February 3, 2006

Radiology’s residency program continues reign as tops in nation

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Radiology’s residency program continues reign as tops in nation

The American Board of Radiology is ranking Vanderbilt's residency program in Diagnostic Radiology number one in the nation for the fifth consecutive year.

Vanderbilt's resident performance on the certifying oral examination ranks first out of 187 programs nationwide, with Radiology residents achieving an unprecedented 100 percent pass rate for the ninth consecutive year.

The oral exams, an 11-part test of knowledge and skill that is required for residents to become board certified in diagnostic radiology, are administered each June to fourth-year students as the third and final part of the ABR exam.

The first part is a written physics exam normally taken in the second year and the second is a clinical exam usually taken in the third year.

Thomas Dina, M.D., associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and director of the department's residency training program, said the ABR's top ranking continues to assist Vanderbilt in attracting the country's top applicants to its program.

VUMC's Radiology Resident Program accepts approximately seven students per year out of more than 500 applicants.

To be ranked number one, a program must go five years without a resident failing outright or conditioning (failing three or fewer parts, which requires being re-tested on those parts).