Diagnostic Radiology Overview

Georgetown Radiology residency is a medium size program offering five positions per year allowing for a small faculty to resident ratio. There are several fellowship programs, but fellows do not dominate the reading rooms. The primary goal of the residency program is to produce competent well-rounded radiologists who find themselves desirable to both academic and private practice groups. Personal and professional development is stressed, and with almost all residents at Georgetown continuing on to match at outstanding fellowships.

Residents rotate through all sub-specialties at Georgetown with supplemental training provided at participating outside institutions. Strong divisions within the department including Abdominal Imaging (MRI/CT/US/Fluoroscopy), Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology and Breast Imaging. Recent addition of new fellowship trained faculty in sections such as musculoskeletal continue to expand the breadth of clinical training.

The residency program understands that not all training can come from one hospital. Therefore to round out the training experience the radiology department has established valuable teaching affiliations to broaden the residency experience. Outside rotations include Children’s National Medical Center for pediatrics, Washington Hospital Center for Cardiac MRI and the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock/Trauma Center for trauma.

Despite a robust clinical experience, residency training is incomplete without dedicated high-quality didactic training. The faculty at Georgetown participate in an established core curriculum in all specialties featuring approximately 10 hours of faculty-presented lectures per week. Several structured case conferences including a quality improvement conference are held monthly. In addition, a monthly Grand Rounds is held featuring renowned visiting professors from all specialties.

Georgetown also offers the tools for professional growth with an up-to-date resident-run medical library, resident given monthly journal club, monthly resident participation in the District of Columbia Medical Radiological Society (DCMRS), early teaching opportunities at Georgetown University Medical School and attendance at the ACR Radiology Pathology Course.

The Department of Radiology at Georgetown is an academic department that celebrates a rich history of research and as such, residents are required to participate in research. However, the large offering of different research opportunities allow residents to find projects that are individually satisfying. The Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS) Center is unique to Georgetown and offers residents the option of participating in projects designed around image guidance. The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center allows for clinical and bench research. The proximity to National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as affiliation of some of the faculty allow for more interested residents and fellows to get involved in larger projects. On-site statistician support makes completing a research project during residency a reality.

In addition to the traditional diagnostic residency program, Georgetown is one of a small number programs that is able to offer the DIRECT pathway into interventional radiology as well as the Holman Research Pathway for well qualified applicants.

Information on these programs can be obtained by contacting the academic coordinator:

Siliva Villarroel 
Department of Radiology 
Georgetown University Hospital 
3800 Reservoir Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20007-2113 
Phone: 202-444-3314 
Fax: 202-444-4899
Email: villaros@gunet.georgetown.edu