University of Calgary - Diagnostic Radiology - Calgary


Program Director

Dr. Morgan Willson


Program Administrator

Bonnie McCardle

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Specific Features

Training provided at the University of Calgary Residency Program in Diagnostic Radiology is at a high level. The preceptors in the Department of Radiology are dedicated instructors and are experts in their respective subspecialties. The catchment is both large and comprehensive and the imaging equipment is state-of-the-art. The overall educational experience is excellent for the training of qualified radiologists.

We are the only diagnostic radiology program in Canada to offer a Senior Resident Radiology Clinic in which a senior resident has the opportunity to gain confidence and independence in a community radiology clinic. This clinic will be an important component as we transition to competency based medical education.

The Visiting Professor program occurs 4-6 times per year to teach over two days and brings in world-renowned experts in radiology and authors of the classic and innovating textbooks fundamental to radiology. The Visiting Professor program allows our residents to access the best radiology teachers and educators in the world and it connects the residents with experts from major teaching centres, which has opened doors to highly competitive fellowships.

There are opportunities for training outside of Calgary, including a Pathology/Radiology (AIRP) course in Maryland, a pre-call preparation course in Ottawa and elective training in rural Alberta.

Research is a required and supported component of the program withmany qualified and prolific researchers in the department who serve as mentors and resources. There is an annual Department of Radiology Research Day where residents are invited to present their research.


We have some of the most advanced imaging equipment available including 3 clinical and 2 cardiac 3T MRI scanners, US, CEUS, CT, PET, CT SPECT and fluoroscopy. Digital image processing (PACS) is performed daily on dedicated workstationsthroughout the department.Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic body, vascular and neurointerventional imaging suites rounds out the complete spectrum of imaging infrastructure in Calgary.


Teaching and educational resources include a dedicated resident library with three workstations (PC and Mac) for research and manuscript preparation. Digital subscriptions to all major DI journals and comprehensive online resources, such as STATdx, are maintained. Many electronic textbooks and online resources are available through the University of Calgary library. For case conferences, teaching rounds and multidisciplinary rounds there is a dedicated DI lecture theatre outfitted with professional grade presentation equipment optimized for presentation of high resolution complex diagnostic radiology images and case presentations.

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The program encompasses all areas of imaging. Specifically the residency is designed in 4-week block rotations through PGY-2 to PGY-5. Rotations may span 1-4 blocks. A minimum of six blocks training in ultrasound, three blocks training in nuclear medicine (four blocks if planning to write the American Board of Radiology exams), six blocks in MRI, and four blocks in pediatric radiology are established. Interventional radiology, neuroradiology, mammography, chest, cardiac, computerized tomography, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, genitourinary and research blocks are part of the core program.

All PGY-2 residents are involved in one quality assurance (QA) project. A second research project leading to either a presentation at a recognized national or international meeting or a publication in a refereed journal is also mandatory during the residency. Four weeks are provided to conduct research during years 2 to 4. Funding is provided to residents to present papers at conferences.


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