Residency Overview

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program provides a four-year academically and clinically oriented residency training program in diagnostic radiology beginning at the PGY II year. The program is under the direction of Thomas J. Learch, MD, and is fully accredited by the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Radiology subspecialty training is provided to prepare the resident to become eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology. The radiology resident is the liaison with the house staff. Reviewing of studies with house staff and discussions of further imaging procedures provide a basis of experience for future interactions with clinicians. The training program features:

  • Extensive one-on-one teaching
  • Thirteen rotations of 4 weeks duration each
  • Additional select rotations at hospitals serving different patient populations, including Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for pediatric radiology and the University of California, Los Angeles for chest radiology. 
  • Fourth-year residents are provided with elective time to develop a subspecialized area of interest and to assume greater responsibility in that area. 
  • Extensive research opportunities
  • Sponsorship to attend annual meetings, if research accepted for presentation (RSNA, SIR, SNM, ASNR, AUR and ARRS)
  • Participation in the 4-week Radiologic Pathology course sponsored by the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology

Yearly Breakdown



The Department of Diagnostic Imaging conducts an active program of interdepartmental and departmental conferences and seminars, including:

  • Daily subspecialty conferences 
  • Monthly radiology pathology and neuroradiology conferences
  • A biweekly, five-hour lecture series is given at UCLA
  • Additional conferences including basic science courses
  • Biweekly physics lectures
  • Weekly Brant and Helms conferences 
  • Monthly journal club
  • Board review sessions
  • Introductory Call lecture series during July, August and September to develop the clinical foundation and imaging skills required in emergencies and in-house calls. 

The department owns the entire American College of Radiology (ACR) learning files, an extensive selection of audiovisual materials, essential journals, textbooks and other educational materials.

Practice and Fellowship Opportunities

All graduates elect to pursue fellowships. Thanks to superior preparation, most have been successful in securing fellowships in the subspecialty and institution of their choice. Most of these physicians go into private practice, and about 20% develop successful careers in academics throughout the United States.

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