Frequently Asked Questions

How many residents are accepted per class?

  • Four or five residents are accepted each year. We average 18 residents overall.

Do you have an absolute minimal board score cut-off to be granted an interview?

  • No, there is no minimal board score cut-off. However, the program is competitive, and the USMLE scores are evaluated as one of the criteria used to select candidates that will be offered interviews.

Does the department offer fellowships?

Is the residency program accredited by the ACGME?

  • Yes, the program is ACGME accredited. 

Which fellowships fall under ACGME jurisdiction?

How do the residents perform on the American Board of Radiology exam?

  • GW residents perform exceptionally well the board examination. All of our residents have passed the new boards since its inception a few years ago. 

What percent of your residents go on to fellowships?

  • All of our resident choose to pursue fellowships, generally getting their first or second choice.

How is physics taught?

  • While some physics is integrated into lectures and discussions at the workstations, formal radiology physics teaching occurs in the late winter and spring prior to the ARB board exam. Several special multi-hour sessions are planned in the areas of general radiographic, CT, MRI physics, nuclear medicine and ultrasound physcis, including

    review of artifacts, isotopes, radiobiology, and regulations such as MQSA. The lectures are taught by a combination of Ph.D.'s and clinical faculty with experience in these areas.

How is call distributed?

  • We use a night float system with different residents taking weekend day and weekend night call. The senior residents take some back up short call also. The residents take approximately 12 to 13 weeks of night call during their residency, with approximately 6-7 weeks during their second year, with the remainder spread between the 3rd and 4th years. The department is in compliance with the ACGME and institutional work hour rules, and these are regularly tracked by the department and the GME office at GW.

Are there funds for residents to attend meetings?

  • In general, the residents will have expenses covered for national meetings at which they present a paper or poster (with department chair approval). On average, the residents typically attend 2 national meetings during the course of their training, but may also attend other local or regional radiology meetings/courses. Being in D.C. also means that many national conferences are held locally or nearby, and residents can also attend these meetings. Many of our residents attend the ACR Annual meeting (which is held in DC every year).