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 application 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)
    • Step 2 – Clinical Knowledge (CK)
    • Step 3
  • 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.

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


American Board of Radiology Alternate Pathway

An alternate four-year 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 and become eligible to sit for the American Board of Radiology (ABR) board certification examinations. Nuclear Medicine is an integral part of the four-year training program. Completing two years of Nuclear Medicine residency as part of the ABR alternate pathway would make trainees eligible to sit for both the ABNM and ABR exams. For more information about this opportunity please visit the 4-Year ABR Alternate Pathway page.

When applying to our Nuclear Medicine residency or 4-year alternate pathway, International Medical Graduates should also include the following in addition to the above required documentation:

  • Copy of ECFMG certificate
  • Copy of radiology residency certificate of completion
  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)