Nuclear Medicine Residency
Why UT Southwestern
Our Nuclear Medicine Residency program was established in 1986 to produce future and international leaders in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the program prepares trainees for certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and the Nuclear Radiology CAQ (certified added qualification) of the American Board of Radiology.
Four residency positions are available annually and consists of a one-year program for residents who have completed diagnostic radiology residency training, a two-year program for residents who have completed internal medicine residency training, and a three-year program for those who have completed an ACGME accredited preliminary year without prior residency training.
The program is based at Parkland Memorial Hospital, with additional clinical service at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, the PET Center at Clements Advanced Imaging Center, and Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas, providing 13 rotations a year.
- Chief of Nuclear Medicine
- Assistant Professor
- Associate Professor
- Assistant Professor
- Residents rotate through Parkland Memorial Hospital (870 beds), Clements University Hospital (460 beds), the PET/CT Center and Children’s Health Dallas (487 beds)
- High-volume clinical experience provides immense learning opportunities, including physics and instrumentation, radiopharmacy computer applications, quantitative and semiquantitative analysis of images, general nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, PET/CT, radionucleide therapies, rotations in cross-sectional imaging (including CT and MRI), and research rotations
- Residency training is provided by eight nuclear medicine faculty, with five faculty dual trained in nuclear medicine (ABNM) and diagnostic radiology (ABR), two faculty in nuclear medicine (ABNM), and one faculty in diagnostic radiology (ABR)
Beyond the clinical experience
The Nuclear Medicine Division hosts the International Atomic Energy Agency/United Nations Fellows Program in Nuclear Medicine for international leaders in the field, integrated diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine residency program (selection through the Diagnostic Radiology Residency program), and a PET/CT fellowship program which is currently under review by the Texas Medical Board.
Because call duty is integral to becoming an independent nuclear medicine physician, residents provide short-term coverage for evenings, and weekend coverage.
Facilities and Equipment
Clinical facilities consist of:
- Multiple whole-body clinical MRI systems (Philips, GE, and Siemens) within Parkland Memorial Hospital (three 1.5T and one 3T magnets) and University Hospital Imaging Services (four 1.5T and four 3T magnets).
- Two 3T and one 7T whole-body magnets dedicated entirely to research.
Other facilities within the institution include:
- Several animal MRI scanners
- Three hyperpolarizers
The MR reading room is strategically situated within Rogers MRI Center, adjacent to Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC). Fellows have easy access to state-of-the-art MR scanners to directly supervise examinations and tailor pulse sequences at the scanner console.
Nuclear Medicine Residency conferences are held every Monday and Thursday throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations. In addition, residents attend and present at bimonthly clinical protocol meetings, monthly journal clubs, monthly research meetings (in conjunction with the cyclotron program), cyclotron program journal clubs, and quarterly quality assurance presentations.
Radiology Clinical 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 variety of topics.
Informative multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with medicine, surgery, pathology, and the various clinical subspecialties are available. Residents present cases or short discussions on topics of interest.
Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Nuclear Medicine Division and the Department of Radiology, which are developed through research and collaborative efforts of the clinical faculty, medical physics, and research faculty. Department and Division faculty are expected to publish in leading imaging journals. Dedicated research rotations are included in the Nuclear Medicine Residency program, and are very highly encouraged.
Residents are required to engage in scholarly activity as part of their training in and ACGME-accredited program. Results must be published or presented at institutional, local, regional, or national meetings. Residents also complete a quality improvement project annually.