Diagnostic Radiology Residency Training


Monthly resident rotations are subspecialty oriented. During the 4 years, residents complete "core" rotation requirements in each subspecialty area. The core curriculum includes rotations in Cardiothoracic; Musculoskeletal; ER; GI/GU; Body CT; US; Neuro Imaging and Neuroangio; Interventional; Pediatrics; Nuclear Medicine; VA (GI/GU, Neuro, Interventional, CT, US); Breast Imaging; Float; Body MR; and Elective (approximately 7 months). Elective time can be taken to participate in research, develop a subspecialized area of interest, and attend the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington D.C.

Resident instruction consists chiefly of practical, on-the-job learning with gradually increasing responsibility. There are well-defined Goals and Objectives to guide training. Faculty members work side by side with residents, discuss cases with them, and check and validate all of their dictated reports. Additional conferences and educational resources are always provided. More information about these can be found under the conferences link.

The Nuclear Medicine Residency Training Program at UAB offers Diagnostic Radiology Residents a wide range of clinical imaging experiences in oncology, epilepsy, dementia, thyroid disease, and cardiovascular disease. Residents routinely participate in radionuclide therapy with Iodine-131, targeted antibodies, as well as novel molecular and peptide compounds.

While residents receive graduated responsibilities with increasing experience, residents work closely with attending physicians. The Nuclear Medicine faculty all love teaching and enjoy the opportunity to interact with residents. The faculty consists of 7 American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) certified physicians, most double boarded- with backgrounds in radiology (ABR), pathology (ABP), and internal medicine (ABIM).  Additional coverage comes from radiologists with expertise in nuclear medicine, additional VA faculty, several PhD researchers, and 2 ABR certified medical imaging physicists with specialization in nuclear medicine and PET. Instruction in nuclear radiology is provided through formal lectures, regularly scheduled conferences, and supervised clinical experience.  Introductory and review materials are presented in structured training sessions.  Dedicated didactic and laboratory physics instruction is provided by the physics department.  Conference and journal club topics are selected to complement the curriculum.