Diagnostic Radiology Residency Schedules
During the four years of the residency, clinical rotations are performed in all of the subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology including Interventional, Gastrointestinal-Genitourinary (combined Abdominal or Body rotation), Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Breast, Cardiothoracic, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Pediatric Radiology. In addition, we also have a dedicated emergency/trauma radiology rotation to provide the best service possible to our level I trauma center and emergency room. Residents are actively involved in all aspects of radiologic evaluation of patients and in the performance of procedures.
First year residents rotate through all the radiology subspecialties with the exception of interventional radiology and breast imaging, including a pediatric rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition to the daily conferences and didactic lectures, first-year residents attend a month long emergency radiology core curriculum series designed to prepare them for on-call duties. They also attend a comprehensive course in radiology physics, conducted weekly throughout the year. In August of the first year residents begin taking 'buddy call' for 3 hours in the evening to learn how to handle on-call situations. By March of the first year, residents begin taking call. Two residents are on-call at SAMMC at all times, generally a junior and a senior resident team.
During the second year residents attain additional expertise in each of the radiologic disciplines, including breast imaging and interventional radiology. Residents participate in a body imaging-ultrasound rotation at the UTHSCSA.
Third year residents in the program attend the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology Course in Silver Spring, MD. This 4-week course is a comprehensive review of most topics in radiology. Elective time is offered to allow residents to focus attention and to develop additional expertise in radiologic subspecialties or to perform research. The American Board of Radiology core exam is administered at the end of the PY3 year.
Residents participate in clinical rotations throughout the year, operating at a junior staff level as much as possible. Residents may focus their education on a particular subspecialty in radiology as long as the program can accommodate it (eg. not all senior residents can focus on the same subspecialty). At the conclusion of the radiology residency program residents may begin fellowship training, be invited to remain as SAUSHEC teaching faculty, or serve as staff radiologists at DoD medical facilities.