Memorial University of Newfoundland - Diagnostic Radiology - St. John's


Program Director

Dr. Lisa Smyth


Academic Program Administrator

Jennifer Collins

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Faculty of Medicine — Discipline of Radiology

Our residents have abundant access to the clinical teaching load and receive early hands-on experience to radiologic procedures. The average patient load depends on rotation.

There is a wide variety of pathology, with absolutely no shortage of cases. There are two mandatory out of town rotations. The first rotation is a 4 week course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) located in Silver Springs, Maryland, USA, during the PGY 4 year. There is some funding allocated to this course.

The second out of town rotation is a rural radiology rotation which takes place at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, NL, and again takes place during the residents' PGY 4 year. Travel expenses for this rotation are reimbursed to the resident. There is also the possibility that a PGY 1 rotation in Obstetrics may occur in Grand Falls Windsor, Newfoundland. Rotations may be available in New Brunswick throughout the program. Such requests will have to be approved by the program, as with any rotation.

There is ample resident evaluation. This allows multiple opportunities for the resident to gauge their learning and concentrate on areas to improve. This includes daily card submission contributing to monthly rotation evaluations by staff. There are monthly end rotation examinations for most rotations, and some rotations also have practice exam questions. There are annual ACR examination; biannual Oral/OSCEs; (delivered in a Royal College style format). PGY 5 residents are given individual mock oral exams to help prepare for the Royal College exams.

Memorial Radiology is proud to incorporate simulation learning into the teaching curriculum. Currently, we have a variety of in-situ learning as well as simulation labs that are held in the state of the art Clinical Learning and Simulation Center in Memorial's Medical School. These Diagnostic SIMagingTM labs cover a variety of topics from procedural skills, interpretation skills, communication skills as well as the management of uncommon but potentially life-threatening events one may encounter in the radiology department.

Our residents experience early hands-on radiology with close one-on-one supervision. Our former residents are now practicing in every region of the country. Our program is a relatively small one allowing for a friendly atmosphere among faculty, staff and residents. It is also a very strong program with a good balance of academic pursuits and social activities. We believe we offer an excellent residency training program in diagnostic radiology.

There is also the possibility that a PGY 1 rotation in Obstetrics may occur in Grand Falls, Windsor, Newfoundland or Clarenville, Newfoundland.

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Specific questions can be brought forward via email or telephone to either of the contact information provided.