The Diagnostic Radiology Residency is a four year program following a one year clinical internship. Residents spend time in each of the patient care areas learning an integrated approach to radiologic imaging. Broad exposure to varied pathology and patient management problems comes from the large volume and diversity of the patients seen at Jackson. There are inpatient and outpatient procedures rendered to all age groups, from premature infants to the geriatric population. All procedures and examinations are performed and interpreted by the resident with, or under the direct supervision of, a faculty radiologist. Naturally, there is graded responsibility, with the resident assuming more autonomy over the course of the four years. Along with patient care, the resident receives training in the fundamentals of radiologic and nuclear medicine technology, radiologic and nuclear physics, radiation biology, radiation protection, and computer applications.
Formal teaching sessions are held on a regular basis. Each section is assigned five to six weeks of lecture throughout the academic year. Conference is held each day by a faculty or guest radiologist. Residents attend sectional conferences at least weekly depending on their rotational assignment. In addition to attending lectures and conferences, residents are also responsible for lecturing medical students enrolled in our Radiology Clerkships.
During the program, all residents spend four weeks at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology in Washington, D.C. This provides concentrated teaching, particularly in radiologic-pathologic correlation. The department maintains an apartment for the use of residents during their stay.