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Radiology

Diagnostic Radiology Residency

The Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive four-year residency in Diagnostic Radiology under the auspices of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Six positions are available each year, and are filled through the specialty match (PG-II level) through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Candidates must obtain and complete one year of clinical graduate medical education (transitional PG-I, preliminary medicine PG-I, preliminary surgery PG-I, or the equivalent) before beginning the residency in Diagnostic Radiology.

Additional Residency Information

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Educational Objectives
The residency in Diagnostic Radiology provides a complete clinical and academic experience, which is fully compliant with the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Diagnostic Radiology, as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The residency provides intensive clinical experience in all subspecialty areas of Diagnostic Radiology. Direct clinical training with graduated responsibility, a comprehensive didactic program, and excellent availability for participation in a wide variety of research activities provides a complete academic Radiology residency.

Program Outline
The residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals is fully accredited and in complete compliance with the Program Requirements for Residency Education in Diagnostic Radiology of the ACGME. Specific requirements for nuclear medicine training and breast imaging are provided in the residency.

The program curriculum emphasizes strongly subspecialized rotations in all areas of Diagnostic Radiology. Specific rotations in thoracic radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, abdominal imaging, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, breast imaging, computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and pediatric radiology form the basis of the curricular effort. Radiologic-pathologic correlation is emphasized throughout the residency, and enhanced by attendance at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology four-week course in radiologic-pathologic correlation. (Tuition is provided for this course.)

The residency is based at Froedtert Hospital, a 500-bed academic tertiary-care hospital located on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center's 115-acre suburban campus. Froedtert is the adult acute care medical center serving the Medical College of Wisconsin, and houses a Level One Trauma Center, the Froedtert & Medical College Cancer Center and active programs in many areas including organ transplantation, neurosciences, musculoskeletal disease, and a variety of other major programs, centers and institutes. Approximately 365,000 radiology and nuclear medicine examinations are performed annually at Froedtert Hospital.

Residents spend six curricular months at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, a tertiary-care, subspecialized, Dean's Committee medical center, which is located approximately three miles from the Froedtert campus (about six minutes by car). VA rotations in digital imaging and vascular and interventional radiology are tightly integrated with similar rotations at Froedtert Hospital. Two rotations in general imaging provide the resident the opportunity to experience a mixed (rather than subspecialized) practice pattern in Radiology. The VAMC performs approximately 120,000 examinations per year.

Pediatric Radiology is taught at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, a major regional pediatric resource. Approximately 150,000 pediatric examinations are performed by the Radiology Department at CHW. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Radiology is accredited under the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals' core Diagnostic Radiology residency, and also provides fellowship training in Pediatric Radiology.

The faculty of the Department of Radiology of the Medical College of Wisconsin include recognized national and international leaders in radiology, radiologic physics, and magnetic resonance science. Faculty members hold national and international offices in many major radiologic societies and provide senior leadership to organized Radiology at many levels including educational organizations, accrediting bodies, and scientific organizations.

All affiliated hospitals and departments are well equipped with modern radiologic imaging equipment. The main department at Froedtert Hospital includes five state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging units as well as several research magnets, five General Electric multi-slice helical CT scanners including the most recently developed 64-slice unit, and advanced ultrasound units, digital angiography units, mobile fluoroscopic special procedures rooms, a hybrid PET/CT device, and modern SPECT capability on all nuclear medicine cameras. The Department has a fully functional PACS system with enterprise-wide image distribution. The Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin serves as a developmental partner for several industrial collaborators with major partnerships in place with General Electric Healthcare.

The Radiology Department library contains pertinent Radiology journals and textbooks as well as other educational materials. The library is equipped with network workstations with appropriate software, access to the ACR Learning File, and other teaching collections in electronic format. Access to Medline, the Internet, STATDX and digital presentation facilities are available.

A resident may elect to use up to five days of educational leave annually to attend a scientific meeting or course. Two days may be spent to attend the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting in Chicago, which is not charged against educational leave time.
Current Residents

Residents are drawn from around the country and have diverse personal backgrounds. They consistently achieve certification in Diagnostic Radiology, and go on to outstanding subspecialty fellowship training programs both in our institution and in highly recognized academic institutions nationally, or enter excellent practice opportunities.

Class of 2019
2018-2019 R4

Ryan Beck, MDRyan T. Beck, MD

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Undergraduate: Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Neuroradiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

 

Eric Fair, MDEric Fair, MD

Hometown: Owatonna, MN
Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Abdominal/Body Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

  

Nicholas Johnson, MDNicholas S. Johnson, MD

Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

Steven J. Johnston, MDStephen J. Johnston, MD

Hometown: Delafield, WI
Undergraduate: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

Jerome Larson, MDJerome W. Larson, MD

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Norman, OK
Fellowship: Interventional Radiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

Kassie McCullagh, MDKassie L. McCullagh, MD

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Fellowship: Neuroradiology, Stanford University

 

 

 

David Mitchell, MDDavid R. Mitchell, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Interventional Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

Dmitry Schneiderman, MDDmitriy Shnayderman, MD

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis, CA
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Fellowship: Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Weill Cornell, New York, NY

 




Class of 2020
2018-2019 R3

Manav Bhalla, MDManav Bhalla, MD

Hometown: India
Medical School: MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

 

 

 

 

Bryce Bodell, MDBryce D. Bodell, MD

Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergraduate: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

 

 

 

Katherine Cavallo Hom, MDKatherine Cavallo Hom, MD

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Undergraduate: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

 

 

 

John Jesse, MDJohn Jesse, III, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Fellowship: Body Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

Brent Jordan, MDBrent Jordan, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta, GA / MPH-George Washington University, Washington, DC
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL

 

 

Bridget Kistner, MDBridget Kistner, MD

Hometown: Newton, IL
Undergraduate: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Fellowship: Advanced Abdominal Imaging, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

Eric Smith, MDEric R. Smith, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Undergraduate: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Fellowship: Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

 

  

Caroline Squires, MDCaroline E. Squires, MD

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Undergraduate: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Fellowship: Thoracic Imaging, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 



Class of 2021
2018-2019 R2

Colin Hansen, MDColin C. Hansen, MD

Hometown: Racine, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

Joshua Jarman,MDJoshua Jarman, MD

Hometown: Lindon, UT
Undergraduate: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

Michael Koets, MDMichael D. Koets, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergraduate: Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

 

 

 

Tad Maguire, MDTad J. Maguire, MD

Hometown: Ottawa, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

 

 

 

Benjamin Meyer, MDBenjamin D. Meyer, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Undergraduate: Gustavas Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
Medical School: University of South Dakota-Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD

 

 

 

Ashley Norton-Gregory, MDAshley A. Norton-Gregory, MD

Hometown: Brimfield, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL






Eric Segal, MDEric P. Segal, MD

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

Sai Vagvala, MDSai H. Vagvala, DO

Hometown: Schaumburg, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Midwestern University-CCOM, Downers Grove, IL

 

 

 

Class of 2022
2018-2019 R1

Nathan-Gruenhagen-2018Nathan Gruenhagen, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

 

 

 

Alexander-Kurdi-2018Alexander Kurdi, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

 

 

 

 

Thomas-Lindsay-2018Thomas Lindsay, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergraduate: Michigan State University East Lansing
Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

 

 

 

Erica-Lanser-2018Erica Lanser, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

 

 

 

Danielle-Nagel-2018Danielle Nagel, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

 

 

 

Kennedy-Wirtz-2018Kennedy Wirtz, MD
Hometown: Wausau, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency Graduates

Class of 2018

Marcus W. Bickford, MD
Abdominal/Body Imaging
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI

Joshua M. Bonis, MD, PhD
Neuroradiology Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Kristin E. Fay, MD
Neuroradiology Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Tyler M. Flessner, MD
Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL

Christopher J. Kleefisch, MD
Neuroradiology Fellowship
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI

Casey A. Melcher, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiology Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Joshua R. Pohlman, MD
Pediatric Imaging Fellowship
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND

Matthew R. Vickery, MD
Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Class of 2017

Stephen W. Goth, MD
Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Frederick G. Joachim III, MD
Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Omar D. Katib, MD
MR Predominant Body Imaging & Musculoskeletal Fellowship
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Christopher J. MacDonald, MD, PHD
Musculoskeletal-MRI & Neuroradiology Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Jennifer L. Mulkerin, MD
Body Imaging Fellowship
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Mark E. Ogilvie, MD
Interventional Radiology
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Benedictta O. Omene, MD
MR Predominant Body Imaging & Musculoskeletal Fellowship
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Alexander M. Tassopoulos, MD
Body Imaging Fellowship
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

FAQs

Application & Interview Process

  1. Can I apply directly to your program?
    Answer: Six positions are available each year, and are filled through the specialty match (PG-II level) through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Candidates must obtain and complete one year of clinical graduate medical education (transitional PG-I, preliminary medicine PG-I, preliminary surgery PG-I, or the equivalent) before beginning the diagnostic radiology residency.

  2. When can I apply to your program?
    Answer: We start reviewing applications when ERAS opens on September 15 so we urge you to complete your application as early as possible. Applications are reviewed through November 1.

  3. How many letters of recommendation do you require?
    Answer: Three letters are required

  4. Who should write the letters of recommendation?
    Answer: Anyone who can advocate for your relevant work experience, knowledge, research, etc. The MSPE is highly valued.

  5. How many interview days do you offer?
    Answer: Approximately six interview dates per year.

  6. When is your interview timeframe?
    Answer: October through early January.

  7. How do I get invited to interview?
    Answer: If you are selected to interview you will be contacted through the ERAS scheduler.

  8. How do I schedule an interview?
    Answer: Via the ERAS scheduler after you have been invited.

  9. Do you offer waitlist?
    Answer: Yes, through the ERAS scheduler.

  10. I’m interested in applying to both the IR and DR programs, do you offer combined interviews?
    Answer: Yes, we prefer to interview IR/DR candidates together.

  11. What are your USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK minimum score requirements?
    Answer: Average Step I in our program was 238, which is right at the mean for radiology candidates in the NRMP. We have, however, no minimum required score for application. All applications are reviewed. Individuals with lower Step 1 scores, especially those substantially below the mean, are at a relative disadvantage for consideration of interview.

  12. Is there an attempt limit for either of the USMLE exams?
    Answer: We have no firm limit. We review each applicant individually.

  13. By the time of application, do you need us to be fully ECFMG certified?
    Answer: No, however ECFMG is needed prior to day one of the residency.

  14. Do you have a cutoff date for application from time of graduation? If yes, how many years?
    Answer: There isn't a specific cutoff date but the longer someone waits, they will need to explain how they are spending their time.

  15. Do you accept COMLEX scores?
    Answer: Our residency requires the USMLE scores in the application process. COMLEX is not accepted as a substitute.

Interview Day

  1. Do you share anything about Milwaukee on interview day?
    Answer: Yes, we offer a city and food tour on day of your interview.

  2. Is there a dinner/social the night before?
    Answer: No, however the food and city tour is a planned social activity with residents only (no faculty).

  3. How long is interview day?
    Answer: Approximately 7:00 am-2:00 pm CST; 7 hours.

  4. How many candidates do you interview each day?
    Answer: Up to 24.

  5. Will I meet the Program Director on interview day?
    Answer: Yes.

  6. Will I get a chance to meet and talk with current residents?
    Answer: Yes, residents will be very involved throughout the interview day.

  7. I have an early return flight. What can I do?
    Answer: Interview day is structured to have you in by (approximately) 7:00 am and concluding by 2:00 pm. Due to the interview schedule with faculty and others on interview day, we cannot always accommodate a departure prior to 2:00 pm. If you have a specific need, we urge you to reach out to us as early as possible at (414) 955-1195.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Am I eligible for the diagnostic radiology residency?
    Answer: The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) Diagnostic Radiology Residency follows ACGME and MCWAH requirements related to resident eligibility. Specifically:

    • ACGME Diagnostic Radiology Requirements

      • Eligibility Requirements – Residency Programs
        All prerequisite post-graduate clinical education required for initial entry or transfer into ACGME-accredited residency programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency programs, or in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency programs located in Canada. Residency programs must receive verification of each applicant’s level of competency in the required clinical field using ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessments from the prior training program. (Core)

      • Prerequisite Training
        To be eligible for appointment to the program, residents must have successfully completed a prerequisite year of direct patient care in a program accredited by the ACGME, RCPSC (Canada), or CFPC (Canada) in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery or surgical specialties, the transitional year, or any combination of these.

    • ACGME Institutional Requirements

      • An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to an ACGME accredited program:

        • Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or,
        • Graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or,
        • Graduation from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualifications:
          • holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or,
          • holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or,
          • has graduated from a medical school outside the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
    • MCWAH Requirements

      • Applicants are not eligible for a MCWAH sponsored residency if they have been previously terminated from a MCWAH sponsored program.
      • All applicants accepted into a MCWAH sponsored ACGME accredited program must obtain the required medical licensure by the start of training (see MCWAH’s Licensure, Resident Educational License and DEA Number Requirements for Housestaff policy) (PDF).
      • Applicants must have appropriate U.S. immigration status to begin graduate medical education with the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. If a candidate does not have U.S. immigration status that permits MCWAH to employ him/her on the designated start date, the training position will not be held and may be offered to another candidate.
  • Do you sponsor visas for residents?
    Answer: We do welcome residents and sponsor visas in compliance with MCWAH policies. View MCWAH's visa information

Miscellaneous Questions

  1. For the intern year is there a maximum number of weeks we are allowed to do Radiology?
    Answer: During the clinical year, elective rotations in diagnostic radiology must occur only in radiology departments with an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program or an RCPSC-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program located in Canada and cannot exceed two months.

Contact Us

For further questions regarding the residency, please contact:

Mark D. Hohenwalter, MD - Program Director
Shelly Gabel, MS, RDN, CD - Program Manager II, Radiology
shgabel@mcw.edu | (414) 955-1195 | (414) 259-9290 (fax)

Department of Radiology
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
c/o Froedtert Hospital
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226