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Career Development - Radiology

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency in diagnostic radiology involves one internship year, followed by four years of radiology intensive training. Some programs are integrated, while others are not, so it pays to really research programs. Residency in interventional radiology involves one internship year, followed by five years of radiology residency training. Many who pursue radiology also complete a 1- or 2-year fellowship.

 
Subspecialties

Subspecialties in radiology include:

  • Mammography and Women’s imaging
  • Interventional radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Body imaging
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Additionally, some subspecialties are combined (e.g., neuro/MRI)
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Diagnostic radiologists do not have clinic responsibilities. Throughout residency, residents should expect to work from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm or a little later, with on-call responsibilities. Interventional radiologists may spend one or two days a week seeing patients in a clinical setting.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities that make a good radiologist include:

  • Strong communication skills, particularly with other physicians.
  • A team-oriented mentality.
  • Strong skills in anatomy & pathology.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Those wishing to pursue interventional radiology also need to be comfortable with conducting procedures.
 
Shadowing Opportunities

Please contact  Dr. Mandy Weidenhaft, to arrange shadowing activities. 
 
Research Opportunities

For research opportunities, please contact the Vice Chair for Education in Radiology, Dr. Jeremy Nguyen.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) sponsors events that foster an interest in radiology as a specialty.

Contact: 

Arvind Annamalai

Radiology Oncology Interest Group

Contact:

Dylan Pinion

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

It’s recommended that students interested in pursuing radiology take two 2-week electives in the field. The first rotation will offer a broad overview, while the second allows the student to tailor their learning experience to a greater degree.

 
Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020 ")

Diag RADS 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 616

n = 26

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

14.0

4.5

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.5

2.2

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

241

226

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

249

236

5. Mean number of research experiences

3.8

4.5

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

6.4

8.6

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.3

3.6

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

6.9

5.9

9. Percentage who are AOA members

18.3

3.8

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

26.0

26.9

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

2.2

0.0

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

17.2

21.7

 

 

 

IR 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 109

n = 27

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

7.7

2.8

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

2.1

2.3

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

247

240

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

255

250

5. Mean number of research experiences

5.2

4.4

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

10.3

8.0

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.5

2.7

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

7.2

8.3

9. Percentage who are AOA members

29.4

7.4

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

28.4

37.0

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

1.9

4.0

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

18.6

8.0

 

 

 

 

 
Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

No special considerations. Students will go through the NRMP Match process.

 
Important Advice

Do well on Step 1 and Step 2.

Determine the qualities that are most important to you for a good “fit.” Then, see if you can arrange an away rotation at places that have those qualities.

 
Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched (Past Five Years)

Diagnostic Radiology




Albert Einstein Med Ctr-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2018
Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX Houston TX 2021
Creighton Univ Affil Hosps-NE Omaha NE 2021
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr-NH Lebanon NH 2021
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2019
Loyola Univ Med Ctr-IL MAYWOOD IL 2017
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-MN ROCHESTER MN 2019
MedStar Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC WASHINGTON DC 2019
Memorial Health-Univ Med Ctr-GA SAVANNAH GA 2017
Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Riverside University Health Sys-CA Moreno Valley CA 2021
Santa Barbara Cottage Hosp-CA SANTA BARBARA CA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
U Arizona COM at Tucson TUCSON AZ 2017
U Kansas SOM-Kansas City KANSAS CITY KS 2019
U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2019
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2018
UCLA Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2019
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN Nashville TN

2021

 
 
Interventional Radiology




Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC WASHINGTON DC 2017
ISMMS Mount Sinai Hospital-NY New York NY 2021
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2018
U Arkansas COM-Little Rock LITTLE ROCK AR 2018
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN Nashville TN 2021
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

 

This is dependent upon both Step scores and the region in which you are applying. In areas of high-demand for residency positions (e.g., California, North-east), you will have to apply to more programs than if you are applying to areas of lower demand. In these lower demand areas, 5-10 applications is sufficient for competitive applicants.