Program Director Q&A

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Do former co-fellows need enter the match just to see how you act in an interview setting?

If this is who I think it is you wouldn't get an interview.

When can you start moonlighting?

You may start as a first year. There are moonlighting opportunities available throughout your residency.

Radiologists prefer the dark. How do you cope with the California sun?

I sense sarcasm and a little sensitive yet about my humor so, a serious answer. From Harriet Hunter in Cambridge (tip of the hat to Dr. Kotsenas) a word cloud of medical students perception of radiology. Huge misperception of radiology out there, we need to work harder to correct these grossly inaccurate stereotypes. Though I freely admit this Q&A is snarky. Hopefully not soporific.

We are on the cusp of a significant reboot of the medical school clerkship with increasing involvement of residents and medical students, which we hope will help.

your sense of humor is so lame and forced

Now this is not a question but comments are welcome as well. Let me remind you that I'm a radiologist. If my humor were dynamic, unforced and, most of all, funny, I might have been a performer, maybe on TV or in the movies. At least I have my health.

Where do most residents live? What's the typical rent for a 2-bedroom around Pablo Alto?

I had to Google it, but Pablo Alto is a "Garage Psych/Post-Punk" band with an awesome video. I'm not sure where they live but garages around here usually house startups not bands. Most of all Stanford Residents live in Palo Alto but the majority of Radiology Residents live in Menlo Park. You can see a detailed report here.  The GME has gathered housing resources here.

Do you get free meals?

In fact, the answer to this question used to be TANSTAAFL. This is not exactly true anymore. The department provides lunch for every Thursday block conference, every mandatory resident meeting, and for a monthly lunch with the PD. Yay wellness budget!

How many conferences can you go to?

There is not a specific limit, we have supported conference attendance when residents will be presenting, accepting awards, and/or have earned scholarships to attend. In the absense of other financial support, the department reimburses up to $1200 per conference. 

 

What is the salary for PGY-2s?

The pay schedule for the coming year has just been announced:

YEAR ANNUAL STIPEND MONTHLY STIPEND
I
$64,459.20 $5,371.50
II $67,724.80 $5,643.62
III $72,883.20 $6,073.48
IV $77,001.60 $6,416.68
V $81,827.20 $6,818.80
VI $85,467.20 $7,122.13
VII $90,251.20 $7,520.79
VIII $94,369.60 $7,863.98

 

In addition are the following allowances and reimbursements:

$1,000 paid in July to cover cell phone use.
$3,000 moving allowance paid in September for new residents/fellows.
$2,000 educational allowance paid in January * (subject to completion of annual Healthstream modules).
$6,000 annual housing allowance. $500 paid on the first paycheck of each month.
Initial CA MD license fee if obtained after receipt of a valid Stanford Healthcare contract.
CA MD license renewal fees, initial DEA and renewal fees (if the resident/fellow is under SHC contract at the time of renewal).

Do you require Step 2 for ranking?

We do not require Step 2 scores for ranking.

Do you hint it in anyway? Like smile extra big during the interviews?

I tried that for a some interviews but lost a few good candidates because they got weirded out.

I've heard from other radiology residents that one cough means "Not right now, but please come back as a fellow". Two coughs means you will match. 0 coughs means "please get out of here soon".  I got zero coughs, does this mean I will not match? There was a sneeze though, does that weigh up?

We had to scrap this otherwise brilliant schema because we realized that we interview through the cold and flu season.

Does Stanford accept international medical graduates?

Yes, we recruit the most qualified candidates who we feel will be able to take advantage of the unique resources of the Stanford Department of Radiology and Stanford community in general. Our GME office uses the J-1 visa program. Read more here and here.

Will it help if I send an email indicating my interest in matching?

We rank candidates purely based on the strength of your interview, application, and the committee's impression of how well you will fit in the unique culture we have established and are striving to build upon. While I am flattered and humbled by your interest, and will respond to any questions you may have (usually more tersely than I would like but the only way I can keep up with them all), you should not feel forced to send a note in order to match. Good luck!

Would you rather eat a burrito with pizza toppings or a pizza with burrito toppings?

Well I do in fact enjoy calzones. Are those not just burritos with pizza toppings? Unless the requirement is to use tortillas that would change everything. What if I get a pizza with burrito topings, can I choose what I put on my pizza? In other words, would I have to get rice, beans and sour cream? Can I just get a taco with gelato?