Diagnostic Radiology Clinician Scientist Residency

The Diagnostic Radiology Clinician-Scientist Residency Program is a modified training track that allows participants to become outstanding researchers and clinicians. The program begins with a full dedicated research year and builds upon it by devoting six weeks of research in each of the remaining four years to keep trainees engaged in their research and their chosen laboratory. This gives trainees a five-year horizon to select high-risk/high-gain projects and allows them to complete their project, publish their work, submit grant proposals, and assume greater responsibility in the laboratory to better learn how to build and maintain a research team.

Once participants begin their clinical training, they will train alongside their clinical colleagues over the entire four-year clinical training program without interruption to maintain pace and competence. In addition, they will be able to tailor their fourth year to focus on mini-fellowships, more research, and potentially mentored teaching of medical students.

A New Opportunity to Improve Research Training at UT Southwestern

We have teamed with our top-ranked Internal Medicine Residency Training Program to dedicate internship slots for our clinician-scientist trainees to provide them the option of completing their internship at UT Southwestern, which includes 14 weeks of radiology (one week out of every five, and a four-week block). These 14 weeks will give trainees exposure to our mentors and their research, to select a project, and be cleared to perform animal and clinical research in order to begin the research year immediately upon joining Radiology. This integrated, six-year experience will expose trainees to a minimum of 21 months of dedicated research time.

Why Train at UT Southwestern?

The world-class medical and scientific faculty at UT Southwestern includes six Nobel Laureates, 21 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 19 members of the Institute of Medicine. Our faculty is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments, making UT Southwestern ideal for training radiology clinician-scientists.

The Department of Radiology and the closely associated Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) occupy more than 60,000 square feet of laboratory space, with dedicated research equipment in all imaging modalities (magnetic resonance, computed tomography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography including a cyclotron, and magnetoencephalography).

Since 2009, the Department of Radiology has expanded research resources, grant funding, and research contributions. More than $31 million has been invested in research equipment and infrastructure, with $14 million of that amount coming from departmental funds. Radiology recruitment efforts have made UT Southwestern home to top-notch researchers, clinician-scientists, and internationally renowned clinicians who provide mentorship to clinician-scientists in training.

The Department’s research emphasis is translational, so all new research equipment matches platforms in clinical practice to facilitate translation of discoveries. UT Southwestern recently equipped two new hospitals with the latest state-of-the-art systems. A research PACS has been established, a multifaceted clinical trials group has been assembled, a statistician has been employed, and an illustration and graphic arts team has been provided to support research faculty and trainees. As a result, research funding and research space have more than tripled since 2009. Grant funding was over $7.5 million in 2015.

In addition, the AIRC, with its own funding, is focused on metabolic and molecular imaging, providing an extensive list of MRI and MRS equipment, including nuclear hyperpolarization.

UT Southwestern’s clinical training programs are among the most distinguished in the world, encompassing adult and pediatric patients on one campus with leaders in the field heading the various divisions. With nearly 1 million imaging examinations performed per year, the Department of Radiology provides trainees exposure to clinical cases from rare presentations of common diseases to rare diseases all on one campus. Ample conferences, including a bimonthly mega conference, and two grand rounds lectures per month – one with clinical and the other with research focus – are presented by visiting leaders and local experts in the field, in addition to specialty working clinical conferences organized by the various subspecialties.

Fields of Research Study and Mentors Available to Clinician Scientists

All fields of radiology research are available options for clinician-scientists and are led by expert clinicians and basic scientists in the field including:

  • Basic and applied spectral CT utilizing the latest multidetector system
  • Cardiovascular imaging and metabolism
  • Translational body- and neuro-focused basic physics
  • Pulse programming and post-processing
  • MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Ultrasound-based molecular imaging and therapy and instrumentation
  • MR/CT/nuclear/PET molecular imaging
  • Nuclear imaging and radiochemistry
  • Cancer imaging biology and therapy
  • Genetic-basis of disease
  • Informatics
  • Health services research
  • Population science