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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 the Clerkship Director Dr. Mandy Weidenhaft or Career Advisor, Dr. Leslee McNabb , to arrange shadowing activities. You may also want to contact Dr. Enrique Palacios for opportunities.
 
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.

2019 officers are:

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.

 
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)





Primary Specialty Program City State Year
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC WASHINGTON DC 2017
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2018
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) U Arkansas COM-Little Rock LITTLE ROCK AR 2018
         
Radiology - Oncology Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2015
Radiology - Oncology Indiana Univ Sch Of Med INDIANAPOLIS IN 2016
Radiology - Oncology Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles-CA PASADENA CA 2016
Radiology - Oncology U Rochester/Strong Memorial-NY ROCHESTER NY 2016
Radiology - Oncology U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2016
Radiology - Oncology Temple Univ/Fox Chase Cancer Ctr-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2017
Radiology - Oncology U Iowa Hosps and Clinics IOWA CITY IA 2017
Radiology - Oncology Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles-CA PASADENA CA 2018
Radiology - Oncology Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2019
         
         
Radiology-Diagnostic Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles-CA PASADENA CA 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Massachusetts Gen Hosp BOSTON MA 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Northwestern McGaw/NMH/VA-IL CHICAGO IL 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2015
Radiology-Diagnostic Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Mayo School of Grad Med Educ-MN ROCHESTER MN 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Mayo School of Grad Med Educ-MN ROCHESTER MN 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Mayo School of Grad Med Educ-MN ROCHESTER MN 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic U Arizona COM at Tucson TUCSON AZ 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic MedStar Georgetown Univ Hosp-DC WASHINGTON DC 2016
Radiology-Diagnostic Loyola Univ Med Ctr-IL MAYWOOD IL 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic Memorial Health-Univ Med Ctr-GA SAVANNAH GA 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic U Arizona COM at Tucson TUCSON AZ 2017
Radiology-Diagnostic Albert Einstein Med Ctr-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2018
Radiology-Diagnostic Santa Barbara Cottage Hosp-CA SANTA BARBARA CA 2018
Radiology-Diagnostic Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Radiology-Diagnostic U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2018
Radiology-Diagnostic Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai-NY NEW YORK NY 2019
Radiology-Diagnostic U Kansas SOM-Kansas City KANSAS CITY KS 2019
Radiology-Diagnostic Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-MN ROCHESTER MN 2019
Radiology-Diagnostic UCLA Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2019
Radiology-Diagnostic U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2019
 
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.