Our residency program puts you on the path to success by furnishing you with the skills, clinical judgment and knowledge essential for a dynamic career in radiology.
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is a four-year training program that requires a preliminary internship year as a prerequisite to residency training. The preliminary year may be in internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics or a transitional year. The program will meet all requirements of the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology and of the ACGME, commencing July 2018.
Our faculty are all board-certified and largely subspecialized. We are a state facility with advanced specialized departments, and therefore see a diverse patient population with a large variety of pathology.
Clinical rotations are divided into four-week blocks in a wide range of radiology subspecialties. Residents in the first year will focus on the interpretation of plain films of the chest, abdominal and musculoskeletal systems; cross sectional CT imaging of the chest, abdomen and brain; as well as ultrasound. While the goal is to maximize exposure to as many subspecialty fields as possible, specific emphasis is placed on preparing the first-year resident for independent call starting their second year.
In the residents' second year of radiology training, the curriculum expands to include breast imaging, pediatric radiology and procedural skills as part of the fluoroscopy and interventional radiology rotations.
As residents progress through the program, advanced imaging techniques are introduced with the interpretation of: body MRI (including MRA); brain, head and neck MRI (including MRA and perfusion); musculoskeletal MRI; nuclear medicine (including PET, PET-CT and cardiac); and breast imaging (including screening, diagnostic and procedural). Routine exposure is provided for even the most highly specific subspecialty techniques within radiology, such as cardiac MRI, CT colonoscopy, prostate MRI and OB ultrasound. Residents in their second (PGY-3) year attend the four-week American Institute for Radiographic Pathology (AIRP) course in Washington DC.
As part of the ongoing transition to the new ABR exam system, fourth-year (PGY-5) residents may elect to complete dedicated 3 to 6 month "mini fellowships" within various specialties of choice and/or opt to dedicate time toward research, especially for those preparing a career in academia.
The residency will be based primarily at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), a growing medical complex centered in the thriving section of downtown Buffalo near the waterfront, which includes the following:
Additional training sites include: