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Kochan-Cohen in IR1 Radiology Radiology Resident

department of radiology

Residency and Fellowship Program


A Message from Oliver Chen, MD and Michael Hoch, MD
Co-Chief Residents of Diagnostic Radiology, 2013-2014

Thank you for your interest in the diagnostic radiology residency program at Temple University Hospital (TUH). We hope that you find this web site informative.


The radiology residency program at TUH is comprised of 24 residents — 6 in each class — working directly under the guidance and supervision of a diverse and knowledgeable group of faculty members.  As a tertiary hospital with one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Philadelphia, TUH is regularly host to a myriad of pathology, providing our residents with the necessary exposure and sound training needed for a career in this challenging specialty.  In addition to our state-of-the-art imaging equipment, we also possess many of the humanitarian qualities desirable in a training program: close resident/faculty relationships founded on a collegiality and mutual respect, an environment that cultivates curiosity and learning, and a closely-kin resident body. As a program without fellows, we are truly resident-driven.


Our conferences at 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. consist of either a faculty or resident directed didactic or case review, amounting to 10 hours of protected conference time per week. Interdisciplinary conferences with pathology, neurology, neurosurgery, transplant surgery, hepatology, and head and neck surgery further enrich the educational experience.  We also have dedicated conferences for journal club, morbidity and mortality, and radiologic-pathologic correlation.\


All third-year residents attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course in Washington, D.C. for four weeks. The Pediatric Radiology curriculum is comprised of eight weeks at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia in the second year and four weeks at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children during the third year.


We are currently implementing changes to accommodate the new licensing examination schedule which will consist of a core exam 36 months after the beginning of training, and a certifying exam 15 months after graduation.  The changes include the addition of first year residents to the weekend call pool under attending and upper-year resident supervision early in the first academic year.  A deliberate and thoughtful approach to call scheduling initially places the first year resident in an adjuvant role, allowing him or her to become familiar with the fundamentals of radiology. Responsibilities are gradually increased, eventually leading to independent call in the form of night float beginning in the second half of the second year of residency.


The City of Philadelphia is a world-renowned center for medicine and scientific research. There are multiple opportunities to participate in social and academic sessions with our counterparts from other radiology programs throughout the city and region.  The Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society is among the oldest radiology societies in the United States and meets regularly for events ranging from lectures to dinners to the annual "College Bowl" radiology competition.  Our residents are given the opportunity and encouraged to become involved in research and academic conferences.


The location of our main hospital is accessible to those living in center city or numerous surrounding neighborhoods, allowing our residents to pursue their own style of living. Active nightlife and a variety of weekend activities abound.  The Philadelphia restaurant scene is unsurpassed.  Additionally, Philadelphia is home to four major sports teams and a multitude of concerts and other cultural attractions.


We look forward to receiving your application to the Temple University Department of Radiology Residency Program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us.

Oliver Chen, MD
Michael Hoch, MD
2013-2014 Diagnostic Radiology Co-Chief Residents