What to expect when you become a UAB Radiology Resident:

You will become a part of our family. The investment of time in resident relationships will last well beyond these short four years, and we want to be bonded as a family throughout our careers. We foster events outside of work for residents, their partners, and kids so that we can bond and genuinely enjoy time in Birmingham.

You will be known. All of the incoming residents are paired with two upper level residents to help make the transition to radiology a bit smoother. They can help answer questions about where to go your first day, where to get the best barbeque (spoiler: Saw’s), or what to read for your rotation. We also start the year with an annual resident retreat to bond as a team for the rest of the year. You will be known from the beginning and encouraged to be the best you can be!

Your input and contributions are important. We put high value in our resident involvement in decision making within our residency. Residents are involved in committees overseeing curriculum development, resident wellness initiatives, departmental policies, quality improvement, hospital wide GME committees, and more. We have professional development funds to support sending our residents to national radiology meetings.

Your wellness is a priority. We work to create an environment where you will thrive both at work and outside of work. We have built a wellness initiative within our residency that is run by the residents and supported by our faculty. Examples of our wellness program include an annual resident retreat, a family picnic day in a local park, faculty and peer mentors for each resident, allowing flexibility in schedule to allow for doctors appointments, monthly feedback sessions with the program director, recently renovated learning spaces in our department, and more. We are also fortunate to have a GME wellness resources as well as an institutional GME Office dedicated to resident and fellow wellness.

You will become a GREAT radiologist. UAB is a tertiary referral center for the southeast and level 1 trauma center. The volume and variety of cases you will be exposed to will be enough to make you confident to practice anywhere in the country. We have more than 80 subspecialty radiologists, many of whom are known across the country. We have fellowships in every subspecialty, but the residency is still resident driven. And bonus – everything is on one campus! You will get your steps in to be sure, but will minimize the miles on your car.

Your education is highly valued. Our residents are a priority in our department and we have engaged teaching faculty. We have a robust didactic curriculum based on the ABR blueprints, but also devote time to learning about business and leadership, participate in monthly journal clubs, and utilize national curricula such as RSNA Patient Centered Care curriculum. Our faculty enjoy teaching residents and are involved in the reading rooms on a daily basis.

You will take call. SURPRISE! A necessary evil in residency. We have a week long night float system where 2 residents take in house call for UAB overnight (24 hour in-house attending coverage). You will also get a sense of autonomy by covering Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the VA overnight, where clinical decisions will be made based on our preliminary reads. Outside of call, every weekend and holiday is YOURS.

You can encourage the next generation of radiologists. Exercise your educator muscles by participating in quarterly events with the radiology interest group, teaching medical students how to read CTs and MRIs on the PACS, and doing hands on activities at the medical school. Our residents are encouraged to give lectures both to rotating medical students and introductory lectures to our new residents.

You can truly LIVE in the “magic city”. Named for its overnight explosion of population during the steel era, Birmingham continues to grow in people, food, and culture. The cost of living remains relatively low, and many residents choose to buy houses here. You can enjoy all the new and classic restaurants, bars, and parks in Birmingham easily on a resident salary.

You can participate in optional internal moonlighting opportunities. Residents cover contrast administration at our outpatient imaging center in the mornings and evenings. Interpretation moonlighting is reserved for the more senior residents and includes evening pediatrics, evening and weekend neuroradiology, and weekend ultrasound. All of these are optional and covered under your UAB medical malpractice insurance.

You can do great research. We encourage resident driven research. We have some brilliant, creative faculty who are leading the way in both clinical and translational research, who can help you publish and pave the way of the future! Residents are encouraged to participate and are reimbursed when they present at national meetings.

You will be prepared for the CORE. UAB pays for your own individual account of RadPrimer and STATdx all 4 years of residency. We have a group of dedicated physicists who are passionate about teaching everything you need to know about medical physics. A stipend of $5000 is also provided for any other educational needs you have during your time with us.

You can be who you are. Let’s face it, residency hits right in the middle of real life! People run marathons, build houses, travel, and start and grow families while they are here. We support you! UAB offers 4 weeks of paid parental leave for those who have new babies, and we encourage you to take it. If you are a woman and want to breastfeed your new baby, we have all the resources to support you!