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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 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.

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.