The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at David Grant USAF Medical Center is a fully accredited radiology residency, currently with 12 active duty Air Force physician residents in our program. The individual class size ranges from 2 to 4 residents per year. Applicants apply through a centralized process coordinated by the Physician Education Branch at Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Qualified applicants must be an active duty member of the Air Force and selection is made through a Tri-Service selection board. Our program selects new residents each year with an expected ratio of 2/3 HPSP / USUHS medical students and 1/3 active duty field officers. Medical student applicants are pre-selected for Radiology and must complete an internship prior to beginning their residency at the PGY-2 level.
Our department provides both inpatient and outpatient imaging services in all modalities to patients eligible for care, including active duty military, eligible dependents, VA patients and retirees. We provide and interpret radiographs, ultrasound, CT, MRI, and provide both diagnostic and therapeutic services in Nuclear Medicine, as well as Interventional Radiology. We also provide teleradiology coverage for approximately 15 outside bases.
We currently have 11 full time board certified active duty Air Force staff radiologists and two civilian radiologists. Ten of our radiologists have subspecialty fellowship training in the areas of Neuroradiology, Breast Imaging, Abdominal Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiothoracic Imaging and Interventional Radiology.
We are constantly working to upgrade our equipment. We currently have a 256 slice CT scanner, a CT fluoro unit for guided procedures, 1.5T and 3T MRI magnets, brand new Nuclear Medicine equipment including PET / CT, SPECT / CT and two SPECT cameras, 3D ultrasound and digital radiography.
For additional experience in Pediatric Radiology, trauma imaging and neuro-interventions our residents rotate to Children’s Hospital of Oakland and University of California, Davis Medical Center. All residents are also funded to attend the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology course in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Our main focus is on resident education, including quality viewbox and didactic teaching, patient care, process improvement and research. Our residents have a 100% first time pass rate on the ABR Core Exam for the past four years, and a 100% first time pass rate on the new ABR Certifying Exam.
Prior to the change in the board certification process our residents had a first time pass rate on their oral certification exam approaching 90%. We are in full compliance with the established ACGME / RRC guidelines.