Department of Radiology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Overview of Diagnostic Radiology

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons requires specific periods of training in each subspecialty area. The Queen's program in Diagnostic Radiology meets or exceeds the Royal College requirements in each subspecialty area.

The basic clinical year (PGY-1) is usually compromised of rotations in medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, a resarch block and an elective block.  

The first two years of diagnostic radiology training involve most of the core rotations (eg. GI, GU, CT, ultrasound, MRI, nuclear medicine, chest, neuroradiology, mammography, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal). Trainees are introduced to most subspecialties and techniques very early in their training. The established block rotations are intended to provide a broad based clinical experience with graded responsibility, development of technical skills, and acquisition of knowledge.

Rotations are completed at the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital and require active participation in organizing and presenting academic rounds, teaching undergraduate medical students and junior radiology trainees, and supervising junior residents.

The pediatric radiology rotation consists of three blocks at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This is arranged by an inter-university affiliation agreement and occurs in the PGY4 year.

A research project is a compulsory component of our program. All residents must complete and present one project during their training.

The fourth and final year is intended to be a broad based experience. Any remaining compulsory rotations will be completed and the remaining rotations are designated as junior staff rotations. These are intended to maximize the experience and exposure of trainees to radiology. There is an intense period of plain film interpretation. There is ample opportunity to be involved in special procedures or to broaden one's experience in an area of special interest. Depending on the degree of experience, knowledge and confidence, the trainee will work under supervision or independently with consultative support.

Residents are evaluated throughout their training. Resident reviews are also conducted each Spring and Fall.  Residents participate in the annual American College of Radiology In-Training Examination (for residents in the PGY3 and 4 year), and an annual OSCE examination. 

We do not offer fellowships in our department.