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Diagnostic Radiology Residency Curriculum

The Department of Radiology's Diagnostic Radiology Residency curriculum follows the recommendation of the Association of Program Directors in Radiology and complies fully with the requirements of the American Board of Radiology.

Throughout the program, residents rotate through all 10 divisions of the Department, which include:

  • Neuroradiology
  • Cardiothoracic Imaging
  • Body Imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine*
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Breast Imaging
  • Emergency Radiology


Additional rotations for the full-time, four-year residency are outlined below:

First Year: Fundamentals of Radiology

  • Two weeks of Radiology 101. This "boot camp," held in the early summer, introduces new residents to fundamental concepts they will start to use while on call.
  • Four weeks of dedicated emergency department (ED) plain film interpretation.

Second Year: Increasing Independence

  • Two weeks of dedicated ED plain film interpretation.
  • One week of a dedicated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics course.
  • Four weeks of night float, typically taken as two, 2-week blocks.
  • Two weeks of dedicated research time.

Third Year: Delving Deeper

  • Four weeks at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology course in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Two weeks of night float.
  • Two weeks of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) at our outpatient Nuclear Medicine facility.
  • Two weeks of dedicated research time.
  • Increased time on Mammography rotations.
  • Preparation for the Core Exam while balancing goal-directed learning and ongoing participation on clinical services.

Fourth Year: Tailored Experience

This revised curriculum reflects changes in the structure of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) examination schedule and is designed to offer increased subspecialization.

  • Mini-fellowship or research for 12-24 weeks.
  • One week of a dedicated MRI physics course.
  • Extensive elective time.
  • One week to attend the Radiological Society of North America or another scientific meeting.
  • One week to attend the Advanced Interventional Management (AIM) Symposium and VEITHsymposium in Manhattan.
  • Additional time on Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, and subspecialty ultrasound to meet ABR and departmental requirements.

The majority of clinical rotations take place at Montefiore's Moses Campus, with select rotations at Weiler Hospital, Wakefield (North) Division, and Montefiore Medical Park. Residents working outside of the Moses Campus participate in daily teaching conferences via a teleconferencing link.

* The Division of Nuclear Medicine sponsors its own residency program. There is no dedicated Interventional or Neurointerventional residency track.

Call

Weeknight call is from 5:00-10:00 pm. Weekend call is from 9:00 am -10:00 pm.

First year residents cover Moses ED plainfilm under the direct supervision of an attending radiologist. Other first-year responsibilities include protocoling CT and MR studies and handling phone traffic. First years do not provide independent preliminary interpretations.

  • First year residents  average Q9, including weeknight and weekend shifts. They do not take call until Sept. 1 and do not cover night float. 

Senior (second, third, fourth year residents) call is taken at both the Moses and Weiler campuses, and provides remote coverage for studies performed at the Wakefield ED. Senior  call responsibilities include:

  • Independently predicting (almost) all ED CT/MR/US studies and Weiler/Wakefield ED plainfilm
  • Providing preliminary reports on inpatient consults
  • Supervising the first year residents.
  • Predictated ED studies are signed-off by an in-house attending in real time.
  • Residents do not perform their own US on call. We have 24-hour ultrasound technologist coverage at Moses and Wakefield, and are working toward 24-hour coverage at Weiler.
  • Senior call includes evening shifts, night float and weekend calls.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) call

Residents have six weeks of VIR call over the course of the first three years of training. VIR call is taken as overnight/weekend pager call from home. Approximately half will be "2nd calls," where you serve as back-up for the VIR fellow on-call. All on-call VIR procedures are performed under the direct supervision of a VIR attending. Residents will likely only be called in two to three times over the course of their residency.

Nightfloat

Nighfloat is one of the most important educational experiences during residency, when residents can practice with independence. Residents have a total of six weeks of nightfloat, four weeks in the second year and two weeks in the third year. These are completed in two-week blocks with six nights on and one night off (typically Saturday night). Six remaining "orphan" nights are built into the schedule during second and third years. Nightfloat is 10:00 pm - 8:30 am. The nightfloat resident:

  • independently predictates Moses ED CT and US studies, Wakefield ED CT and US studies until 1:00 am, and a variable amount of Moses ED plainfilm.
  • provides preliminary reports for all Moses ED MRI studies and all Moses inpatient consults.
  • is supervised by our team of in-house emergency radiology attendings, representing multiple sub-specialties. 

How to apply

Radiology residency positions are offered via the National Residency Matching Program and applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service.  Interviews are held from November through January.