Curriculum Overview/Rotations

Diagnostic Radiology Program

The Department of Radiology offers a four year, preceptor-type program.


The first year of the radiologic subspecialties (pediatrics, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, chest, musculoskeletal, interventional/angiography, neuroradiology, ultrasound, body CT, and MRI). Residents attend a comprehensive didactic course in the physics of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine taught by physicists in the Department of Radiology. Residents participate in evening and weekend assignments with direct faculty supervision.


The second year is primarily spent at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital; residents rotate through most of the radiologic subspecialties. Residents begin overnight work with a night-float system.


During the third year, residents again spend most of their training at the University of Rochester Medical Center, however select rotations are offered at University Medical Imaging, our primary outpatient facility. PGY-4 and PGY-5 cover the majority of in-house overnight work in a night float system. They have increased autonomy to match their growing skills.


Beginning in 2013, the senior-year schedule allows for advanced focused training in up to 3 subspecialty fields of Radiology to enhance the residents’ clinical skills for practice as well as providing the resources needed to succeed on the American Board of Radiology certifying exam. During their senior year, residents can choose three 3-month rotations (“selectives”) in any of the subspecialty fields in Radiology for which they have an interest. Single month rotations during this year also include Interventional Radiology, Womens’ Imaging/Mammography, and an elective.

Diagnostic Training: Typical Educational Rotations

Category Duration
Abdominal Imaging: GI/GU fluoroscopy, CT, MRI 8
Vascular/Interventional 3
Thoracic Imaging including Cardiac CT, MRI
Emergency CT/US/MRI - Body & Neuroradiology - Night Float 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2
Musculoskeletal including MRI 4
Neuroradiology CT, MRI, etc. 4
Nuclear Medicine including PET-CT and Cardiac 4
Pediatric Imaging 4
Ultrasound including Obstetrics 4
Women’s Imaging 3
Subtotal: 43
Electives (including AIRP) 9

Changes in the American Board of Radiology Certification Examination

The American Board of Radiology plans a significant restructuring of the Diagnostic Radiology Boards beginning in 2013. As proposed, this will eliminate the separate physics examination (usually taken in PGY-2), significantly change the timing and content of the initial certifying “written” examination (taken in PGY-4), eliminate the traditional oral examination taken at the end of PGY-5, and create a post-graduation specialty examination. We are following these changes closely. These proposed changes will affect all aspects of board preparation, including the timing of rotations in the third and fourth year. The University of Rochester program will be adjusted to account for these changes while meeting our clinical and educational missions.