Assignments during the first year of radiology training include one month of inpatient fluoroscopy, one month of nuclear radiology, three months of imaging rotations (computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging), two months of chest radiology and plain films, one month of pediatric radiology and two months of outpatient radiology and two months of interventional radiology.
The second year assignments include one month of interventional radiology, one month of inpatient fluoroscopy, one month of nuclear radiology, three months of imaging rotations (computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging), two months of outpatient radiology, one month of breast imaging, one month of pediatric radiology and three months of cardiovascular and interventional radiology.
Physics courses during the first and second years cover general radiation physics, radiation biology and the physics of computed tomography, ultrasound, digital imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. Physics of nuclear medicine including quality control and safety are included in the first two years.
During the third year, clinical assignments include two months interventional radiology, one month breast, two months of outpatient radiology, one month of pediatric radiology, and three months of imaging rotations (computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging) and one month at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology. Third year physics includes a general review of physics in preparation for the American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Core Examination.
Fourth year rotations include two months of interventional radiology, one months of nuclear radiology, two months of imaging (computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging), one month of breast imaging, two months of outpatient radiology, one month of cardiac radiology, one month of elective time. The fourth year may be tailored to allow more focused study in a single subspecialty area of radiology.
Conferences and Educational Activities
Throughout the four-year program, daily conferences are held or supervised by the program faculty at each hospital. Other conferences include monthly resident conferences, interdepartmental resident conferences, pathology-radiology conferences and guest lecturers. Frequent informal clinical, radiological and pathological case reviews are conducted on cases of special interest. The residents are also invited to attend the various medical and surgical conferences and grand rounds.
Educational materials are available including a subscription to StatDx/RadPrimer.
Radiology Faculty and Hospital Facilities
Numerous diagnostic radiologists participate in resident education at both Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center. Combined with the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama, we provide a full range of training in diagnostic radiology and prepare you for fellowship training and for private practice in radiology. Faculty subspecialization includes fellowship training in interventional radiology, neuroradiology, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal radiology and nuclear medicine. In addition, three radiation oncologists and a radiation physicist are available for consultation.
State-of-the-art imaging equipment, including six MR scanners and nine CT scanners, is present within our system. State of the art nuclear medicine equipment is available including PET-CT at both hospitals. More than 100,000 diagnostic radiological studies are completed each year at each hospital, including several hundred interventional procedures at each hospital.
Radiology residents participate daily in radiological examinations and interpretation, and each resident will perform numerous vascular and image-guided interventional procedures during their training. During the nuclear medicine rotations, residents become familiar with PET and SPECT scintillation cameras, total body scanners, dosage calculation and administration, patient positioning, instrumentation and interpretation.