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Rotations through the various radiology specialties are designed to meet the requirements of the American Board of Radiology and to ensure adequate resident exposure to all facets of Diagnostic Radiology. Rotations are separated into 4-week blocks. First-year radiology residents are assigned to Ultrasound, CT/MR, Specials, GU, GI, Pediatric Radiology, and Chest during their first six months, in preparation for call. Our residents also participate in the new ABR examination structure, which is intended to encourage lifelong, adult learning.

Rotation Requirements/Electives

Rotation R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Abdominal/Genitourinary Radiology 2 1 1   4
Breast Radiology 1 1 1 1 4
Chest Radiography* 1 1 1   3
CT/MRI Abdomen 1 1 1 1 4
CT/MRI Chest 1 1 1 1 4
Emergency Radiology/Night Shift*   1 1 2 4
Musculoskeletal Radiology 1 1 1   3
Neuroradiology 1 1 1   3
Nuclear Medicine 1 1 1 1 5
Pediatric Radiology 1 1 1   3
Ultrasound 2 1 1   4
Vascular Radiology
Vascular VA (Elective)
  1 1   2
American Institute of Radiologic Pathology     1   1
Electives** 1     7 8
Total 13 13 13 13 52

This curriculum exceeds the requirements designated by the American Board of Radiology, which requires a minimum of 700 hours of clinical training in nuclear medicine and documentation of at least 240 mammogram interpretations over a six-month period during the last two years of training. Minor alterations to the above guidelines may be implemented to meet coverage needs.

Blocks are four weeks in duration with 13 blocks per academic year.

*Night shift is assigned in two-week increments (half-blocks) in years R2-R4.
**R4 electives are available in outpatient musculoskeletal radiology and cardiac radiology.

Our program is also unique in that we offer a focused senior year based on the specialty chosen for fellowship. This allows the resident to become extremely adept in their future field of expertise, and our residents who go on to fellowship are able to function independently and efficently from day 1.


CT and US-Guided/Vascular Procedures

A large variety of interventional cases and diagnostic angiograms are performed. With no fellows to compete with for procedure time, our residents begin accumulating hands-on experience on day 1. Numerous image-guided procedures are performed daily, including CT-guided biopsies and abscess drainages, vertebroplasties, epidural steroid injections, angiograms, thoracenteses, paracenteses, and joint injections.

Musculoskeletal MRI

Numerous joint exams are performed daily. Residents also have remote access to additional MRI studies performed at various local outpatient imaging centers.

Pediatric Radiology

Wesley Medical Center has the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the state, along with a well-established pediatric intensive care unit. This combination provides exposure to a large case volume and variety of pathology.


Inpatient and outpatient brain and spine MRI is performed daily at Wesley, and is supplemented by conventional cerebral angiograms, lumbar punctures, and myelograms.

Women's Imaging

High volume screening and diagnostic mammograms are performed both at Wesley and the nearby Cypress Women's Imaging Center. Our mammography resident rotates through both facilities, where they are involved in various breast interventional procedures including US-guided and MRI-guided biopsies. Breast MRI is performed at the outpatient imaging center (Cypress), and the vast majority of OB/GYN ultrasound performed at Wesley. 

American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP)

All residents attend AIRP during their third year of residency. Tuition is paid for by the department, and residents are given a stipend for four weeks in Washington D.C. 85 percent attendance will be expected at AIRP. Any additional days missed will be counted as vacation. If vacation is already exhausted, additional days missed will be counted as days without pay.


Residents are provided a structured physics curriculum with ample learning resources. Walter Huda, Ph.D., leads three weekend "boot camps" tailored for each class. Lectures are given on the reading assignments focusing on high-yield topics relevant to the residents' year of training and pertinent for the core exam. The third-year radiology residents will have dedicated weekly morning webcast lectures from Sept. through March and a mock physics examination will be given in preparation for the ABR Core Examination.


During each block, one upper-level resident will be assigned to the VA Hospital. With a high volume of interventional procedures and outpatient diagnostic radiology, this resident will be able to tailor this rotation to his or her specific educational goals.

During the block that the resident is scheduled for two weeks of night float, they have the option to spend the other two weeks of the block for scholarly activity wtih approval of the program director. This may be used for original research, preparation of material for national meetings, or quality improvement initiatives.

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita has been approved for the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology program by the ACGME. The purpose of the ESIR is to provide Interventional Radiology (IR) training of Diagnostic Radiology (DR) residents who would like to specialize in IR and puts them on track to start in an advanced (PGY-6 or second-year) position in an independent IR program, which will be matched through the NRMP. This will allow for a DR resident to complete their IR training within 6 years.

ESIR training requires a total of 12 IR or IR-related rotations within the 4-year DR residency (maximum of 16). The minimum ESIR requirements are at least 8 IR rotations (under direct supervision of IR faculty), 1 ICU rotation, and up to 3 IR-related rotations during PGY-2-5 years. A minimum of 500 IR or IR-related procedures are required for continuation in second-year position in an independent IR program. One resident per year will be selected during their PGY-3 year for this pathway.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
Diagnostic Radiology

Program Director
Kamran Ali, M.D.

Program Coordinator
Heather Contreras
316-962-2211 (phone)
316-962-7231 (fax)

Wesley Medical Center
550 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67214