The UTHSCSA Diagnostic Radiology Residency
Training is organized by subspecialty, and the curriculum conforms to the American Board of Radiology and Residency Review Committee for Radiology guidelines. Rotations are four weeks in length with thirteen rotations each year.
During the first year, all residents rotate through the same core rotations; Thoracic Radiology, GI/GU Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Body CT/MRI, Ultrasound, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine. During the second year, residents gain additional experience in Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology procedures, Pediatric Radiology and Breast Imaging. During the third and fourth years of training, residents receive further experience in all areas, with progressive assumption of greater responsibility.
Sufficient elective time is available to ensure that residents can obtain additional experience in areas of special interest.
Residents actively participate in patient care at all sites, but always under the supervision of a faculty radiologist, who is available for teaching and guidance in the various examination areas.
Two conferences are held each day. Ongoing subspecialty conferences occur at 7:30 AM. The daily noon conference is part of a formal radiological curriculum created in conjunction with the military radiology residency programs in San Antonio. Information is presented in a didactic format by the faculty of the Health Science Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, and consultants who are invited from other academic centers (including guest lecturers from the AFIP.) All ten radiological subspecialties are covered in 10 months, with a month of physics and a month of summer (conference) vacation rounding out the year. Junior residents are provided a comprehensive review program prior to the core radiology. These focused boards review sessions occur several times weekly and are given by subspecialty faculty. A mock oral board examination also helps prepare senior residents for success.
Radiological Physics is taught during June and July under the direction
of Wayne Wiatrowski, Ph.D.
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and other conferences
All residents are encouraged to go to the AFIP radiologic-pathologic correlation course. The Department provides $3,300 per resident which may be used for AFIP and books or other meetings. Some residents choose to attend a board examination review course in their senior year.
Nights and Weekends
Our current call system was developed by our residents. First year residents have no primary responsibility for emergency center coverage. They help cover pager call for angiography and interventional procedures, and assist with evening emergency center films. Most of the emergency center coverage is provided by the second and third year residents, with three residents on this rotation at a time. These residents have no daytime duties. On a rotating schedule, they cover the hospital from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM (faculty covers the emergency center during these hours), and the hospital and emergency center from 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
Fellowships are available following residency training in all clinical and research specialties including Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, Musculoskeletal Radiology, MRI, and Chest Radiology. Fellowships in Angiography/Interventional Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine are approved by ACGME, and finishing fellows are eligible for the CAQ subspecialties examinations given by the American Board of Radiology.