Diagnostic Radiology

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Diagnostic Radiology Curriculum

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas is a combination of five five-year categorical positions that span postgraduate years one through five (PGY-1 – PGY-5) and two advanced positions that span PGY-2 – PGY-5. The latter two spots require a matched applicant to also match for an internship or transitional year for PGY-1. For the categorical five-year residents, the clinical internship is automatically acquired at Baylor University Medical Center during PGY-1. This year is a modified internal medicine preliminary year.


Clinical training in radiology at Baylor University Medical Center provides progressive, supervised responsibility for patient care and ensures residents perform both common and advanced procedures in all aspects of clinical diagnostic radiology. Our residents rotate through all radiology subspecialties and are evaluated at the end of each rotation.


 Diagnostic Radiology Residency Reading Room



Four months of nuclear radiology and three months of mammography are required, but time in the department is otherwise divided among the other subspecialties. There are six months of elective time during the final year of residency during which residents gain additional experience in their subspecialty areas of interest.


During four years of training, radiology residents will typically spend time training in each subspecialty area:


Subspecialty Four-Week Blocks
AIRP (Rad-Path Correlation) 1
Biopsy 2
Body Imaging – CT 2
Body Imaging – US 2
Body Imaging – MRI 2
Breast Imaging 4
ER Nights (Night Float) 8
ER Days 2
Musculoskeletal 3
Myelography 2
Neuroradiology – CT 2
Neuroradiology – MRI 2
Nuclear Medicine 5
Outpatient Imaging 1
Pediatric Radiology 3
Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) 3
Electives 6
Total 52


All applicants who successfully match for the categorical tract with Baylor through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) system are automatically matched to a preliminary internal medicine clinical year at Baylor University Medical Center. This provides the opportunity to rotate within the Radiology department for two four-week blocks during the clinical intern year.


A typical clinical intern year in Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas:


Category Four-Week Blocks
Ward Medicine 8
Coronary Care Unit (CCU) 2
Night Float 1
Radiology 2
Total 13


PGY-2 is spent at Baylor University Medical Center.


For PGY-3-5, a short portion of the training takes place at other locations:

  • Pediatric Radiology rotations during PGY-3 or 4 are conducted at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center Dallas (an affiliate of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Diagnostic Radiology training program). The pediatric rotation is under the guidance of Nancy Rollins, MD, director of Pediatric Radiology and Michael Morriss, MD, educational director.
  • PGY-4 residents attend a four-week American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) course, a program of the American College of Radiology (ACR). This continues the radiologic pathologic correlation training formerly conducted by the Armed Forces Institute in Pathology (AFIP).


Duties and Responsibilities

Residents are expected to be available to see patients by 7:30 a.m. each morning. Residents usually leave the department by 5 p.m., and it is a priority they have sufficient study time for independent reading in the evenings.


Some rotations require residents arrive earlier or stay later, and they are encouraged to participate in each rotation in a way that meets the subspecialties’ needs. The program director ensures rotation responsibilities do not detract from a resident’s overall educational experience.


Night Float

On-call responsibilities are satisfied through four-week emergency department night float rotations. Two residents are assigned to the rotation at any time and they alternate – six days on and six days off. Although residents are not able to attend noon conferences during this time, the arrangement provides the least disruptive schedule.


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