Welcome from the Chiefs

Chiefs: Yashesh Shah, Elias Taxakis and Alex Jo

Congratulations on considering radiology as a specialty! We are proud to be chief residents at one of the best training programs in the nation and are excited to share the details of our program. Here is what makes us great:

The Residents: The residents at Michigan are strong clinical radiologists, successful researchers, great teammates, and close friends. We also have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with residents in other subspecialties who are also exceptional in their respective fields.

The Faculty: The attendings at Michigan are some of the world’s experts in their fields and often produce leading research. Many are actively involved in leadership positions in nationally recognized organizations such as the RSNA, ACR, ARRS, and AUR. Our attendings are also fun and friendly people. The residents at Michigan enjoy a close working relationship with the faculty and are on a first name basis with most of them.

The Education: Our training is second to none. We receive world-class teaching both at the workstation and in teaching conferences.

  • Workstation experience: We have incredible teachers, and it is a privilege to learn from faculty members who are renowned experts in their field. Staff outs at the workstation are frequent throughout the day and of high quality. The collaborative environment often incites a lively discussion amongst trainees and attendings to reach a diagnosis. Beyond their expansive knowledge, the faculty are also friendly and truly get to know you as a person.
  • Conference: We have two teaching conferences every day from Monday to Friday. Morning conferences are organized by sub-specialty and given by a mix of residents, fellows, and faculty—these conferences typically occur between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Moreover, we have protected noon conference time from 12 – 1:30 p.m., which are given by faculty, with a mix of didactic and case based review. As the Core exam approaches, there are two months of dedicated board review from 7 – 8:30 a.m. and 12 – 1:30 p.m. during which R3 residents exclusively take cases.
  • Grand Rounds: Typically held monthly, departmental Grand Rounds allows us to hear about the special projects of experts in radiology both from Michigan and from around the world. Our residents have the opportunity to deliver a short grand rounds presentation in their R4 year.
  • Resident teaching experience: There are numerous formal and informal opportunities for residents to teach medical students and other residents. Residents are able to teach at the workstation, on-call, in formal conferences, or during board review sessions.  
  • Leadership opportunities: Residents are involved in leadership positions in departmental committees such as the Michigan Radiology Quality Collaborative (MRQC), in state wide groups such as the Michigan Radiological Society (MRS), national organizations such as the AUR or ACR, or even in the University of Michigan House Officer Association (HOA).  Some residents even achieve leadership positions on the national level.  A unique opportunity at Michigan is the Healthcare Administration Scholars Program, a two-year certificate program available to residents from all specialties which covers all facets of healthcare administration and leadership. Our radiology residents are always well-represented in this program due to generous support from our faculty and Chair.

The Research: Research opportunities at Michigan are plentiful. Nearly every attending has an ongoing project at any time and resident involvement is welcome and encouraged. We have a very generous research stipend which can be earned when presenting at conferences—even for international meetings! In previous years, residents have presented in Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, Iceland, Korea, and Denmark.

The City: Ann Arbor is one of the best college towns in the country—just check the rankings on the US News & World Report! Ranked as the #1 place to live in 2018 by Livability.com, the cost of living is low, and the benefits are high. Ann Arbor is more than just Maize & Blue. Ann Arbor is home to art galleries, microbreweries, outdoor festivals, and great restaurants. Make sure to stop by Zingerman’s Deli, Nickels Arcade, and “The Diag" while you are here!

We hope that this brief overview has been informative. We hope you look forward to your visit to the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor! Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Best,

Alex, Yash, and Elias