Residency Program Overview
Educational and didactic conferences:
Residents attend daily noon conferences given by radiology faculty in all subspecialties. This is a comprehensive lecture series that includes topics in emergency imaging, musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic, neuroradiology, mammography, GI/GU, interventional radiology, pediatric imaging, and nuclear medicine. In addition, residents are taught non-interpretive skills during such as effective communication, ethics and professionalism, business of medicine, research, well-being, quality and safety, and practice habits. Journal Clubs, M&M and QI conferences occur monthly. Residents attend pediatric conferences at Texas Children’s Hospital. Our physics curriculum includes lectures, modules, hands-on labs, and board reviews taught by dedicated medical physicists. The R3 residents are provided extensive board review preparation prior to the American Board of Radiology (ABR) core exam.
R1 Fundamentals Course:
A course that occurs every Wednesday afternoon during the entire 1st year of radiology residency from July through June, 1:30 pm – 5 pm. This course covers the basic principles of radiology and prepares residents for call before they begin their R2 year. Residents receive education in all radiologic subspecialties, physics, radiation safety, contrast simulation lab training, and hands-on IR and ultrasound experiences. There are dedicated boot camps in June of the R1 year to prepare residents for Night Float.
This course covers all radiologic subspecialties as well as Physics, radiation and contrast safety. Several weeks are devoted to Physics, Body Imaging, Emergency Radiology, MSK, Pediatric Radiology, Thoracic Imaging, Neuroradiology, and Night Float preparation. This course also includes hands-on workshops for ultrasound and IR.
Research and QA projects:
Our department produces an impressive amount of research, and you will find ample opportunities to work with world-class faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, LBJ Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital. All residents are required to complete an ACGME approved scholarly activity under the guidance of a mentor. We have a Radiology Residency Research Committee that is available to guide and mentor each resident. Residents also participate in quality assurance projects. Residents with dedicated research projects have the opportunity for academic time during the R2, R3 and R4 years, two ½ academic days per rotation to meet with their mentors and work on their projects.
All residents receive 7 educational days per year to attend conferences or a review course. A resident who is presenting at a conference as the first-author received additional educational/CME days plus a stipend. Some of the popular national radiology conferences include RSNA, ARRS, AUR, SIR, among others.
Residents are allowed to schedule their own vacation days within the departmental guidelines. Residents are given 21 vacation days per year. Residents may take up to 5 vacation days per rotation.
Each resident receives a book fund that can be used to purchase a variety of educational materials. Residents have free access to StatDx, RadPrimer, & E‑Anatomy. The university library, the Texas Medical Center library and the MDACC radiology library provide additional resources such as textbooks, digital teaching media, journals for residents as well as a nice study environment.
Please reference The University of Texas System Medical Foundation Graduate Medical Education Resident Handbook located on the McGovern Medical School website for detailed information regarding institutional policies. The UTHealth GME website also provides information on resident stipends and insurance.
American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP):
All residents have the opportunity to attend the renowned AIRP course in Silver Springs, Maryland. This is a 4-week course that provides a comprehensive review of radiologic imaging and a radiologic presentation of a broad range of diseases and their pathological basis from all organ systems and imaging modalities. The department covers tuition fees and provides a stipend, in addition to receiving your regular salary during this course.
Interested residents may choose a month-long elective during their senior year to obtain a Certificate in Healthcare Management through the University of Houston at Clear Lake, which is located in the Texas Medical Center.
The Physician Educator Certificate Program (CPEP) is an 8-month program for residents who are interested in receiving more training in teaching effectiveness. This certificate program prepares trainees for their academic career, resulting in greater teaching confidence and job satisfaction. This course meets once a month for 8 months.
The Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Imaging offers a Clinician-Educator Track, which is a 4-year longitudinal program for radiology residents interested in pursuing an academic career. Radiology residents develop skills to become effective educators, including attending workshops, giving lectures to other residents and medical students, and preparing a capstone project.
Fourth Year Structure:
During the senior year, residents have the opportunity to take several elective rotations such as Cardiac MRI, Body MRI, PET/CT, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuroradiology, as well as the Healthcare Management course and dedicated pathways, including ESIR, MDACC Research and Nuclear Medicine.
Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) is a training option for Diagnostic Radiology residents who wish to specialize in IR. ESIR training is completed within the 4-year diagnostic radiology residency. It requires a total of 11 IR or IR-related rotations (minimum of 44 weeks) and an ICU rotation of at least 4 continuous weeks. During the ESIR year, the resident must document at least 500 interventional radiology or IR-related procedures. Residents need to declare their interest in the ESIR pathway by the end of the R2 year. Currently, we accept up to 4 senior residents each year for this pathway.
MDACC Resident Research Pathway:
The MDACC Resident Research Pathway works in conjunction with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-Houston) Radiology Residency Program to promote physician researchers in Diagnostic Imaging. The program allows 9 months of elective time during the PGY-5/R4 year for radiology residents to devote to basic science or clinical research project(s). During this time, residents spend one day a week in the clinic in order to maintain their interpretive skills and four days a week are spent developing their research interests. Participation in this pathway does not extend residency beyond the traditional 4 years.
This pathway accepts 1-2 residents per year. Once accepted the candidate should select a mentor and apply for a resident grant with the mentor’s assistance.
16-Month Pathway to Dual Certification in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology:
A resident who has a total of 16 months of experience in nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine during the 48-month diagnostic radiology residency may quality for the ABR’s subspecialty certificate in nuclear radiology.
Approved candidates follow the same exam schedule as candidates for the standard pathway in diagnostic radiology and a subspecialty in nuclear radiology.
Diagnostic Radiology residents should declare their interest in pursuing the 16-month pathway leading to specialty certification in Diagnostic Radiology and subspecialty certification in Nuclear Radiology by the end of their R2/PGY-3 year. Only one resident per year may enter this pathway. It does not extend the length of the residency.
Multiple internal moonlighting opportunities are available for residents in good academic standing. Residents can participate in evening and weekend shifts at Memorial Hermann Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center outpatient imaging centers. It is important to note that residents are not required to engage in moonlighting.
Radiology Resident Lounge:
The radiology resident lounge is located in McGovern Medical School and is equipped with computers, printers, a big screen television as well as a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator. This room is accessible via a combination code on the door and is a comfortable place for residents to gather, relax and work. There is also a House Staff Lounge at Memorial Hermann Hospital that provides refreshments for residents.
Latifa Sanhaji, M.D., is the designated Wellness Officer for the Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Imaging at UTHealth. In this role Dr. Sanhaji organizes wellness activities and provides resources to promote resident adaption and resilience. Dr. Sanhaji created the UT Residents’ Wellness Lounge at LBJ Hospital, to tend to the mind, body and spiritual needs of the residents.
Residents and their families have discounted access to the Recreation Center which provides a wide variety of quality facilities, equipment and programs (including a swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball and basketball courts, workout classes and personal trainers). Resident membership cost is nominal.
UTHealth RAD-AID Chapter:
The UTHealth RAD-AID chapter is led by Latifa Sanhaji, M.D. This chapter fosters interprofessional collaboration and includes faculty members, residents, medical students, technicians, nurses and IT professionals. The goal is to promote and increase availability and exposure to imaging techniques, procedures and education that are either unavailable or limited in other places worldwide. Each spring Dr. Sanhaji organizes and leads a trip to Morocco to provide valuable exchange of academic and technical knowledge to improve the quality of the Moroccan Medical Education through lectures, workshops, hands-on training, PACS assessment, mobile outreach, medical physics and radiation safety.