Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology

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Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology

  1. 1. 1 Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology In addition to complying with The Program Requirements for Residency Education in the Subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology, programs must comply with the following requirements, which may in some cases exceed the common requirements. I. SCOPE AND DURATION OF TRAINING A. Definition and Scope of the Specialty Nuclear radiology is defined as a clinical subspecialty of radiology involving imaging by external detection of radionuclides and/or biodistribution by external detection of radionuclides in the body for diagnosis of disease. Residency training programs in nuclear radiology must provide advanced training in the medical uses of radionuclides for in vivo - imaging. A training program in nuclear radiology will be accredited only in those institutions that have an accredited training program in diagnostic radiology. A program in nuclear radiology will be reviewed and accredited in conjunction with the review and accreditation of the residency program in diagnostic radiology. B. Duration of Training Prerequisite training for entry into a diagnostic radiology subspecialty program should include the satisfactory completion of a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or other training judged suitable by the
  2. 2. Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology 2 program director. II. Institutional Organization Those aspects of institutional support that pertain to residencies in diagnostic radiology shall also apply to programs in nuclear radiology, eg, administrative support, facilities, and clinical resources. III. Faculty Qualifications and Responsibilities The program director is responsible for the instructional program and for supervision of residents. The program director shall be certified by the American Board of Radiology with Special Competence in Nuclear Radiology or by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine or possess suitable equivalent qualifications. It is desirable that faculty members be certified in boards appropriate to those areas in which they are assigned to instruct and supervise residents. They must contribute sufficient time to the program to provide adequate instruction and supervision. A faculty (nuclear medicine physician)-to-resident ratio of 1:2 should adequately provide for teaching and supervisory responsibilities. IV. Facilities and Resources State-of-the-art nuclear imaging equipment should be available for instructional purposes. V. Educational Program The educational program must provide for well-balanced and progressive resident participation through examination of a diverse patient population, with continuous teaching and an active research
  3. 3. Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology 3 effort in nuclear radiology. A. Clinical Component 1. The training program shall include graduated study, experience, and responsibility in all facets of nuclear radiological diagnosis, medical nuclear and diagnostic radiological physics, radiobiology, health physics and protection, nuclear medical instrumentation, radiopharmaceutical chemistry and instrumentation, clinical applications of nuclear radiology, and pathology. 2. The program must provide adequate opportunity for a resident to participate in and personally perform a broad range of nuclear radiological procedures B. Didactic Components 1. Formal instruction in diagnostic radiologic and medical nuclear physics, radiobiology, and radiopharmaceutical chemistry is required. 2. Appropriate emphasis must be placed on the educational value of teaching interdepartmental teaching conferences. C. Research The program should provide an environment in which a resident is encouraged to engage in investigative work with appropriate faculty supervision. Documentation of this environment should be made in the application and indicated by papers published by residents and/or clinical faculty.
  4. 4. Program Requirements for Residency Education in Nuclear Radiology 4 D. Teaching File A teaching file of images referable to all aspects of nuclear radiology must be available for use by residents. This file should be indexed, coded, and currently maintained. E. Resident Policies 1. Supervision The responsibility or independence given to residents should depend on their knowledge, skills, and experience. Additional personnel must be available within an appropriate time interval to perform or to supervise procedures. 2. Duty Hours and Conditions of Work (See Program Requirements for Residency Education in the Subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology for details concerning duty hour requirements.) VI. Evaluation (See Program Requirements for Residency Education in the Subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology for details concerning evaluation requirements.) ACGME: February 1990 Effective: July 1995 ACGME: September 1996 Effective July 1, 1997 Revision: December 18, 2000 (editorial) Revision: December 19, 2001 (editorial) Revision: June 6, 2002 (editorial) 425pr797
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