Diagnostic Radiology Residency

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There are 13 resident positions per year for the four-year training program. Intern year training must be completed prior to the start of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency.

The clinical teaching program is based at Parkland Hospital & Health System, where residents receive approximately two-thirds of their training. Residents also rotate at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Children’s Healthâ„ . Rotation schedules are structured on a four-week block basis, providing 13 rotations per year and a significant exposure to the core radiological subspecialties. The Residency rotation curriculum is structured to provide each resident a solid foundation in all of the subspecialties prior to the CORE examination at the end of the third year.

Training

A comprehensive learning experience employs:

  • A two-year lecture curriculum cycle, including education on radiological physics
  • First clinical year devoted primarily to rotating through the basic services of thoracic, musculoskeletal, body imaging, neuroimaging, and emergency radiology
  • Subsequent second and third years to include further training in these and other fields, along with a structured rotation schedule. Services include nuclear medicine, PET and PET-CT, magnetic resonance imaging, breast imaging, interventional radiology, and pediatric radiology
  • Mixed structured and elective-based fourth year experience to provide completion of training requirements and allow resident self-directed educational focus

Conferences

Radiology teaching conferences are held daily throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations.

Radiology Grand Rounds are held monthly with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics.

Informative multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with medicine, surgery, pathology, and the various clinical subspecialties are available.

UT Southwestern Department of Radiology, Division of Medical Physics and Engineering provides formal education in the basic sciences of radiation biology and radiological physics in preparation for the physics portion of the American Board of Radiology examination.

Research

Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Department, which are developed through research and collaborative efforts of the clinical and research faculty.

Residents are required to engage in scholarly activity as part of their training in an ACGME-accredited program. Results must be published or presented at institutional, local, regional, or national meetings. Projects may include:

  • Laboratory research
  • Clinical research
  • Analysis of disease processes, imaging techniques, or practice management issue

The residency sponsors a Resident Scholars Track which is open to second through fourth year residents by application. This program allows a select group of residents the opportunity to be mentored in the research process, and guided through the successful conduct of research, publication, and grant writing.

Resources

Training in radiologic pathology is available in the third year of residency training through a four-week elective at the American College of Radiology Pathology RadPath Course in Washington, D.C.

Online teaching files are available through UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital & Health System, as well as the American College of Radiology teaching file and a large collection of videotaped lectures and electronic educational material. Residents are also provided access to RADPrimer and STATdx.

The American College of Radiology In-Training Examination, a practice exam, is given each year to residents in the Department. Intensive review sessions are held for residents taking the American Board of Radiology CORE examination.

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Call Duty

Residents begin taking night call shifts after 12 months of radiologic training. This part of their education continues for the remainder of their residency.

  • Two residents at Parkland Hospital & Health System, with senior resident supervision
  • One resident at Children’s Healthâ„ 
  • One resident at ClementsbUniversity Hospital, with senior resident supervision