The initial portion of the first year of the residency in Diagnostic Radiology is spent in the main Radiology Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. During this period, the resident works with staff to gain basic introductory experience in plain film interpretation, fluoroscopic procedures, and cross sectional imaging with CT and ultrasound. Following this one month introduction, residents enter into the general rotation schedule, with rotations in ultrasound, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and cross-sectional interventional included in the first year. These rotations provide the necessary experience to allow the resident to assume call responsibility which begins at the start of the second year.
During the second year, the resident assumes their first overnight on-call responsibilities. They repeat rotations in ultrasound, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and cross-sectional interventional. The second year also includes a first exposure to mammography and a 6-week rotation of pediatric radiology and nuclear medicine at Children's Hospital LA. A four week block is also available to residents who have interest in performing a research project.
Years Three and Four
Third year residents attend the four week radiologic-pathology correlation course sponsored by the American College of Radiology in Silver Spring, MD, and spend a second 6-week rotation at Children's Hospital LA for pediatric radiology and nuclear medicine, in addition to rotating through the core rotations at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Senior residents take a more active role in interventional procedures, and also play a greater role in diagnostic mammography.
During the fourth year, residents spend a month at the University of Southern California doing advanced cardiothoracic imaging, including cardiac MRI, and spend four weeks in obstetrical ultrasound in the Perinatology Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.