Four-Year Diagnostic Residency

The diagnostic pathway provides extensive training in all aspects of clinical radiology. All modalities are covered, including Fluoroscopy, Ultrasound, PET, PET-CT, MRI, CT, Scintigraphy, and Radiography. All subspecialties are covered, including obstetrical/fetal imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, vascular and interventional radiology, body imaging, neuroradiology, head and neck imaging, pediatrics, chest and cardiac imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, physics, nuclear medicine, and breast imaging.

Each resident spends four week periods in subspecialty sections at UC San Diego Medical Center HillcrestThornton PavilionVA Medical Center, Jacob's Medical Center, and Rady Children's Hospital. All institutions are equipped with PACS. The resident works closely with a member of the faculty on a one-to-one basis. Intensive exposure to each of the clinical areas and appropriate staff is assured for every resident. Time and opportunity for clinical laboratory research projects are also available.

The UCSD residency program is run by residents, which means that residents (rather than the fellow or the attending), perform protocol exams, read studies, and field consults and questions from clinical services. Thus, when residents graduating from UCSD can run any service and will be prepared to succeed in both academia and private practice.

Eligibility & Application Process

Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants for our specialty tracks, Research and DIRECT Pathway, must also apply through ERAS and participate in the NRMP.

Applicants must be in their fourth year of medical school or a graduate of an American or Canadian medical school (including osteopathic schools).  In addition, the applicant must either be eligible for licensure or hold a valid medical license in the State of California.

International Medical Graduates will be considered on an individual basis.  UCSD accepts ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visas. Please note that H-1B visas are not available to trainees at our institution.

This residency program requires a non-radiology clinical internship prior to beginning radiology training. The application process for internship is entirely separate from this radiology residency application process.  Your internship does not need to be at UC San Diego Medical Center. Most of our residents complete a Preliminary Medicine, Surgery, or Transitional Internship.

> Meet Our Four-Year Residents

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please submit all application materials by October 15.

Our Selection Committee will review all applications, including the Student Performance Evaluation Letters (Dean's Letter) in early November. If selected, you will be contacted to schedule a personal interview.

Please do not anticipate any correspondence from our Selection Committee concerning interviews until the end of November. We receive over 500 applications each year and interview approximately 80 applicants annually.  All interviews are scheduled during the month of January.

Please contact us with questions about our residency and your application!

Dion Brown
UCSD Residency Program Coordinator
(619) 543-3534
UCSD Hillcrest Radiology
200 West Arbor Drive, 8756
San Diego, CA 92103