R1 (PGY-2) year
Residents are introduced to all radiologic sub-specialties 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).

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, breast imaging, and pediatrics.

R3 (PGY-4) year
Third year block rotations typically include: Birmingham VA, thoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, breast imaging, 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 as a mini-fellowship (6 months) or area of concentration (3 months). Residents in the third or fourth year also attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course which is paid for by the department.

Resident Call at UAB Radiology:
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. 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, fluoroscopy, radiographs, and radionuclide studies. Upper level residents provide guidance and consultation for the junior radiology resident. Three residents are in-house from 5 p.m. -12 a.m. and then two residents remain in-house 12 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Night float occurs in one week blocks from 9 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. on weekends. Residents take an average of 10-12 weeks of night float during R2 through R4 years. Other call shifts include “short” call from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on weeknights and from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on weekends that are distributed evenly throughout the residency. Faculty radiologists are present in-house 24 hours a day.