Assignments during the first year of radiology training include one month of inpatient fluoroscopy, one month of nuclear medicine, five 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.
The second year assignments include three months of angiography, one month of inpatient fluoroscopy, one month of nuclear medicine, 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 three months of cardiovascular and interventional radiology, one month of chest radiology, two months of outpatient radiology, one month of pediatric radiology, and four 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 Diagnositc Core Examination.
Fourth year rotations include two months of cardiovascular and interventional radiology, two months of nuclear medicine, 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 pediatric radiology, and one month of elective time.
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, inter-departmental 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.
Brookwood Baptist Health educational materials are available including a subscription to StatDx/RadPrimer.
RADIOLOGY FACULTY AND HOSPITAL FACILITIES
Sixteen diagnostic radiologists are involved with resident education in our program in addition to the faculty at the University of Alabama Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. 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 done 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.
Over the years, many residents completing our program have completed fellowship training at numerous institutions across the country. Residents have entered practice in both academic and private settings and are practicing not only in the southeast but across the country.