Residency Program

How to Apply

Close-up of student in classroom Residents in the Department of Radiology are educated to be proficient in all aspects of radiology, including angiography and interventional radiology, neuroradiology, gastrointestinal radiology, genitourinary radiology, CT, nuclear medicine, pediatric radiology, breast imaging, ultrasound, thoracic radiology, cardiovascular radiology (CT/MRI), musculoskeletal radiology, and MRI. We also prepare residents for full-time academic or private careers in diagnostic radiology.

The radiology residency program provides thorough and intense training in all aspects of radiology. Successful completion of the training program qualifies graduates to sit for the American Board of Radiology’s specialty examination in radiology.

To apply for the radiology residency program at VCU Medical Center, the following requirements must be met and application materials submitted by October. 15 of the year prior to the match.

All materials and other supporting material must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service.  This includes your application and all materials listed below.

  1. Completed application
  2. Letter from the dean of your medical school.
  3. Transcripts of medical school grades
  4. Three letters of recommendation from physicians who can evaluate your performance.  IMG’s must have letters of recommendation which clearly document US or Canadian clinical experience
  5. USMLE step I and II scores
  6. Personal statement
  7. A recent photo
  8. Curriculum vitae (optional)
  9. IMGs must either be enrolled in or have completed an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada internship year
  10. J1 visa is the only accepted visa and must be in place at the time of application
  11. ECFMG certificate must be in place at the time of application

eligibility requirements


All applicants must have passed Step 1 of the USMLE prior October 15 of the application year for consideration of their application.

Visa and ECFMG Requirements

Only J-1 visas are accepted at VCUHS.  All applicants must have sufficient written and spoken English language skills in order to deliver safe and effective patient care.

ECFMG certification is required as part of the application process and must be in place by November 1 of the application year.

Minimum of 3 Months Patient Care in US/Canada
Non-clinical graduate work in the US or Canada does not meet the requirement.  All applicants must have a minimum of three months of US or Canadian direct patient care activity.  For US and Canadian medical students, their clinical rotations during medical or dental school will meet this requirement.

Externships Meet Requirement

Externships of direct patient care will meet the requirement of three months of patient care, however observerships and research fellowships do not qualify.  Please note that observerships and externships are not available in the Department of Radiology at VCUHS.


Once your application file is complete – you may be contacted to schedule a personal interview with our resident selection committee. Residents are selected on the basis of transcripts, USMLE scores, recommendations and the results of personal interviews.

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