Radiology Curriculum

  • The American Board of Radiology requires a clinical year before entry into a diagnostic radiology residency program. Residents accepted into our program must have completed that year in an LCME-approved graduate training program.

    The four years of our residency are spent in the traditional radiology curriculum, which offers a wide variety of instructional opportunities with extensive pathologic variation. Interactive case and didactic conferences are held daily. We bring in nationally known guest lecturers from other universities and hospitals. Interdepartmental conferences, medical and surgical grand rounds, and ward rounds provide active exchange with other hospital clinical services. The clinical training program is designed for progressive, supervised responsibility for patient care in diagnostic radiology, radiation biology, radiation protection, and pathology.

    The diagnostic radiology clinical teaching service is divided into sub-specialty areas taught by full-time faculty instructors:

    • Neuroradiology
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Vascular and interventional
    • Breast imaging
    • Cardiothoracic imaging
    • Chest
    • Pediatric
    • Ultrasonography (including obstetrical and vascular)
    • Abdominal imaging
    • Genitourinary
    • Nuclear radiology

    Third-year residents attend a four-week American Institute of Radiologic Pathology course in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is a program of the American College of Radiology. The $1,500 registration is paid by Memorial University Medical Center and the resident may receive up to $3,500 in reimbursement toward reasonable living expenses.

    Striving for standards of excellence in resident education, patient care, and research has shaped both short- and long-term planning and has become the hallmark of this program.

    Program Statistics

    Our board pass rate -- 100 percent for the past 14 years
    First-year radiology positions (PGY-2) offered -- 4
    Total residency positions -- 14
    NRMP Number -- 197162

    Program Objectives

    1. To provide quality education in all areas of diagnostic imaging, including plain film interpretation, nuclear fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and all facets of roentgen diagnosis. To actively use medical knowledge to solve medical problems.
    2. To provide excellent patient care. To gather data, order diagnostic tests, interpret data, make decisions, perform procedures, manage patient therapies, and work with others to provide patient-focused care.
    3. To encourage and support research by residents in areas including basic science, clinical evaluation technology assessment, and outcomes analysis as applied to diagnostic radiology.
    4. To analyze practice performance and carry out needed improvements. To locate and apply scientific evidence to the care of patients, critically appraise the scientific literature, use the computer to support learning and patient care, and facilitate the learning of other healthcare professionals.
    5. To develop a therapeutic relationship with patients and their families. To use verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate effectively with patients and their families. To work effectively as a team member or leader.
    6. To demonstrate integrity and honesty, accept responsibility, act in the best interest of the patient, and demonstrate sensitivity to the patient's ethnicity, age, and disabilities.
    7. To demonstrate awareness of interdependencies in the healthcare system that affect quality of care. To provide cost-effective care, advocate for quality patient care, work with hospital management and interdisciplinary teams to improve patient care.
    8. To prepare residents for understanding the different healthcare delivery systems in operation today.
    9. To prepare residents for certification by the American Board of Radiology.
    10. To successfully prepare board-certified diagnostic radiologists to provide effective, competent, cost-effective medical care in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

    Equipment

    The equipment in the department includes modern radiographic equipment, teleradiology, two spiral CT scanners, color flow Doppler ultrasound equipment, two state-of-the-art angiographic suites, and a GE 1.5 Tesla on-site MR facility.

    The volume and variety of patients at Memorial University Medical Center is diverse and certainly allows for necessary and sufficient experience for residency training. There are more than 187,500 examinations performed by our department annually and more than 26,000 hospital admissions annually.

    Teaching Conferences

    During the four-year program, extensive case and didactic conferences are held daily. We invite guest lecturers in from other universities and hospitals nationwide. Interdepartmental conferences, medical and surgical grand rounds, and ward rounds provide active exchange with other hospital clinical services. Residents and faculty also present at a monthly Journal Club. There is a weekly book review as well as a monthly quality assurance conference.

    Additional Information

    Memorial University Medical Center has a multi-million dollar education complex consisting of a 157-seat distance learning auditorium, two anatomical dissection teaching laboratories, medical education media services, and associated classroom space. Our facilities allow for two-way interactive demonstration of live procedures from the operating rooms and access to top medical educators from academic centers across the United States.

    Memorial University Medical Center offers a combination of high-quality instruction, excellent laboratory facilities, and a significant volume of clinical material. Practicing surgeons and residents from throughout the world regularly attend surgical training courses through our two major teaching laboratories. The chance to practice procedures using simulation, computer-based training, live models, and human cadaver material is a sound educational approach in acquiring technique, gaining confidence, and developing innovations and personal style prior to graduated clinical experience in the operating room.