Diagnostic Residency Training Program

The University of North Carolina Diagnostic Radiology residency training program at UNC Hospitals is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Residency Program Directors are Dr. Sheryl Jordan and Dr. Robert Dixon. The program is a four-year training experience, leading to board eligibility in Diagnostic Radiology, and is in accordance with the training requirements of the American Board of Radiology.

The program requires an internship prior to entry. BLS and ACLS certification are required. Eight radiology residency positions are available each year. The curriculum is based on rotation blocks. Each rotation consists of a four-week concentration in one of the subspecialty areas of radiology. There are 13 four-week blocks per year. 


Program Goals

The UNC Department of Radiology delivers the highest quality patient care.  We provide compassionate, appropriate, and effective care in the most professional manner from residents, faculty and ancillary staff alike.  We serve a diverse patient population at an 800-bed hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Over 400,000 imaging studies are performed annually.

The faculty's three-part mission in clinical, educational, and scholarly accomplishment extends to each resident as well.  Resource-rich and opportunity-laden best describe our program.  Clinical care, medical student and fellow resident education, and clinical and basic science research opportunities abound.  Indeed, all are required and/or strongly encouraged.  Preparing our residents for early success in patient care delivery and required national benchmarking are top priorities for early success in patient care delivery and required national benchmarking are top priorities for the Department.  Resident attendees at formal lectures, Grand Rounds, Multidisciplinary Conferences, American Institute of Radiology Pathology (AIRP), and Core Exam prep are all required.

Program Curriculum





UNC Radiology residents have opportunities for external moonlighting, which allows residents of all levels to provide contrast coverage for UNC and third-party owned outpatient imaging centers.

In addition to the above opportunity, we have started a new Internal Moonlighting system that allows upper level residents to provide diagnostic services at the main UNC hospital campus from 5PM-10PM. This new system helps the on-call residents during a high-volume time of day, and has been very well received by the residents.

The moonlighting schedules are resident-driven, and residents of appropriate levels are free to moonlight as long as duty hour, academic and attendance requirements are maintained


Each resident is allotted 3 weeks of vacation during each academic year.

Call Schedule

The call pool includes lower-level (R2/PGY-3) and upper-level (R3 + R4) residents. For both lower and upper level residents, call consists of the following shifts which rotate based on the call pool size (approximately q8 days for R2 and q16 days for R3-4):

  • Weekdays after business hours (5PM - 8 AM the following day)
    • Swing Shift
      • 1 upper and 1 lower level resident
      • Provide coverage from 5-10PM
      • Conference and daytime clinical duties from 12PM-5PM
      • Independent study time from 8AM-12PM
    • Night Float
      • 1 upper and 1 lower level resident
      • Provide coverage from 8 PM-8AM the following day
      • Excused from daytime clinical duties
    • Weekends
      • 1 Day resident 8AM-8PM, 1 Night resident 8PM-8AM the following day

Call Responsibilities

The lower-level residents are responsible mainly for STAT/urgent studies generated from inpatients and the emergency department, including radiographs, CT and basic ultrasound. The upper-level residents responsibilities include STAT/urgent nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, MRI, advanced/vascular ultrasound and interventional radiology cases.

Pre-call training

Prior to beginning call, each first-year resident participates in a series of training call nights where they work with a second-year resident to learn what call entails and to gain some experience in the on-call environment. In addition, there is a formal pre-call lecture series designed to further hone and review important skills before beginning call.

Recent Changes to Call Responsibilities

Due to the change in the examination schedule, we have adapted our call schedules to free the R-3's from call responsibilities starting March to give them over 3 months of call-free time to prepare for the CORE exam. Our goal is continue changing the system, so that R-3's get more time to study with each passing year to better accommodate the ABR roadmap.

Resident Meetings and Research  

Residents are encouraged to present at national meetings and are excused for clinical responsibilities to attend approved educational meetings. Travel expenses for residents who present at approved conferences are reimbursed by the Department.  Designated residents are excused to represent the Department at the annual Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meetings. Select residents also attend the national American College of Radiology (ACR) meeting.


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