During The Department of Radiology is committed to providing our radiology and interventional radiology residents with the highest quality education possible in order to prepare them for the next stage of their careers, whether that be subspecialized fellowship training, research, or private practice radiology. The cornerstone of this effort involves the day-to-day care of our patients in the UAB Health System. UAB Hospital is a major tertiary care, level 1 trauma, and organ transplantation center with nearly 1,200 beds, which guarantees that residents in our program will have access to a wide variety of pathology and interesting cases. Moreover, our residents are involved in the performance, supervision, and interpretation of a large volume of clinical material, including:

  • ~ 550,000 total examiniations yearly
  • ~ 100,000 CT examinations
  • ~ 45,000 sonograms
  • ~ 30,000 MRI examinations
  • ~  9,000 nuclear medicine studies
  • ~  7,500 interventional procedures

During intra-procedural and view-box teaching, residents are exposed to the knowledge and expertise of our subspecialty-trained faculty, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their field. This assures that residents acquire a broad range of both diagnostic and procedural skills and develop a depth understanding for a multitude of disease processes. The resident educational experience is supplemented by daily conferences that include both didactic and case-based portions. Resident conferences are given either by UAB or visiting faculty on a two year schedule that includes all relevant topics necessary for residents to exceed both clinically and on their board examinations. Residents attend division specific teaching conferences and multi-disciplinary forums where they can interact with and gain insight from physicians of varying specialties. UAB radiology has dedicated physics instruction, a business curriculum taught by our UAB Collat School of Business and “Leadership in Radiology” courses for the residents as well.

Our faculty works hard to train radiologists who are skilled in differential diagnosis, practical management, and the interpersonal skills needed to compete in today’s healthcare environment. We strive to teach our residents to be superb clinicians as well as critical interpreters of the radiological literature. To this end, UAB Radiology considers itself a “resident run” department where trainees are expected to be pro-active and engaged learners while on the clinical service. We believe our results are impressive and we are dedicated to perpetually enhancing the culture of learning that has been established at UAB. Even though our department trains approximately 13-15 fellows per year, we are careful that their education does not deprive our residents of learning opportunities. In some sections, the fellows function as junior faculty where they serve as valuable resources for the residents.

Residents are evaluated during each rotation via a report submitted to the residency program. All residents meet with one of the program directors every six months to discuss the evaluations as well as educational pursuits and career goals. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to provide the program and faculty with anonymous feedback. Recommendations by the residents are taken seriously so that we can continue to improve our educational offerings. In addition, we have a monthly resident feedback session with the program directors.

For those interested, moonlighting is allowed, as long as it does not interfere with resident training/resident duty hour regulations and a moonlighting waiver is signed by both the Program Director and resident. The Program Director closely monitors moonlighting activities. There are several in-house moonlighting opportunities for all years of training.