R1 (PGY-2) year
Residents are introduced to all radiologic sub-specialties (except mammography) during the first year. Rotations are comprised of four week blocks. In the first year, these blocks typically include: abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, sonography, thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, interventional radiology, pediatric radiology (performed at Children’s of Alabama adjacent to UAB Hospital), nuclear medicine, and rotations at the Birmingham VA (adjacent to UAB Hospital).

Call responsibilities: The first year residents take introductory call alongside a more senior resident or a member of the faculty starting in January of their first year. First year residents do not give independent preliminary reports. Independent call duty starts in the thirteenth month of training, except in interventional radiology where PGY-2 residents may take call with an attending physician.

R2 (PGY-3) year
Residents begin to assume more responsibility in the second year. Rotations typically include: thoracic imaging, interventional radiology, abdominal imaging, sonography, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, UAB Highlands Hospital, Birmingham VA, mammography, and pediatrics.

R3 (PGY-4) year
Third year block rotations typically include: Birmingham VA, thoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, mammography, obstetric ultrasound, abdominal imaging, and a cross-sectional procedures rotation. Residents take their ABR core exam at the end of their PGY-4 year.

R4 (PGY-5) year
Diagnostic radiology residents typically have rotations in nuclear medicine, mammography, and the Birmingham VA during the fourth year. The remainder of the blocks will be used for elective time. Residents can choose from a large selection of electives, including opportunities for subspecialty learning in one of our divisions, teaching, research, and many more. Residents in the third or fourth year also attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course outside of Washington, DC for four weeks. Interventional radiology residents will spend this year with the interventional radiology section.

Resident Call at UAB Radiology:
Second, third and fourth year residents cover the emergency department, inpatient exams, and provide general radiologic consultations during call. Call duties include CT, MRI, ultrasound and radionuclide studies. Upper level residents provide guidance and consultation for the junior radiology resident. Three residents are in-house from 5pm-12am and then two residents remain in-house 12am-7:30pm. Night float occurs in 1 week blocks from 9pm-7:30am. Other call shifts include “short” call from 5pm-9:30pm and “evening swing” from 5pm-12am. Weekend calls are split into 12 hour shifts. Faculty radiologists are present in-house 24 hours a day.