The nuclear medicine residency and fellowship program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Training requirements in the program meet the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM), although trainees who are board eligible for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) would also be eligible to take ABR nuclear radiology exams as well. In addition to the traditional Nuclear Medicine residency and fellowship training, the Division is working on providing combined residency training in Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology. It is anticipated that two pathways will be offered, one which will provide 16 months of Nuclear Medicine training in a four year program, and (for more research-oriented applicants) another which will provide 24+ months of Nuclear Medicine training in the course of a five year program. Both pathways will lead to dual board (ABNM & ABR) eligibility. Details are being finalized, and once the pathways are available an announcement will be made. We are currently offering Nuclear Medicine residency and fellowship positions for the 2015 and 2016 academic year.
Residents and fellows in this program are actively involved in daily triage of patients to ensure that the appropriate study is performed, and that the best scintigraphic data obtainable is collected. The trainees also play a major role in the interpretation of the study's data and formulation of the Nuclear Medicine report. They are involved in all teaching sessions, perform therapeutic and diagnostic consultation, and first-and-foremost, are always conscious of the quality of patient care. The general Nuclear Medicine program includes all areas of scintigraphic imaging, radionuclide therapy, use of radionuclides in the ascertainment of laboratory physiologic values, and proper obtainment of in vivo tracer kinetic studies. Specifics regarding length of residency training and other requirements can be found below.
Instruction is provided through formal lectures, regularly scheduled conferences, and supervised clinical experience. Introductory and review materials are presented in structured training sessions. Structured didactic and laboratory physics instruction is provided by the physics department. Conference and journal club topics are selected to complement the curriculum.
Trainees rotate through the PET, General Nuclear Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology services in the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at University Hospital and the Kirklin Clinic as well as at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Birmingham. Pediatric rotations are done at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. These units function in close cooperation with one another. The staff of the Division of Nuclear Medicine includes eight physicians (two with M.D./Ph.D. degrees), two physicists, two research assistants, nine technologists, and four clerical personnel. The VA Medical Center has four physicians and seven technologists. Children's' Medical Center has ten radiologists and two technologists.
Research laboratories are available in the University and V.A. Hospital complexes, and research and scholarly activity is an important component of this training program. Trainees will be encouraged to work closely with faculty in the Advanced Imaging Facility, which will provide for opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in the field of molecular imaging. Efforts are made to support specific research interests of the residents. Elective time is set aside for trainees to pursue research topics should they choose to do so. In addition, two research assistants and two programmers are available for assisting in the analysis of specific research projects using state-of-the-art in house quantitative and co-registration software. A research associate is also available to assist in project data acquisition and storage as well as image analysis.