Student Affairs - Career Development - Radiology
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.
- Mammography and Women’s imaging
- Interventional radiology
- Musculoskeletal imaging
- Body imaging
- Pediatric radiology
- Nuclear medicine
- Additionally, some subspecialties are combined (e.g., neuro/MRI)
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Number of Applicants & Positions (from”Results & Data 2018 Main Residency Match”
Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match for US Allopathic Seniors, 2018 ")
No special considerations. Students will go through the NRMP Match process.
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.
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.
Dr. Katrina D’Aquin can put you in touch with potential mentors.