Residents are exposed to a wealth of clinical material in all facets of diagnostic radiology, with a combination of organ system and modality based rotations. Clinical rotations in the first year of residency are typically four weeks in length. In the first year, residents have fundamental rotations in most of the subspeciality areas -- learning skills in reading and dictating studies, developing procedure proficiencies, and preparing for first call experiences through basic reviews of emergency radiology, taking buddy call on weekends, and participating in didactic learning at morning and noon conferences.
More advanced rotations in the second year and third year include high risk OB ultrasound, peripheral vascular ultrasound, CTA, cardiac imaging (including readouts with pediatric radiologists specializing in imaging of congenital abnormalities as well as teaching by adult cardiologists specializing in cardiac MRI and CTA), an introduction to practice management course through the Graduate Medical Education office, a four week AIRP course in radiologic pathology (tuition paid for by the Department and including a housing stipend), more MRI, and additional rotations through more common organ system and modality rotations. The first angiographic experience is in the second year and is generally 8 weeks long. Elective time for seniors allows for in-depth study in one modality for up to six months of their final year.
Call begins in the second year and consists of a "night-float" Emergency Radiology rotation. There is a direct attending backup by teleradiology and attendings are available to come in for angiography, pediatric radiology, or general support. Call lessens in the third year for Boards preparation.
An extensive intradepartmental conference schedule averages 10 hours per week. It includes didactic lectures, "hot seat" case conferences, physics lectures, journal club, a visiting professor program, a combined interdepartmental quality improvement conference with the Emergency Medicine residency, and a CME Tidewater Imaging Conference. Residents are expected to participate in selected conferences given by other departments within the Medical School including the quality improvement conference and tumor boards in addition to assisting with teaching medical students. Research opportunities are available throughout the four years.