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The Department of Radiology & Radiological Sciences

NUCLEAR MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The major goal of the nuclear medicine training program is to facilitate the professional and personal development of residents so that they are prepared to practice nuclear medicine com­petently in an academic or private practice setting while fulfilling the mission of VUMC: edu­cation, patient care, and research. We subscribe to the American Board of Nuclear Medicine Position Statement Components of Professional Competence for Nuclear Medicine Physicians, (J Nucl Med 2003; 44(6):988), and we are committed to teaching each resident the six general competencies.  The training includes instruction in basic sciences, instrumentation, and the use of radionuclides in diagnostic, ther­apeutic and investigational applications.  

We have four funded residency positions available, residents rotating between VUH, PET-CT, and the VAMC with abundant experience in nuclear cardiology. We have numerous nuclear medicine clinical conferences monthly as well as numerous collaborative clinical and research conferences complemented by an extensive nuclear medicine library with teaching files and computerized instruction.

FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT

 
At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which includes the adjacent Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, there are nine state-of-the-art dual-detector SPECT gamma cameras, in­cluding an integrated CT system for fusion imaging on three, and a combined PET/CT system. These are com­plemented by an uptake probe, two bone densitometers, a cyclotron with associated laboratories, a radio-pharmacy, and extensive research facilities including microPET and gamma camera systems.
 
The affiliated Veterans Administration Medical Center is on the same campus; its Nuclear Medicine department consists of five SPECT systems, two of which are integrated SPECT-CT system for fusion imaging, an uptake probe, a bone densito­meter, and a PET/CT system. It is expected that the nuclear medicine resident will be meaningfully involved in investigative research projects in medical imaging.
 
The full basic science staff of the Radiological Sciences Division and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) is available in support of both the clinical and research aspects of nuclear medicine training.

Numerous research programs are ongoing in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, as well as collaboration with other Divisions in the Department of Radiology and the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imagine Science (VUIIS).

NUCLEAR MEDICINE SUPPORT FACULTY

All nuclear medicine faculty members are leaders in their field with extensive publications in multiple areas including but not limited to PET and PET/CT and SPECT and SPECT/CT in the evaluation of neurologic, cardiovascular and oncologic disorders.

APPLICATION

One year of clinical training in an ACGME accredited program is required prior to consideration. Requirements for ABNM eligibility are on the Society of Nuclear Medicine website.  We do not participate in the National Residency Matching Program.

Please email radprogram@vanderbilt.edu for information regarding application.

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