency program, welcome to the Rutgers Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Website!

I am excited for our future expansion and merger of our Rutgers Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program with the Rutgers Health/Monmouth Medical Center Diagnostic Radiology Residency (MMC)! This will enable our Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Program to expand, combine our core curriculums with MMC, and enable our trainees to have access to a large faculty of sub-specialized radiologists, increased opportunities for scholarly activity, as well as additional community hospital experience. We expect final approval in early 2023, and expect our R1 class starting July 1, 2023 to be our first combined merged class with MMC residency! For the upcoming interview season, MMC and RWJMS Diagnostic Radiology residencies will continue to hold separate interviews for the July 1, 2023 incoming class.

RWJMS and MMC Diagnostic Radiology residencies have recently become part of the Rutgers Health system. The RWJMS and MMC faculty groups merged in 2020, which has already strengthened our academic bonds with MMC and the MMC Radiology residency.  We have already started to share some of our best lectures and residency practices with each other. The expanded program with MMC will offer a total of 3 Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology slots as well as the Nuclear Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology pathway.  We already offer a separate IR/DR Rutgers Health RWJMS residency in New Brunswick, NJ, and also have an ACGME approved Independent IR residency in New Brunswick.

Residents will attend clinical rotations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) campus in New Brunswick, NJ, which is consistently ranked among the region's as well as the nation's best hospitals. RWJUH is a 965-bed tertiary care academic medical center, a Level I Trauma Center, and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In the future merged program residents will rotate to MMC for popular rotations such as Chest, Ultrasound, Women’s Imaging, Interventional Radiology, among others. Rotations will continue to be supplemented at our additional longstanding participating site, St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.  Our highly specialized Radiology faculty provides state of the art outstanding care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at these institutions. 

Daily resident conferences include morning conference beginning at 7:30am as well as noon time conference, given by our faculty. Conferences are comprehensive and primarily didactic to maximize learning opportunities, with additional interesting case based monthly review conferences. Residents attend conferences via teleconferencing if they are not on the campus where the faculty is physically giving the conference. We also have a weekly Introduction to Radiology didactic weekly lecture series based on the Radiology Requisites for the first year residents given during the first six months, as well as a comprehensive non-interpretative skills and business of radiology curriculum. Core rotations include musculoskeletal radiology, body imaging, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, breast imaging, pediatric radiology, cardiothoracic radiology and general diagnostic imaging. All of our residents attend AIRP. Physics instruction is given twice a week by our RWJUH and MMC physicists. Dedicated Core Board Review starts by March of third year. Each resident completes a Quality Improvement Project, some of which have been presented at national conferences. There are opportunities to apply and become a senior resident QI director.

There are many opportunities that our residents have to become teachers/mentors to medical students, co-residents, as well as to residents outside of the radiology department. In addition, many of our residents are involved as leaders in the State Radiological Society of New Jersey as well as the ACR.

Research is important to the mission of our residency and residents are supported and mentored in Research. Last year our residents presented at RSNA, AUR, ARRS, ACR, SNMMI, International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), and ASNR national meetings. Currently, we are proud to have 4 residents in the ESIR pathway (RWJMS and MMC programs).

Thank you for taking the time to read this short description of our residency and our exciting future. Best of luck in your future career! We are proud of our residents and faculty and happy to answer any questions you might have. Please do not hesitate to contact our Program Coordinator, Jasmine Allen at (732) 235-7721 or allenj1@rwjms.rutgers.edu.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey S. Kempf, MD, FACR
Clinical Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency, ESIR and Nuclear Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
Chief of Nuclear Radiology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital