About Our Program
Mathew Chakko, MD
Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Ascension Providence Hospital
The Ascension Providence Diagnostic Radiology Residency is an academic community-based, university-affiliated program. With high volume, state-of-the-art equipment, and high-end case complexity, the program offers the best of both worlds to trainees. Ascension Providence draws from a suburban and urban patient population representing a wide full spectrum of pathologic conditions. The absence of radiology fellows ensures immersive, high volume, high skill procedural, and imaging experience from diagnosis to post-procedural care as a resident without competition. The Radiology residency covers 751 beds and over 800,000 radiology studies per year. The presence of expert referring physicians, research facilities, and advanced teaching tools creates a superb environment for mastery of radiology.
We strive to achieve the ideal vision of private practice / academic medicine hybrid: blending the intellectual curiosity and engagement of high-end imaging and complex pathology while remaining grounded in the cordial and collaborative environment and efficiency of a high-volume department. Stable and integrated Residency and Department leadership emphasize a sincere and approachable relationship with trainees, with the flexibility to adapt and respond to resident feedback.
A historic department and practice, the Radiology Department at Providence was established in 1912. The faculty of Southfield Radiology Associates have continuously provided imaging services at the hospital for nearly a century, originating with the first full-time Radiologist hired in 1934. We have been involved in medical education for over a half-century, training radiologists since the 1960s, with the formal accreditation of the residency program established in 1977.
The growth of the Providence market, with the establishment of satellite hospitals, affiliation with the Ascension umbrella, and academic affiliation with Michigan State University, gives the residency resources, case volume, and case complexity typically expected of a larger program. As the only Diagnostic Radiology residency within the large Ascension Michigan market, we receive imaging referrals from throughout the state; with complex patients managed by the academic specialty and subspecialty practices and residency/fellowship programs at Providence. A shared reading list including imaging from satellite campuses and imaging centers ensures case volume including diverse patient populations.