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Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Andrew Yen

Andrew Yen, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology and Radiology Residency Program Director

Alice Chong

Alice Chong, MD, MHCI
Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology and Radiology Residency Associate Program Director

There are currently eight ACGME-approved spots available in our Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency. Balanced training in all modalities of clinical radiology are provided, including radiography, CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, PET and PET/CT, scintigraphy, and MRI. Expert fellowship-trained radiologists provide one-on-one training in all subspecialties of radiology, including neuroradiology, body imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, breast imaging, pediatric radiology, vascular and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiology physics.

Education is at the forefront of the program with daily noon conferences, weekly subspecialty case conferences, protected weekly three-hour resident mega-conferences, departmental grand rounds, continued quality improvement conferences, intensive board reviews, and a comprehensive physics curriculum. The George Leopold Club, named after the former department chairman and avid educator, is a cherished tradition in which first year residents learn the fundamentals of radiology from subspecialty attendings in a relaxed small group setting with food, drinks, and fun. UCSD residents also learn by teaching, whether through direct one-on-one interaction with or giving lectures to rotating medical students, presenting radiology case conferences to medicine residents, or participating in hospital-wide tumor boards.

UC San Diego School of Medicine is consistently one of the top 10 public medical schools for research funding, and the Department of Radiology's mission is to discover and establish novel solutions at the intersection of health care, science, and technology. Diagnostic residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research and are provided protected research time each year as well as funding for attendance of national and international radiology conferences. There are ample opportunities to be involved with clinical or basic science research in any subspecialty and supportive mentors can be found in any area of interest. Monthly resident journal clubs are held to reinforce the importance of evidence-based practice. 

"The degree of attending expertise combined with their desire to share their knowledge, the breadth and complexity of cases available, and the caring community can't be beat! I would recommend this program to everyone!"

-UCSD Radiology Alumnus
Camaraderie, community, and leadership are at the heart of our program. Department-sponsored resident social gatherings are held monthly with additional events frequently hosted by generous faculty and friends, including a day at the Del Mar racetrack and a day on Mission Bay with stand-up paddle boarding and sailing. A community service committee organizes periodic volunteer events for residents and faculty, and residents participate in the free medical student-run clinic, offering imaging services to the underserved and hands-on experience for medical students. Most residents are involved in multiple leadership positions within the residency program, the radiology department, UC San Diego Health, and state and national medical and radiological committees.