UW Radiology

About the Program

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 new format and timeline of the American Board of Radiology examinations have allowed our program to think creatively about training radiologists for the 21st century. We have revitalized our curriculum to keep the best of the current program while affording residents the flexibility they need in their training. Residents will rotate through all subspecialties of radiology and complete their core requirements in the first three years of radiology training. The final year can 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 will be integrated into the program for all residents. Residents who are preparing for a career as a clinician-educator may choose the Education Pathway, which will allow additional time in the PGY-5 year to learn how to teach more effectively, to obtain hands-on experience teaching medical students and residents, to create and publish enduring teaching materials, and to conduct research in education. Two residents will enter this track at the end of the PGY-4 year.

We have created an exciting new month-long Global Health rotation, in which two residents per year work in a developing country. In the past two years our residents participated in rotations in Croatia and Tanzania; they found the experiences to be terrific learning opportunities, and when they returned to Seattle they shared their experiences with the entire department.

Our new 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, excelling during residency, identifying a field of research, and choosing a fellowship and a career path. Residents will also choose a research mentor once they identify an area of interest.