Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Program Director: William Peterson, MD
Associate Program Director: Matthew Miller, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program Length: 4 years (PGY2-PGY5)
Residents per year: 24 (7 per year)

About the program

Our diagnostic radiology residency program has a long history of preparing young physicians to successfully practice radiology, whether in an academic or private practice setting. We believe our residency combines the best attributes of both worlds, and our residents have the opportunity to pursue academic excellence within a framework of hands-on training in image interpretation and procedure

performance. The Department of Diagnostic Radiology is a large,
service-oriented department offering a full range of imaging modalities,
including computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), catheter angiography, and
radioisotopic scanning, as well as plain-film radiography, fluoroscopy, and
arthrography. The department also provides complete imaging services at
Allegheny General Hospital's Breast Center, which include screening and
diagnostic mammography, ultrasonography, and stereotactic breast biopsy. 

All faculty are certified by the American Board of Radiology and have been carefully recruited because of their expressed interest in teaching and commitment to providing the best overall educational experience to residents. The faculty are committed to the educational goals of the residency program:

  • Provide residents with sufficient training to allow them to achieve a high level of clinical experience in the radiologic diagnosis of disease processes
  • Train residents in the competent technical performance of radiological procedures
  • Support residents in their efforts to acquire the expertise to correctly interpret the results of radiological examinations and to gain an understanding of the pathophysiology and radiological manifestations of diseases
  • To guide and support resident efforts leading to publication and/or
    presentation of scholarly activities 
  • Provide an environment that encourages inquisitiveness and intellectual curiosity, mentoring by faculty and then by more senior residents to more junior residents, and cooperation with colleagues in the pursuit of education
  • Provide residents with the expertise to offer consultative radiological service to their non-radiological colleagues as an integral component of patient management

Resident clinical rotations are organized by subspecialty and are assigned at 4 week intervals, including:

  • Abdominal (Fluoroscopy/CT/MR)
  • Breast
  • Chest and cardiac
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pediatric radiology (UPMC Children’s Hospital)
  • Ultrasonography, including obstetric and gynecologic
  • Vascular and interventional radiology

In addition, residents obtain radiologic pathology experience by attending the four-week course given by the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology.  We strive to maintain the optimum balance of "hands-on" clinical experience in terms of interpretative sessions with faculty, as well as technical skills gained in procedure performance, and learning achieved through a full didactic curriculum. Residents also participate in multidisciplinary intradepartmental conferences and journal club. Radiologic physics is covered by the Telerad Physics Annual Course, which our residents experience throughout their four years of training. Ultimately, our clinical teaching faculty aim to prepare radiologists for successful careers in either academic or private practice radiology.

About Graduate Medical Education

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency program is part of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about Graduate Medical Education.