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Radiology Residency Training Program

Our Vision:

To lead in Radiology Residency training through education, research and innovation.

Our Mission:

To provide excellent training in the specialty of Radiology through an accredited program with a CanMEDS-based curriculum; to develop expertise in all radiologic subspecialties and modalities with an emphasis on professional development; to otain experience in research, quality assurance, teaching and multi-disciplinary collaboration; to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Message from the Program Director
Dr. Ross

Welcome to the Western University Radiology Residency Program website. I am pleased that you have shown an interest in the exciting radiology program at Western.

London has three major teaching hospitals, including an integrated pediatric hospital and oncology center within the Victoria Hospital site. At University Hospital there is a renowned transplant program and Neurosciences program. St. Joseph’s Hospital boasts an internationally known Hand and Upper Limb Clinic. The training program encompasses a catchment area covering all of southwestern Ontario. London and Western have an active research community that includes specialized imaging research groups at the world-renowned Robarts Research Institute and at the Lawson Health Research Institute. There are approximately 50 Radiologists within London and a separate Nuclear Medicine department with a residency program offering specialized training. The Radiology faculty at Western have fellowship subspecialty training in a wide variety of expertise resulting in excellent teaching by dedicated staff.

We are a medium sized program with approximately 20 residents and are a close, collegial group. The favorable resident-to-fellow ratio at Western allows residents to have ample opportunities to gain valuable experience at performing image-guided procedures. Our residents participate in activities such as the annual resident retreat, a thriving visiting professor program and an active journal club. The residents also enjoy a relaxing welcome barbecue each summer, competing against the staff radiologists in the annual softball game and getting together for holiday events.

Western Radiology residents have a tradition of success in the Royal College qualifying exams and in obtaining competitive fellowship training positions throughout Canada and the United States. That a number of former residents have returned and accepted faculty positions at Western is a testament to the high level of satisfaction and loyalty of the graduates of our program.

Program Summary

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at Western University is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It is a mid-size program with about 20 residents (usually 4/year). PGY1 is a basic clinical year. PGY2-5 rotations are all in diagnostic imaging. The core rotations meet Royal College Specialty Training Requirements and provide experience with all the modalities and body systems. Elective time occurs mainly in PGY5.

PGY 2

The goals of the PGY2 year are an introduction to the core areas of radiology as well as preparing the resident to begin call, which usually starts in December. Most rotations are one block long. Residents rotate throughout the city and all residents do the same rotation complement (but at different times throughout the year). There are rotations in general radiology, abdominal imaging, chest imaging, bone/musculoskeletal, ultrasound, CT, neuroradiology and an introduction to mammography.

PGY 3 & 4

The PGY3 + 4 years consist of subspecialty radiology rotations covering all the core areas of Radiology, plus Nuclear Medicine. Each year there is one mammography rotation. All residents have the opportunity to attend the four week American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) Radiology/Pathology Correlation Course which is usually taken in the PGY4 year. Time for research is permitted at the discretion of the program.

PGY 5

The focus of the PGY-5 year is review, consolidation and exam preparation. Residents are given greater responsibility and at the completion of their residency they should be functioning at the level of a junior consultant. Core rotations include general radiology (3 blocks) and mammography (1 block). Senior residents have considerable flexibility choosing rotations in their final year.