Nuclear Medicine Residency
Dana Mathews Ph.D., M.D.
The Nuclear Medicine Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This Residency Program 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 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, with additional rotations at Parkland Health & Hospital System and Children’s Health, providing 13 rotations a year.
A comprehensive learning experience employs:
- Teaching sessions during service readouts, including emphasis on:
- Physics and instrumentation
- Clinical technique
- Computer applications
- Quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis of images
- Literature reviews
- Correlative imaging
- Formulation of differential diagnosis
- General Nuclear Medicine
- Nuclear Cardiology
- PET CT
- Rotations in cross sectional imaging including CT and MRI
- Research rotations
Radiology teaching conferences are available daily throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations.
Radiology Grand Rounds and Research 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. Residents and fellows maybe asked to present cases or short-discussions on topics of interest.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Department, which are developed through research and collaborative efforts of the clinical faculty, medical physics and research faculty. Faculty of the Nuclear Medicine Division and Radiology faculty publish in leading imaging journals.
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 in probe development and pre-clinical models
- Clinical research across major organ systems
- Analysis of disease processes, imaging techniques, or practice management issues
- Pre-clinical mechanistic studies in small animal models scanned on available small animal PET-CT and SPECT-CT, and MR scanners
- Pre-clinical large animal studies on clinical PET-CT, SPECT-CT and MR scanners
- Quantitative image analysis using modeling programs installed on the pre-clinical PET-CT workstation or a server in the department’s computer room
UT Southwestern Cyclotron & Radiochemistry Program
The cyclotron facility, located on the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building (NE building) has capability to generate positron-emitting radioisotopes and radiotracers and provide opportunities for preclinical, translational and clinical research with PET imaging.
The Cyclotron & Radiochemistry Program in collaboration with researchers throughout campus can facilitate research using:
- Radiotracers labeled with 18F
- Radiotracers labeled with 15O, 13N and 11C that are chemically identical with their non-radioactive counterparts
- Macromolecules tagged with metal radioisotopes, such as 64Cu, 55Co
The program will benefit several fields of medicine and will give the opportunity to residents will be able to participate in research in:
- Neurosciences (neurodegenerative diseases, brain injury, etc.)
- Psychiatry (drug abuse, psychosis etc.)
- Oncology (proliferation, treatment response etc.)
- Cardiology (coronary artery disease, myocardial ischemia etc.)
- Metabolism (metabolism of lipids, amino acids etc.)
- Biochemistry (drug discovery, pharmacokinetics etc.)
- Immunology (immunotherapy, cancer immunology etc.)
- Innovative technologies (nanomedicine, theranostics etc.)
Support for experimental design and data analysis is made available through the department.
Duties include short-term coverage for evening and weekend coverage. We believe this duty is integral to becoming an independent nuclear medicine physician.