Chief Residents, 2014-2015: (left to right) Brian Donald, Veena Iyer, Mike Salmela
Welcome from the Chief Residents
Dear Radiology Residency Applicants,
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Department of Radiology! Congratulations on making the choice to enter the most exciting and innovative field in medicine.
Our program offers a unique blend of diverse cases at our four primary training sites. The University of Minnesota Medical Center (The U) is a high end tertiary care hospital, a major oncology facility, and a busy transplant center where we are exposed to cases often found only in textbooks. Our pediatric section plays an integral role in patient care at the new state of the art Amplatz Children's Hospital. Hennepin County Medical Center is the region's largest Level One Trauma Center which cares primarily for an underserved population and exposes us to high acuity trauma in an urban practice. The VA Medical Center staffed with several subspecialty trained radiologists adds valuable experience to our diagnostic and procedural training.
Our department has a strong history of novel contributions to medical care. For example, the Amplatz Children’s Hospital is named after a retired pediatric interventional radiologist in our department and a famous inventor of numerous medical devices, Dr. Kurt Amplatz. The famous radiologic "Rigler Sign" is named after Dr. Leo Rigler, a previous chair of our department. We are privileged to stand on the shoulders of such giants of our field.
Advanced techniques such as MR spectroscopy and fMRI have been pioneered at our Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), the 2nd largest MRI Research facility in the United States, which houses numerous high field magnets (greater than 3 Tesla) including a 16.4 Tesla magnet. We have recently opened a new multimillion dollar expansion of CMRR that houses the new Center for Clinical Imaging in Research (CCIR); here, residents are actively involved in performing and interpreting the clinical elements of novel techniques such as prostate MR spectroscopy, new high speed breast MR pulse sequences, ultrahigh field imaging of the brain, and new hybrid PET/CT and PET/MR studies.
The strongest asset of our program is our people. The faculty and staff are our greatest advocates. They are approachable and allow us a level of autonomy commensurate with our level of training. Our fellows and residents are energetic and passionate about the field of radiology. A large residency allows us to have a reasonable call burden and in our free time, we promote the balance of personal, family and community obligations. We pride ourselves on nurturing our relationships outside work and often go out after work, have cookouts, or go on trips to the north woods.
We would be remiss if we did not discuss the benefits of life in the Twin Cities. The Cities are a major metropolitan area with low crime rates, clean air, and reasonable traffic. There is something for everyone -- a thriving arts and theater scene, major team sports, world class restaurants and shopping, and beautiful trails.
We’re glad that you are considering our program and wish you the best as you embark in the field of medical imaging. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions; we look forward to hearing from you!