ACGME Approves New Radiology Residency Program

Published June 4, 2018

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ new medical residency in radiology.

“We are proud to be able to offer both medical students and residents exposure to a fundamentally critical specialty in medicine.”
Professor and chair of radiology

The new program has been approved to recruit 16 residents specializing in radiology over the next four years, beginning with the first four to be recruited in the National Resident Matching Program that next takes place in March 2019.

Medical Imaging Vital for Diagnosis, Treatment

“The re-establishment of UB’s radiology residency program is great news,” says Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education.

“Medical imaging is an important part of both the diagnosis and treatment of patients,” she adds. “The presence of residents will increase the scholarly and thoughtful reflection not only about the interpretation of medical imaging but also the evidence that supports the judicious use of these resources.”

The new program is the result of close collaboration between Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, the VA Western New York Healthcare System and UBMD Radiology. The participation of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is also under discussion.

Restoring Residency Was Key Goal of School

The Jacobs School voluntarily withdrew its radiology residency program from the national accreditation process in 2006, during a time when many hospital radiology departments in the region were undergoing reorganization and the medical school had a limited number of radiology faculty members.

Re-establishing the radiology residency program was a key goal in 2016 when Great Lakes Medical Imaging joined the Department of Radiology in the Jacobs School.

“Restoring the radiology residency was an essential goal for UB,” says Kenneth D. Pearsen, MD, professor and chair of radiology. “We are proud to be able to offer both medical students and residents exposure to a fundamentally critical specialty in medicine.”

Radiology Includes Nine Specialty Areas

Jonathan Marshall, DO, chief of service, radiology and imaging at Erie County Medical Center, is the program director; and Douglas S. Drumsta, MD, with Great Lakes Medical Imaging/UBMD Radiology, is the associate program director.

Core faculty completed fellowship training in the nine specialty areas of radiology, which include:

  • neuroradiology
  • musculoskeletal radiology
  • vascular and interventional radiology
  • cardiothoracic radiology
  • breast radiology
  • abdominal radiology
  • pediatric radiology
  • ultrasonography (including obstetrical and vascular ultrasound)
  • nuclear radiology (including positron emission tomography and nuclear cardiology)

Daniel R. Bednarek, PhD, professor of radiology and neurosurgery, and Stephen Rudin, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of radiology, continue to teach the physics curriculum in the radiology program.