Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Tudor Hughes

Tudor H. Hughes, MBBS, MD, FRCR

Professor of Clinical Radiology and Radiology Residency Program Director

There are currently six ACGME-approved spots available in our Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency. Extensive training in all modalities of clinical radiology are provided, including radiography, CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, PET and PET/CT, scintigraphy, and MRI. Expert radiologists provide one-on-one training in all subspecialties of radiology, including neuroradiology, body imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, chest and cardiac 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, dedicated weekly subspecialty conferences, biweekly resident mega-conferences with departmental grand rounds, continued quality improvement conferences, and a comprehensive physics curriculum. The George Leopold Club, named after the former department chairman and avid educator, is a cherished tradition for first year residents during which a comprehensive introductory case-based lecture series is delivered by faculty in an informal setting with food, drinks, and camaraderie. 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.

The program strongly emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and clinical judgement and adheres to the notion that the four-year training program serves as the beginning of a lifelong study of radiology. We stress the importance of continually improving the practice of radiology with incorporation of new, cutting-edge technologies and critical evaluation of their predicted and eventual role in the realm of diagnostic imaging. Focus is placed on evidence-based practice through monthly journal clubs and encouraged participation in research and attendance of national radiology conferences.

"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.