Nuclear Medicine Residency

Leadership

Dana Mathews Ph.D., M.D.
Acting Program Director

Irfan Farukhi, M.D.
Associate Program Director

The Nuclear Medicine residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This residency prepares the trainee for certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine or the American Board of Radiology. Three residency positions are available each year and consist of a one-year program for residents who have completed a diagnostic radiology residency

The clinical teaching program is based at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The remainder is covered through Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and UT Southwestern. Rotation schedules are structured on a four-week system, providing 13 rotations a year.

Training

A comprehensive learning experience employs:

  • Teaching sessions during service readouts, including emphasis on:
    • Physics and instrumentation
    • Radiopharmacy
    • Clinical technique
    • Computer applications
    • Quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis of images
    • Literature reviews
    • Correlative imaging
    • Formulation of differential diagnosis
  • Dedicated rotations for PET-CT hybrid fusion image tomography at PET Imaging Services University Hospitals
  • Dedicated rotations on Body and Neuroimaging Services
  • Advanced imaging on fully integrated PACS system with dedicated nuclear medicine suite of applications with emphasis on clinical correlation through the Electronic Medical Record
  • Nuclear cardiology service through Dallas VA Medical Center

Conferences

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

Radiology Grand Rounds are held approximately 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.

Research

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

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 issues
  • Mechanistic studies in small animal models scanned on available small animal PET-CT and SPECT-CT, and MR scanners

Support for experimental design and data analysis is made available through the department

Hybrid Pre-clinical and Clinical Scanners

Pre Clinical Molecular Imaging Lab with SPECT CT and PET CT Scanners

Clinical Imaging and Human Research SPECT CT and PET CT Scanners

Clinical Imaging and Human Research SPECT CT
Clinical Imaging and Human Research PET CT Scanner

Call Duty

Duties include short-term coverage for evening hours and occasional home call.