Welcome from the Chairman

Lester S. Johnson, MD, PhD, FACR
Chairman of Radiology and Residency Program Director

Welcome to the Department of Radiology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  Thank you for your interest. 

Some highlights of our residency program.

I.  Teaching Resources:  Superb

  • Teaching Faculty and other staff: excellent and supportive. We have >60 teaching faculty who are fellowship trained subspecialists. Our diverse faculty completed their training all over the U.S.  All are ABR certified radiologists participating in Maintenance of Certification. We enjoy teaching and working with residents, and are eager to help our trainees become the best radiologists they can be.
  • One-on-one resident-attending teaching: whether reviewing studies on PACS or doing procedures, our residents have the advantage of training directly with attending radiologists, without fellows. The opportunity for residents to become proficient in procedural skills is exceptional.
  • Technology: state-of-the-art. Our teaching hospitals take pride in having cutting edge technology, which their financial success allows. This is important to radiologic training and patient care--radiologists can only be as good as our tools.
  • Patients: Large volume and variety of patients, examinations, procedures, and pathology, so important for learning. Our main teaching campus is the tertiary care referral center for Hampton Roads which has a population of roughly 1.6 million.
  • Scholarly Activity:  residents are expected to do research with faculty mentors, and receive support to present their research at national meetings.  Residents also enjoy teaching and QI projects.

II.  Program Size:  Best of Both Worlds

  • The relatively small program of 16 residents is highly conducive to learning as it allows abundant opportunity for discussion in teaching conferences, and excellent opportunity for each resident to take his or her own cases.  Each resident is well known, important, and receives attention—not a face in a crowd.
  • However, this program enjoys a large volume, variety and excellence of teaching faculty, technology, and patients/studies, the resources of a large tertiary care medical center.

III.  Program Philosophy:  Patient Centered Care and Resident Centered Training

  • The very highest priority of our radiologists is patient care, which is how it should always be for physicians. The best way for one to learn to provide excellent patient care is to train in a program which prioritizes providing excellent patient care.
  • The most important academic mission of our teaching faculty is our residents. We engage in research and other scholarly activities, and teach medical students. But our strongest priority besides patient care is resident training.
  • Residents are trainees, always under appropriate supervision commensurate with their experience and in accordance with pertinent regulations including from ACGME. We recognize that being trainees does not make residents children, but typically very responsible, professional adults. In an atmosphere of respect and collegiality, our residents take ownership of their learning, show initiative and leadership, work individually and together to make contributions including to the program and health care system. Most residents appreciate and thrive in an atmosphere that values their maturity, talents and input.

IV.  Quality of life in Norfolk/Hampton Roads: Awesome

V.  Success Begets Success: the radiology residency at EVMS has a well deserved reputation for success, whether assessed by the standards of program accreditation, residents’ performance on board exams, scholarly activities and awards, fellowships and jobs attained by graduates, satisfaction of current residents, and/or feedback from faculty, future employers, and alumni.

Again, thank you for your interest.