UW Radiology

Application Process

How to Apply to the University of Washington Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

The American Board of Nuclear Medicine updated its requirements for Nuclear Medicine residency programs. Any applicant to a Nuclear Medicine residency program must have completed a minimum of one year of an ACGME-accredited postdoctoral clinical medicine training in the United States prior to enrolling in nuclear medicine residency. International medical graduates who are board certified in diagnostic radiology in their home country may be eligible for a waiver of this PGY-1 training year requirement.

We do not coordinate the PGY-1 year for candidates but will consider applicants who are currently enrolled and performing well in their PGY-1 training, or candidates who already have secured an upcoming PGY-1 training year. Acceptance in our Nuclear Medicine residency program will be contingent on the successful completion of the PGY-1 year.

All candidates must have passed USMLE Step 3 prior to an applicant being considered for an interview with our division.


To apply, please complete the UW Nuclear Medicine training application form and return, along with supporting documentation requested to:

Fatemeh Behnia, M.D.
Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency Program
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 N.E. Pacific St., Box 357115
Seattle, WA 98195-6113

Requested documentation:

  • Completed UW NM Residency Application
  • Current CV
  • Copy of USMLE Score Reports
    • Step 1
    • Step 2 – Clinical Skills (CS) if taken prior to May 26, 2020
    • Step 2 – Clinical Knowledge (CK)
    • Step 3
  • OET exam (in lieu of USMLE Step 2- Clinical Skills (CS) exam)
  • Copy of Medical School Transcript(s)
  • Copy of Dean’s Letter from Medical School
  • Copy of medical school diploma
  • Letters of reference – minimum of 3
  • Personal statement

Please have professional references send original letters directly to the UW Nuclear Medicine Residency program director at the time your application is submitted.

Application packets may be sent via email to nmadmin@uw.edu or lastp@uw.edu.

If you need further assistance, please contact our Nuclear Medicine administrator at: nmadmin@uw.edu


ABR Alternate Pathway

The ABR alternate pathway is available for international medical graduates who are board certified in radiology in their home country.  This pathway provides an opportunity to complete four years of radiology training at UW and become eligible to sit for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification examination. Nuclear Medicine is an integral part of the four-year training program offering up to multiple years of Nuclear Medicine training towards achieving ABR eligibility. Completing at least two years of Nuclear Medicine training (within the 4-year pathway) would additionally qualify international medical graduates to sit for the ABNM (American Board of Nuclear Medicine) board examination.

For more information about the 4-year ABR alternate pathway please visit the 4-Year ABR Alternate Pathway page and follow the application requirements.



Due to Covid-19 pandemic all interviews will be conducted virtually at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement: Per Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, employees of higher education and healthcare institutions must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees – including residents and fellows – will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.  Information about this requirement is also posted on the Prospective Residents & Fellows page of this website and programs need to ensure applicants invited to interview are aware of this requirement as a condition of employment.  Details on the vaccination verification process for incoming residents and fellows will be provided at a later date.