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Susan D. John, M.D.
Professor and Chair
J.S. Dunn Distinguished Chair In Radiology

Sandra A. A. Oldham, M.D., F.A.C.R.
Professor and Chief of Thoracic Radiology
Vice Chair for Education
Director, Radiology Residency Program
Director of Undergraduate Education in Radiology

Emma Ferguson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Residency Program Assistant Director

Lea Roberts, Residency Coordinator III

Lori Black, Coordinator I, Residency Training


The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
6431 Fannin Street, MSB 2.116
Houston, Texas 77030-1503
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The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is adjacent to the Memorial Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center (TMC).


Our Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
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Travel information for residency applicants invited to interview.

Relocation information for entering class of radiology residents.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). All UT Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging residency positions are offered through the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). Applicants must also register with NRMP and obtain an NRMP number. We offer thirteen (13) residency positions each year. The UT Houston program is ACGME accredited for a total of 52 residency positions. We receive approximately 600 applications per year, and we interview more than 100 applicants for the thirteen residency positions. Interviews are by invitation only.

Interview Dates:

October 11, 2013
October 18, 2013
October 25, 2013

November 1, 2013
November 8, 2013
November 15, 2013
November 22, 2013

December 13, 2013

January 10, 2014
January 17, 2014
January 24, 2014

Interviews are by invitation only.

The dates for the 2014 NRMP Main Residency Match have been set and are posted on the public website at:

The 2013-2014 timeline is:

The Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging residency program at UT Houston is a categorical 4 year radiology training program (PGY2, 3, 4, and 5). A clinical year (PGY1) is required for certification by the American Board of Radiology. For that reason, senior medical students applying to our Radiology program must also apply independently for a transitional or preliminary year to be completed before starting Radiology residency. Thus, graduating medical students must simultaneously apply for transitional or preliminary year positions for the upcoming year while also applying for Radiology residency positions to commence the following year. In effect, we fill our positions two years in advance.

PGY1 Programs (Houston and vicinity):

UT Houston Transitional Program / LBJ General Hospital (13 positions)
UT Houston Internal Medicine – Preliminary year (31 positions)
UTMB Galveston – Internal Medicine – Preliminary year (40 positions)
Baylor College of Medicine – Preliminary year (16 positions)
Methodist Hospital – 12 positions

Applicant documentation requirements for UT Houston Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging (PGY 2-5):

Graduates of US Medical Schools (State Board Requirements):

All US graduates must provide the following:

International Graduates (State Board Requirements):

Supervision Training Protocol

ACGME Duty Hour Standards


To let residents know what care they are allowed to deliver under indirect supervision (attending faculty immediately available by phone & readily available in person when needed) and oversight.

ACGME Duty Hours: ACGME Approved Standards Website

Duty hours are defined as all clinical and academic activities related to the residency program, including clinical care, in-house call, short call, night float and day float, transfer of patient care and administrative activities related to patient care.  For call from home, only the hours spent in the hospital after being called in to provide care count toward the 80-hour weekly limit.

Description of Residency:

Our residency is very large and our residents rotate through three integrated and three affiliated hospitals.

Integrated Hospitals:

Affiliated Hospitals:

Educational Objectives:

Residents are exposed to a large variety of patients and disease states. Our combined faculty is very large with a faculty-to-resident ratio of nearly 2:1. All work done by the residents is supervised; however, as they progress through the residency, residents have graduated responsibilities commensurate with their knowledge. All of our hospitals have state-of-the-art equipment. While most of Radiology is practiced in a hospital setting, our residents also rotate through our outpatient facility. After patient care, our principal goal is the education of our residents. Educational and research opportunities abound in our hospitals with our multi-talented faculty. Before graduation, many residents coauthor papers in refereed journals, present scientific papers, and/or author/coauthor scientific exhibits at national or international meetings of professional organizations.

Resident Awards





University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Monthly Rotations
Subspecialty 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
Gastrointestinal—Body CT 2 1 1 -
Chest 1 1 1 -
Emergency Room (Days) 2 - - -
Ultrasound 1 1 1 -
Neuroradiology 1 1 1 -
Nuclear Medicine 1 1 1 1
Pediatric Radiology 1 1 1 -
Angiography - 2 2 -
Night Float 0 2 1 -
Mammography - 1 1 1
Musculoskeletal—Body MR - 1 1 -
General (Saint Joseph Hospital) - 1 - -
AIRP - - 1 -

During the 4th year, residents can choose to focus on several areas of interest. Research electives are available.

Fundamentals Course:

At UT Houston we have developed a unique educational experience for our first year residents called the Fundamentals Course. For the first year of training, first year residents are excused from clinical services one afternoon a week. They have a dedicated classroom where they receive specific instruction in the basic principles of Radiology, including Physics and Radiation Protection. The residents receive basic training in GI, GU, Chest, US, CT, Neuroradiology, Pediatric Radiology, and Nuclear Medicine. The objective of this Fundamentals Course is threefold:

First, we bring together diverse physicians with different educational backgrounds and get them all “on the same page” to review anatomy and to review basic radiologic concepts. For example, a resident may not rotate through ultrasound until the 12th block of his/her first year. This means that for the entire first year, any ultrasound images presented at daily conferences will be a mysterious blur to the resident who has yet to rotate through ultrasound. However, after his/her exposure to ultrasound through the Fundamentals Course, the resident will have some basis for understanding what is being said or shown during conference. This allows our didactic and noon conferences to be given at a higher educational level, aimed at the second, third and fourth year Radiology residents, because all of the basic information will have been addressed in the Fundamentals Course

The second objective of the Fundamentals Course is to present specific material that will make first year residents “call ready.” The residents take a final exam where they must score a minimum of 70% in order to pass and be “call ready”.

The third objective is to provide the resident with the necessary radiation safety and management training that surrounds the use of ionizing radiations in medical diagnosis and intervention.

Daily Teaching Conference:

Didactic Conference: noon-1:00 p.m. All residents attend lectures given by faculty using a two-year curriculum. This ensures that the most important concepts in each of the ten radiology subspecialties are presented to the residents twice during residency. All ten radiology subspecialties are represented:neuroradiology, GI radiology, GU radiology, thoracic radiology, mammography, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, vascular/Interventional radiology, musculoskeletal radiology (including Emergency Radiology) and ultrasound.

Subspecialty Conference: These are conferences attended by the residents according to the hospital and service where they are rotating. For instance, if a Resident is rotating on the musculoskeletal service at Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center (TMC), they attend the monthly rheumatology conference.

Interesting Case Files:

All residents are required to contribute to the soft copy case library (a.k.a. Interesting Case Files or ICF) of the Department on an annual basis. Two case reports per year must be approved by faculty and be publication ready on the following schedule:

The Power Point template and instructions can be downloaded from the password-protected Insider Pages section. To access the Forum pages, enter your UTHSC email user name and password in the box that will appear when you click on

Resident Call:

Our residents take call commensurate with their level of training. There is no overnight independent call during the first 12 months of training (July through June)

Special Assistance & Information:

If you need additional information, please contact our Radiology Education Office at 713/500-7640, or fax 713/500-7647. You should speak with Ms. Lori Black, Mrs. Lea Roberts, Dr. Emma Ferguson, or Dr. Sandra Oldham, Program Director.


UTHSC Radiology Residents


Information regarding lectures, pager numbers, schedules, etc., can be found at:

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