Medical School's Residency Program Rated No. 1 in American Board of Radiology's Latest Rankings

Medical School's Residency Program Rated No. 1 in American Board of Radiology's Latest Rankings

Feb 12, 2004 5:00 PM

Medical school graduates who aspire to careers in radiology cannot find a better training program in North America than the one at the University of Utah School of Medicine, according to the American Board of Radiology.

In its latest rankings, the radiology board has once again rated the U's diagnostic radiology residency curriculum No. 1 out of 191 programs from 1999 through 2003. During that five-year period, 100 percent of the U's radiology residents passed their oral examinations on the first try. Under the mentorship of residency director Kevin R. Moore, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, this is the third consecutive year the U of U residency has ranked first among all programs in the United States and Canada.

The lofty stature of the U's four-year program is borne out by the competition for a place in it: 319 people applied for only five slots in the latest class, said E. A. "Steve" Stevens, M.D., professor and Department of Radiology chair. He attributed the U's top ranking to both attracting "the very brightest" students and a faculty whose top priority is teaching. Stevens credited David A. Bragg, M.D., former chair and professor emeritus of radiology, for establishing an environment in which education is paramount.

"We have extremely dedicated faculty and residents," Stevens said. "This is a very positive learning environment."

The U's radiology faculty includes 23 physicians and seven people with doctorates in basic science disciplines. The radiology department also offers teachers, students, and patients some of the most sophisticated imaging equipment available today.

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