Residents rotate through the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. All 3 facilities are located on the 79-acre USC Medical Campus 3 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Each site offers different facets of clinical practice, and together the three hospitals provide residents with well-rounded, comprehensive training.
LAC+USC Medical Center
The 600-bed medical center is one of the largest public hospitals in the country and recently relocated to a brand new facility on the medical campus in 2008. USC’s relationship with the County Hospital dates back to 1885. The hospital is an extremely busy Level-One Trauma Center and the hub of the County wide healthcare system serving 10 million residents of Los Angeles County with a mission to provide accessible, affordable, and culturally sensitive healthcare to the poor and underserved. Residents spend the majority of their time in their PGY-II to PGY-IV years at the LAC + USC Medical Center. The hospital houses three 1.5T magnets, four CT scanners and 16 ultrasound units. Three angiography suites and three fluoroscopy suites are available for interventional and GI procedures.
Keck Hospital of USC
The 401 bed hospital is a tertiary and quaternary referral center for Central and Southern California. A total of 18 clinical departments provide specialized patient care and direct clinical studies and trials. The Radiology department houses 2 CT scanners, 3 fluoroscopy suites, 3 angiography suites, 5 ultrasound units, one 1.5T magnet and two 3T magnets. Next door to the Keck Hospital, HCC1 and HCC2 serve as two outpatient centers housing the PET center and an outpatient radiology site respectively. Residents rotate through Keck Hospital in their PGY-II and PGY-III years and again in their PGY-V year on the Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, and Body Imaging mini-fellowships.
Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
One of the original eight National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, Norris was established in 1973. Residents spend a dedicated 4-week rotation in their PGY-IV year focused on Oncologic Imaging. Rotating through Norris exposes residents to pathology seen only at a dedicated cancer center. In their PGY-V year, residents may spend additional time at Norris on several of the mini-fellowships. In particular, the Norris Breast Center provides comprehensive breast imaging and intervention training, including tomography, for residents on the Women’s Imaging mini-fellowship. Two CT scanners, 2 ultrasound units, 2 fluoroscopy suites and an angiography suite are housed at Norris with plans to install a third CT scanner.