Mission & Overview

Physician in front of imaging machine


The mission of the Department of Radiology is to achieve excellence in patient care, education, and clinical research. While we are focused on each of these goals, educating future generations of physicians is especially gratifying and meaningful for us at GW.

More than any other medical specialty, the rate of technology change in imaging and intervention has underscored the need for radiologists to be curious throughout their professional careers. The GW program is proud of turning out graduates who are well prepared to take the American Board of Radiology examination, are excellent and experienced clinicians, and excel in community-based or academic practice.


  • Gastrointestinal Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular/Interventional Radiology
  • Genitourinary Radiology
  • Chest Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Computed Tomography
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance imaging
  • Breast Imaging

In addition, the training program includes instruction in Radiation Physics, Radiation Protection, Radiation Biology, and Radiologic Pathology (at GW and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology). With expert faculty instruction in each subspecialty, the program is based on systematic learning and progressively increasing responsibility, governed by individual resident progress and acquisition of diagnostic skills.

Training Mechanisms

There are many mechanisms employed for training, including individualized instruction at the work station, intra- and inter-departmental conferences, consultant clinical conferences, visiting professor lectures and case-based conferences, and meetings at the D.C. Metropolitan Radiological Society and other local and national scientific organizations. The departmental library, cases on our extensive PACS system, and teaching film files are made available for resident self-learning and self-evaluation. Residents are required to participate in quality improvement activities and encouraged to perform research leading to publication of scientific papers.