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.
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).
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.
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.
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