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.

EVMS Radiology

I.  Teaching Resources:  Superb

  • Teaching Faculty and conferences: excellent, supportive.  Our >60 faculty are diverse, fellowship trained subspecialists who trained all over the U.S.  All are ABR certified radiologists participating in Maintenance of Certification. We enjoy teaching and working with residents and helping them become great radiologists.
  • One-on-one resident-attending teaching: whether reading studies or doing procedures, our residents have the advantage of training directly with attendings, without fellows. The opportunity for residents to become proficient in procedural skills is exceptional.
  • Hospitals:  Outstanding.  Our main teaching hospital has been ranked by US News and World Report either first or second in Virginia for the past three consecutive years.
  • Technology: state-of-the-art. Our teaching hospitals take pride in having cutting edge technology, which their financial success allows.
  • Patients: Large variety of patients, exams, procedures, and pathology, great for learning. Our main teaching campus is the tertiary care referral center for Coastal Virginia, population roughly 1.6 million.
  • Scholarly Activity:  residents do research with faculty mentors, and receive support to present the research at national meetings.  Residents also enjoy teaching and QI projects.

II.  Program Size:  Best of Both Worlds

  • The relatively small number of 16 residents is highly conducive to learning, allowing ample opportunity for discussion in teaching conferences and for each resident to take cases.  Each resident is well known, important, and receives attention—not a face in a crowd.  Yet our residents enjoy the resources of a large tertiary care medical center.

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

  • The top priority is patient care, as it should always be for physicians. The best way to learn excellent patient care is to train in a program prioritizing patient care.
  • The most important academic mission of our faculty is our residents. We engage in research and other scholarly activities, and teach medical students, while our highest academic priority is our residents.
  • Residents are trainees, always under appropriate supervision commensurate with their experience in accordance with regulations including from ACGME. We recognize that residents are also responsible professionals. In an atmosphere of respect and collegiality, our residents enjoy and thrive in a program which values their professionalism, leadership, talents, initiative, and input.

IV.  Quality of Life in Norfolk/Coastal Virginia: Awesome

V.  Success Begets Success: EVMS radiology residency has a proven track record of success, whether by the standards of accreditation, residents’ performance on board exams, scholarly activities and awards, fellowships and careers attained by graduates, satisfaction of current residents, and/or feedback from faculty, employers of alumni, and alumni.