5 Top Radiology Programs in the US


Radiology information systems So you like X-rays, MRIs, and radiology information systems. And you’re wondering where you should go for that radiology residency.

We may be able to help.

With a frank admission that the “ranking” process is inherently subjective, we’ve drawn up a list of five medical schools that offer outstanding radiology training. Our selection was based on various rankings from the popular press (like U.S. News) and professional organizations and on numbers such as acceptance rates and publications. We also tried to highlight schools from around the U.S.

The good news: it wasn’t easy to limit ourselves to five schools. In other words, there’s a lot of good radiology education out there. With over 100 radiology residency programs to choose from, an aspiring M.D. with hopes for a radiology career should be able to get a top-notch medical imaging education without having to travel too far from home.

With that in mind, here are 5 top radiology programs in no particular order:

  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Located in downtown Seattle, this program accepts only 35 percent of its applicants, most of whom go on to sub-specialize mammography, pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, cardiopulmonary imaging or nuclear medicine.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Right on the banks of the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota has long been recognized as having a top-tier medical school. In its own words, “Patient care is the cornerstone of the program. Resident education and medical research in radiology can only succeed in an environment where the best patient care comes first.”
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. With a new $1 billion clinical building scheduled to open in the spring of this year – which includes new diagnostic and interventional radiology facilities – Johns Hopkins secures its place as a leading source of medical imaging research.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. “The Department of Radiology is dedicated to training top-notch clinical radiologists who will practice in a variety of academic and private settings,” says the Hospital’s website. It accepts only nine or ten residents each year.
  • Washington University Mallinckrodt Institute, St. Louis, Missouri. Residents are part of a #2-ranked medical school and practice at #7-ranked Barnes Jewish Hospital, and the Mallinckrodt Institute has one of the finest radiology facilities in the country.

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3 Responses to “5 Top Radiology Programs in the US”

  1. Wilhelm Roentgen says:

    As someone currently going through the radiology residency interview process…

    1. Most programs get hundreds of applications for <100 interviews for single digit spots. No way UW accepts "35% of applicants."
    4. 9-10 residents is actually considered a large residency program. Most radiology residency programs take 5-6 residents a year.

    It would be nice to know why you picked these 5 programs in particular.

  2. Rosales says:

    I am not quite at the interview process yet. I’m still considering which program to apply for, requirements, etc.
    Do you have any advice? I was able to get a tour of the radiology department at one of my local hospitals but would really appreciate some tips from industry experts outside of the hospital.

  3. ki-baek lee says:

    Hello. My name is ki-baek lee.
    Excuse me, May i ask some questions to you?
    I’ve currently worked in CT unit as a diagnostic radiologic technician at Asan Medical Center which is the biggest hospital in Korea.
    These days, I and our team search for some overseas education programs which focus on the radiologic technicians. Education programs which we want are simple. we would like to experience state-of-the-art diagnostic machines, techniques and principles that include physics in the US hospital about CT, MRI, General radiography, Fluoroscopic radiography, Ultrasound and Interventional radiography. we hope that the period of a education program are about 4 weeks in summer or autumn

    1. A program that contains all diagnostic radiology parts such as CT, MRI, General radiography, Fluoroscopic radiography, Ultrasound and Interventional radiography for 4 weeks.

    2. A program that contains each diagnostic radiology part for 4 weeks.

    we want 1 and 2 both and just like benchmarking.

    If do you have any programs, please answer questions and make me know Entry fee and qualification to apply.
    I hope, I’ll recieve your reply.

    Thank you.

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