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Nuclear Medicine residency

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Our nuclear medicine residency is a six-year combined program, offering Royal College accredited dual certification in general radiology and nuclear medicine. When you successfully complete the 6-year program, you will receive certification in both specialties.

You will be working as part of the team in the Nuclear Medicine section.

Your training overview

  • 1 basic clinical year
  • 1.5 years of general radiology
  • 1 year nuclear medicine
  • 1.5 years of general radiology leading to the Royal College general radiology certification examination
  • 1 final year of nuclear medicine leading to the Royal College nuclear medicine certification examination

PGY1 year:

  • you will be off-service for the first year of your residency with the exception of two months in radiology and nuclear medicine
  • there are 13 four-week rotations in a variety of rotations including cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, pediatrics, and emergency medicine

Ensuring exposure to all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine

  • adult clinical nuclear medicine - QEII Health Sciences Centre (VG and HI sites)
  • pediatric nuclear medicine - IWK Health Centre

Your training will include:

  • cardiac imaging
  • oncology imaging
  • bone scanning
  • lung scanning
  • renal scanning
  • endocrine imaging
  • infection and inflammation imaging
  • CNS imaging
  • biliary and other GI imaging
  • bone densitometry
  • non-imaging in vivo studies.
  • iodine-131 therapies for benign and malignant disease
  • yttrium radio synovectomies therapies
  • strontium therapies for bone metastases
  • iodine-131 MIBG therapies for neuroendocrine tumours
  • full PET imaging training in a PET CT suite with on-site cyclotron

We provide an organized two-year curriculum covering all pertinent topics in nuclear medicine, meeting the specialty training requirements. Residents participate in journal clubs, research rounds, interesting case rounds, and radiology academic half-days throughout the course of their residency.

Your faculty and trainers

  • seven nuclear medicine physicians in QEII and IWK sites
  • dedicated nuclear medicine radiochemist
  • nuclear medicine medical physicists
  • senior technologists

Sciences

Teaching in the basic sciences including a radiation safety orientation, nuclear medicine physics, instrumentation, radiation biology, computer science and radiopharmacy is taught by a variety of staff including the physicists, radiochemists and senior technologists in conjunction with the nuclear medicine physicians.

Our residency provides you with additional opportunities to learn and residents can gain more extensive experience by taking advantage of our supplementary opportunities. Residents may participate in a number of courses throughout their training including an online radiopharmacy course, PET mini courses and radioisotope therapy mini courses. Radiation biology is covered in the radiology half-day and residents attend the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology radiology pathology correlation course in Washington D.C.

See the admission requirements.