The VCU Department of Radiology residency program ensures that our 35 residents receive the most outstanding training available. We attract residents who graduate at the top of their medical school classes and are recruited to some of the most competitive fellowships and medical practices upon completion of their residency.
As part of the residency program, students have the opportunity to work with patients at VCU Medical Center – one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated medical university complexes – and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the VA’s flagship hospitals.
The radiology residency program provides thorough and intense training in all subspecialties of diagnostic radiology, including:
- Angiography and Interventional Radiology
- Gastrointestinal Radiology
- Genitourinary Radiology
- Computed Tomography
- Nuclear Medicine
- Pediatric Imaging
- Breast Imaging
- Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging
- Musculoskeletal Imaging
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
During the four-year program, residents are expected to grasp the basics of each subspecialty and integrate the multiple imaging disciplines early in their experience.
The diagnostic radiology residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Radiology. Our program consists of four years of diagnostic radiology, beginning at the postgraduate year two (PGY 2) level, and is designed to involve residents directly in image production, interpretation and patient care from the beginning of their training.
Successful completion of the training program qualifies graduates to sit for the American Board of Radiology specialty examination. Residents will also be prepared for full-time academic or private careers in diagnostic radiology.
Radiology residents work closely with each other and with radiology faculty and fellows, forming a close-knit team. Our caseload is large and residents participate in a variety of procedures. They share interesting cases with each other and develop a high degree of confidence and skills as they progress through the program. Medical students also rotate through our Department, offering residents teaching opportunities.
In the second year, residents begin taking overnight call blocks as the plain film resident, during which they handle plain film, and head and cervical spine computed tomography (c-spine CT) responsibilities. At the same time, there is always an upper level resident handling an imaging call block with them, during which that resident handles all other computed tomography, magnetic resonance, interventional procedures and ultrasound examinations. On average, each resident has a total of six or seven two-week blocks of night call during their residency.
During each resident's first imaging call block, we also attempt to schedule an upper level resident as the plain film call in order to provide support as needed. Call responsibilities at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia provide additional confidence and experience as the transition to upper level call occurs.
All residents are required to be currently certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and this course is provided by VCU Health.
Monthly rotations through the subspecialties of radiology.
Each year of the residency there are monthly rotations through the subspecialties of radiology. Rotations early in the training program help our residents acquire basic knowledge, while subsequent rotations increase their expertise and responsibilities. All cases are reviewed with a faculty member and every case has the potential to be a teaching case.
First-year residents rotate for one month through each of the core rotations at the VCU Medical Center, including body computed tomography, breast imaging, chest, emergency, gastrointestinal, fluoroscopy, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, pediatrics, and ultrasound.
Second- and third-year residents spend approximately 60 percent of their time at the VCU Medical Center and 40 percent at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Rotations at the VA include vascular interventional, gastrointestinal, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, neuroradiology, body computed tomography, and evening call.
Residents have varied schedules and spend a significant amount of time on the vascular interventional service at VCU Health. In addition, the American College of Radiology in-training examination is given each January to second-year residents, and all third-year residents spend four weeks at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.
Fourth-year residents enjoy a significant reduction in call responsibilities, with the majority consisting of backup weekend call for the in-house residents. Residents also have the opportunity to design their own mini fellowship.
Salary and Benefits
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How to Apply
All applicants must have a minimum of three months of U.S. or Canadian direct patient care activity. Non-clinical graduate work in the U.S. or Canada does not meet the requirement. For U.S. and Canadian medical students, clinical rotations during medical or dental school will meet this requirement. Externships of direct patient care will meet the three-month requirement, however observerships and research fellowships do not qualify. Please note that observerships and externships are not available in the VCU Department of Radiology.
For more information related to the complete resident eligibility and selection policies, please visit Graduate Medical Education Applicant Resources for residents and fellows.
- Completed application
- Copy of medical school transcript
- Personal statement
- A recent headshot
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter from the dean of your medical school
- Three letters of recommendation from physicians who can evaluate your performance
- International medical graduates must have letters of recommendation which clearly document U.S. or Canadian clinical experience
- U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step I and II test scores
- All applicants must have passed Step 1 of the USMLE prior October 15 of the application year for consideration
- International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must either be enrolled in or have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada internship year
- J-1 visa, if applicable
- Only J-1 visas are accepted at VCU Health. All applicants must have sufficient written and spoken English language skills in order to deliver safe and effective patient care
- Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate
- Certificate must be in place at the time of application
Residency Education Program Directors
Our program directors ensure radiology residents receive the most outstanding training opportunities.
Our residency program is associated with the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of the VA’s flagship hospitals.
Josephina A. Vossen, M.D., Ph.D.
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