Message from the Program Director
We would like to welcome you all to our Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Our department strives to provide excellent training for aspiring radiologists in a supportive and friendly environment. We are currently the only radiology residency in Puerto Rico and are proud to provide service to multiple major hospitals including the Administration of Medical Services (ASEM), the only trauma center in Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles, as well as the Pediatric University Hospital (HOPU) and the Cardiovascular Center for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (CCPRC).
Recent years have brought multiple challenges to our medical center including hurricanes, earthquakes and most recently a global pandemic yet our residents have remained resilient. The faculty of over 32 radiologists has remained committed toward academic excellence and actively work to provide the highest level of care possible. Currently our residents have rotations in at least 11 different clinical sites, both public and private, and we are always searching for new opportunities for improved training. We are quite optimistic about the upcoming renovations to one of our main radiology sites, ASEM, which will bring cutting edge technologies and present new opportunities for advancing clinical care and research.
Our radiology residency program has been fully accredited by the ACGME since 1972. With the dedication of our staff and residents we hope to continue and improve upon these achievements as well as to expand our scientific production and in this way elevate our department’s clinical, educational and investigative offerings.
Thank you to all the amazing people who go above and beyond to make our department what it is today.
Jose Maldonado-Vargas, MD
Director, Radiology Residency Program
Director, Diagnostic Radiology Section, UPR SOM
Program at a Glance
The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program of the UPR School of Medicine was established in 1960. The Program has graduated 255 radiologists, practicing in Puerto Rico and in the United States. Many of our graduates have excelled in academics and in the private practice.
Our residency program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We are the only Diagnostic Radiology residency program in Puerto Rico. The purpose of the residency training program is to provide a well- balanced education in Diagnostic Radiology and prepare qualified physicians for careers in this field, with the ultimate goal of certification by the American Board of Radiology. Our program consists of four years of training in Diagnostic Radiology, after completing one year of clinical experience (internship, transitional or preliminary year). We have a total of 16 resident positions, in four levels of training (4 residents per level). Residents receive training in diagnostic imaging, which encompasses nine areas of subspecialty: Abdominal Radiology, Cardiothoracic Radiology, Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Ultrasound, Breast Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric Radiology, and Interventional Radiology. Residents acquire competency in the different radiological modalities: conventional radiology, ultrasound, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, and fluoroscopy. Our residents develop the necessary skills for performance of minimally invasive procedures (Interventional Radiology).
Our parent and affiliated institutions offer a great diversity of pathology in patients of all ages, in all subspecialties of Diagnostic Radiology. Our residents have the opportunity of daily interactions with residents and faculty of other medical specialties, acting as consultants in the management of a great variety of patients.
Individual initiative is emphasized in teaching and learning activities. The educational program follows the guidelines of the ACGME, integrating the six competencies in the curriculum.