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Chief Resident Q&A

Want to learn more about the radiology residency program at KU Medical Center? Hear from our Chief Residents firsthand in the Q&A below.

Dr. Dennis Heaton

Dr. Dennis Heaton
Senior Chief

Liz Brown

Dr. Liz Brown
Junior Chief

We are a very warm, collegial program that prioritizes teamwork. We work hard to maintain excellent clinical excellence and promote patient care. Education is our top priority despite rising clinical volume. This program feels more like a family. Residents and faculty are friendly in and out of work. We have multiple off-site events each year, including a residency kick-off, Chiefs game, Royals game, holiday party, and golf tournament as well as monthly happy hours. In addition, our program is a mix of residents who are single, married, and/or with families.

Call does not start until January of R1 year when R1s take evening buddy call with a senior resident from 5-9 pm. Call consists of 6 day night float blocks and weekend coverage.

There are multiple areas close to KU Hospital where residents live, including downtown KC, Westwood, Country Club Plaza, Prairie Village and Waldo. Some residents with families choose to live further away in places such as, Shawnee, Lenexa, and Overland Park. None are more than a 20 minute drive to the main campus.

Moonlighting is available as an R4 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Please refer to our training sites section of the website. R1 residents stay on the main campus their entire first year. Senior residents occasionally rotate off site and need personal transportation.

R1s are paired up with R4 mentors for their first year. While there is no formal faculty mentoring program, faculty are very involved with residents and often mentor at least 1 if not multiple residents throughout the program and in their careers.

Education during the COVID-19 pandemic has remained a top priority. Reading rooms have been rearranged for social distancing, many of which utilize large screen TVs to share interesting cases or teaching points. We have transitioned from virtual to masked side-by-side workstation readouts to maximize resident education and morale. Some sections continue to use Microsoft Teams to communicate with off-site residents and staff. The resident conference room has been rearranged for social distancing. Daily lectures are both in-person and virtual, allowing off-site residents to participate. Residents are provided with adequate PPE daily per hospital regulations.

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