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Welcome from our Program Director

Welcome to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program!

Mission Statement

The Aventura Hospital and Medica Center's Diagnostic Radiology Residency program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Diagnostic Radiology Residency is a four-year training program culminating in candidates who will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

Each year, we accept five new residents for a total complement of 20. Candidates may choose between advanced (PGY-2) and categorical (PGY-1) positions.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and our integrated institutions, Kendall Regional Medical Center and Plantation General Hospital, provide an educational environment highlighted by 26 fellowship-trained attendings.

The program offers exposure to all medical imaging modalities and all radiology subspecialties, stemming from a diverse case volume of over 500,000 radiologic exams and 7,000 annual interventional procedures.

We assign rotations at levels of increasing sophistication and experience. Successful completion of our program will enable the trainee to independently perform and interpret diagnostic imaging studies to the highest standards of safety, quality and accuracy.

The resident will also gain real-world experience in a private practice setting.

Educational facilities include newly-designed reading rooms at each of the participating sites equipped with individual PACS workstations and ergonomic sit-stand desks.

Residents attend daily conferences in-person or via state-of-the-art videoconferencing systems at each hospital.

The annual didactic lecture curriculum is designed to prepare residents for clinical practice and passing the American Board of Radiology's Core exam.

The program offers in-person biweekly instruction in radiation physics, radiation protection, and radiation biology starting in the R1 year.

During their PGY-4/R-3 year, all residents attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course, which complements the radiologic pathology education in our program.

Although our main objective is to train exceptional clinical radiologists, we consider research, teaching, and practice quality improvement to be fundamental components of our training program.

All trainees are required to participate in research activities, and dedicated time and funding are given to facilitate participation. Residents and faculty have presented their work at state, regional, national and international levels.

Because one of the goals of the program is to improve patient outcomes, each resident is also required to complete a practice quality improvement project. Several opportunities for teaching and consultation are also available.

We also stress understanding the socioeconomic context for the practice of radiology and fostering interdisciplinary relationships and collaboration with healthcare leaders.

Get to Know the Team

Brett McKeon, MD, Program Director


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Frequently Asked Questions about our Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

Our residents have 4-week blocks to begin off the residency in Neuro, Body, Chest, Pediatrics, MSK, Ultrasound, Breast, and Nuclear Medicine. Subsequently, they are put into ER Day rotations, followed by overnight and swing shifts. Standard shifts are 8am-4pm, but we also have staggered shifts of 7am-3pm and 10am-6pm for the main rotations. ER shifts are mostly at 11am-7pm, although there are swing shifts of 4pm-11pm and 5pm-12am. Overnight shifts are 12am-7am on the weekdays.
We have daily 12:00-1:00 ‘noon conference’ Monday through Friday, with topics roughly equally distributed amongst the disciplines and faculty. Lectures range from pure instructional to case-based learning.
You will spend roughly 70% of your time physically at Aventura, 30% at Kendall, and 10% at Plantation. We ask for resident preferences prior to the schedule being made, and therefore, these percentages change depending upon your preference. We provide elective IR rotations at Mercy, and hope to soon provide routine electives at Miami Children’s Hospital.
You will work roughly about 1 in 5 weekends. The shift frequency and hours are the same as that of the faculty.
We require each resident to do one annual activity (such as a poster or exhibit), one residency Quality Improvement Project, and one residency scholarly journal submission.
It varies, but most live around Aventura. Several tend to live in Miami (usually in Midtown or Brickell), and infrequently, some live either south near Coral Gables, or 10-15 miles west of the coastline. Living in Aventura or Miami usually necessitates apartment living, while going further north or west enables one to purchase or rent a house.
The Program Director meets with each resident every 6 months. The resident will be presented with anonymous faculty and committee feedback, and additionally, we will go over exam scores, scholarly activity plans/progress, as well as go over life/professional plans, goals, and concerns. Residents take an annual in-service exam provided by the ACR, and also perform a monthly informal exam after each rotation. Residents will also provide feedback to the Program Director regarding the program.