Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

 

Our residents are involved in the performance, supervision and interpretation of a large volume of clinical material, totaling over 490,100 examinations per year. These include approximately 91,000 CT studies, 43,000 sonograms, 25,000 MRI studies, 8,800 radionuclide examinations, and 6,400 arteriograms and other major interventional procedures. All of the radiological studies done in the department are processed, distributed and archived digitally and can be viewed on electronic workstations. A computerized voice-recognition system is used throughout the radiology department. We have a radiology information system and have web-based viewing capabilities.

Radiology faculty pride themselves on the quality of lectures, procedures and view box teaching. We work hard to produce radiologists who are skilled in differential diagnosis and the practical management in radiology. We strive to develop radiologists who are good clinicians as well as critical interpreters of the radiological literature. We believe our results are impressive and we are dedicated to perpetually enhancing the culture of learning that has been established at UAB.

The faculty of the department numbers 81 and there are 18 fellows. Of the faculty, 67 are physicians and 14 are physicists, computer scientists or researchers. Clinical and teaching activities are divided into subspecialty areas. 5 faculty members specialize in cardiopulmonary radiology, 15 in abdominal radiology, 9 in pediatric radiology, 4 in breast imaging, and 7 in musculoskeletal, 7 are neuroradiologists, 6 work in nuclear radiology, 5 do angiography and interventional work, 7 at the VA, 2 general.

UAB trains fellows as well as residents. While we host approximately 13-15 fellows in the department each year, we are mindful to limit the number of fellows at a level that does not adversely affect the residents' learning experience. The fellows function as junior faculty and hail from a variety of residency programs including our own. Because they are knowledgeable and approachable, they serve as valuable resources for the residents.