Residency Overview

The Nuclear Medicine residency and fellowship program at 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 American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification exams are also eligible to sit for the ABR Nuclear Radiology exams as well. In addition to the traditional Nuclear Medicine residency and fellowship training, the Division offers a pathway that provides 16 months of Nuclear Medicine training to residents in either our Diagnostic Radiology or Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency Programs. This pathway will lead to dual board eligibility (ABNM & ABR).

We are currently offering Nuclear Medicine residency and fellowship positions for the 2021 and 2022 academic years. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Further information is on our Applications page.

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. 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.

Instruction is provided through formal lectures, regularly scheduled conferences, and supervised clinical experience throughout all years of training. 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, Kirklin Clinic, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Birmingham (BVAMC). Pediatric rotations are done at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. These units function in close cooperation with one another. Division staff includes twelve physicians (three with M.D./Ph.D. degrees), two physicists, two research assistants, nine technologists, and four clerical personnel. The BVAMC has four physicians and seven technologists. Children's of Alabama has ten radiologists and two technologists.

Research laboratories are available in the University Hospital and BVAMC complexes, and research and scholarly activity is an important component of nuclear medicine training. Trainees are encouraged to work closely with faculty in the Advanced Imaging Facility, which provides opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in the field of molecular imaging. Efforts are made to support specific research interests of our trainees, which includes an allowance to set aside elective time to pursue research if that’s of interest. In addition, research and programming personnel are available to assist in data acquisition, storage, image analysis and quantitative analysis. Our division is fortunate enough to have state-of-the-art quantitative and co-registration software in-house.

We invite you to peruse our department and institution websites and consider joining us for virtual interviews this year.

For further information, please contact:

Shirley Levins, Education Coordinator
 Nuclear Medicine Training Programs
619 19 Street South | JT N382 | Birmingham, AL 35294-6830
205-934-3175 phone | 205-975-4413 fax | salevins@uabmc.edu