About Us

SKI Day 2010

Thank you for your interest in the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the University of Washington!

Radiology is an exciting and ever-changing field.  The revised format and timeline of the American Board of Radiology examinations provided our program the opportunity to think creatively about training radiologists for the 21st Century.  We used the opportunity to revitalize our curriculum and program structure to afford residents the increased flexibility they need in their training.  In our program, residents rotate through all subspecialties of radiology and complete their core requirements in the first three years of radiology training.  The final year can then be devoted to research, teaching, early sub-specialization, or in-depth education in more than one field.

Research is an integral component of our program’s educational mission.  All residents undertake a mentored research project during their two-month “Competencies” rotation and may also schedule up to six months of elective time for research during their residency.

Teaching experience is integrated into the program for all residents.  Residents who are preparing for a career as a clinician-educator may choose the Education Pathway, which allows   additional time in the PGY-5 year to learn how to: teach more effectively, obtain hands-on experience teaching medical students and residents, create and publish enduring teaching materials, and conduct research in education.  Two residents are selected to enter this track at the end of the PGY-4 year.

We offer an exciting month-long Global Health rotation in which two residents per year are funded to work in a developing country.  In the past our residents have participated in rotations in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.  Residents who have participated in this rotation have shared their experiences with the Radiology Department at our annual Research Day and have praised the terrific learning opportunity.

We believe strongly in the power of mentoring.  Our mentorship program provides a resident mentor and a faculty mentor to every incoming resident.  The mentors guide the residents during the course of their career at UW, providing advice on topics as varied as: finding the best books to read, how to excel during residency, identifying a field of research, and choosing a fellowship and a career path.  Residents also choose a research mentor once they are settled in the program and have identified an area of interest.