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Residency Program at a Glance

a) Rotations {Appendix 2}

The first 27 periods consists of three 9-period blocks in each of the adult base hospitals (JGH, MGH or RVH), dedicated to basic rotations (chest, GI, bone, CT, US, angiography and neuroradiology). Two periods of body MRI are given at the PGY4 or PGY5 level and MRI experience is acquired during neuroradiology, ENT, Breast and MSK rotations. Four periods of pediatrics are completed at the MCH: a junior period during the PGY-3 year (latter half of year) and the remaining 3 periods are done during the PGY-4 year.

Electives: A maximum of 3 elective periods are allowed outside of the McGill network during your training. McGill policy for electives is as follows: Outside electives can only be taken after 2 years of training in the Program; the Faculty requires a minimum of 3 months notice for elective requests outside of the McGill network.  Electives, however, subject to approval by the program director and may be used for remedial purposes in rotations where residents are deemed to be deficient. Core rotations may not be taken outside of the McGill system.

No electives will be granted during “crunch”, i.e. periods 1, 2, 7, 11, 12 and 13.

Research – 3 elective periods can be used to complete a research project         

b) AIRP (formerly AFIP)

 The American Institute of Radiological Pathology (AIRP) in Silver Springs, Maryland offers several 4-week courses per year in radiologic-pathologic correlation.  This course is not mandatory but highly recommended as it is a remarkable learning experience. This will be considered as 1 period of elective time.

The course includes both live and videotaped lectures and case seminars presented by the AIRP Staff Radiologists, Pathologists and visiting lecturers.  The daily schedule runs from 7:50 a.m. until noon and lectures from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

No housing is provided, however, AIRP attendees can now get great hotel rates at various hotels in the area (  The course fee at the moment is $l, 500.00 U.S. and is paid by the Department of Radiology.

As a pre-requisite for attendance, residents must submit one radiology case accompanied by pathologic material.  Interested residents should contact Ms. Cathy Torchia with regard to available dates, with senior residents being given priority.  As positions are limited, an opportunity to attend this course should not be missed as the positions then become available to the more junior residents.   Attendance during summer months is not permitted.

c) Physics & Radiation Biology

A course in Physics and Radiation Biology is given by the Department of Medical Physics, coordinated by Dr. G. Hegyi. Since the ABR cancelled the Physics examination, the course is given as needed, as determined by the Program Director.

 Recommended Text Books:

1.         Christensen's Introduction to the Physics of Diagnostic Radiology.  Publisher:  Lea & Febiger.

2.         Introductory Physics of Nuclear Medicine, Chandra, Publisher: Lea & Febiger.

3.         Basic Radiation Biology.  Pizzarello, Publisher:  Lea & Febiger.

d) McGill Radiology Residency Research Program

The aim of research is the development of objectivity and critical appraisal in reviewing the literature.  The experience achieved through writing protocols, collection of data, and the final writing of the manuscript will give the resident better insight about the new information in the radiology literature. A research project is MANDATORY during the radiology residency.

 Research Requirements

1.     Completion of one approved project is required.

2.     All research proposals must be submitted to the Research Committee (RC) for approval one (1) year prior to presentation (ex; must be approved by research day of PGY 3).

3.      A yearly progress report on the status of each project is to be sent to the RC.

4.      The project must be completed and presented by Research Day of PGY 4 year

5.      The resident is required to submit the project as an abstract to a local or national/international meeting (ex: CAR, SCFR, RSNA, ISMRM, ARRS)

6.     Residents may be granted up to three months research elective pending approval by the RC and Program Director. Most commonly, residents are permitted ONE month of research time.  At the end of any period of research time the resident is required to present the results/work produced during that elective time.

7.     At the annual research day, an award will be given for the best resident project.

e) Research and Research Day

Research day is held annually in early Spring of each academic year and is coordinated by the Research Committee (see Appendix 3 for details). Attendance is mandatory.

f) Visiting Professors' Program

The Visiting Professors' Program is coordinated by McGill Department of Radiology.  Four to five renowned radiologists are invited to lecture to our residents and staff annually.  This program is usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Residents are relieved of their clinical responsibilities and are expected to attend all sessions.  McGill Residents may also attend the V.P Program organized by the University of Montreal, with the permission of the Program Director.

g) Call Schedule

Residents begin taking calls in period three of PGY-2 with supervision by a senior resident at home.  Beginning in period five of PGY-2 residents take solo call. Call will be equalized in all hospitals, so that despite uneven numbers of residents rotating to individual hospitals, residents at hospitals with reduced numbers will not be required to take call more frequently with the exception of the MCH, where more concentrated call is desirable during pediatric training. The schedule will be drawn up by all three hospital chief residents and the program chief resident.  Residents are required to remain in-house but may leave the department after 10:00 p.m. provided that there are no studies pending. On weekends, call begins at 8:00 AM and residents should be in-house at 8AM at the MGH and JGH; residents are not required to be in-house unless called before 10AM at the RVH.  Residents on call at the MCH should arrange with the staff on call when to meet in the morning to review X-rays.  

The MGH is scheduled based on a nightfloat system with residents at the MGH working in-house 12 hour shifts when on-call overnight and on weekends and separate resident working 3 hour late-shifts from 5-8PM on weekdays.  There is one resident who works a nightfloat shift from Sunday to Thursday of every week as part of the night float system.  After midnight, the MGH resident on call is the first call for the RVH and is responsible for organizing and reading CTs performed between midnight and 8AM.  The RVH resident on call must be available overnight and may be called in by the MGH resident on call to perform ultrasounds at the RVH or supervise and interpret CT studies with contrast.  Residents at the RVH, JGH and MCH must be available by phone or Bellboy until 8:00 AM when the call ends.

Post Call Policy

A resident who has worked continuously past 2 AM has the right to take a full post-call day off.

A resident who has been in house and leaves before midnight, and does not get called afterwards, must be at work the next day at 8 AM.

A resident who has worked past 12 AM but ends work before 2 AM, has the right to the next morning off only. Resident must be back at work the next day by 12 PM.

h) Vacation

Four weeks (20 working days) of vacation are permitted during the academic year July 1 to June 30.  There are “black out” periods during the month of July and near Christmas / New Years.  Periods 10 & 11 are reserved as study time for the senior residents. Residents are expected to cover all their call regardless of the number of vacation days requested.  If a resident is taking 2 or more weeks off, they are expected to pay back the call within 2 months.

Vacation policy for MCH and MNH


There is no longer any rotation which is protected from vacation except under special circumstances.  A minimum of 11 weeks attendance is required at the MCH for educational purposes so vacation is strongly discouraged.

For the MNH rotation, it is agreed that the resident exposure to the Neuroradiology expertise at that site should be maximized, but the resident contract is non-negotiable and the residents have a right to expect that it be enforced. The RPC agrees that the residents should avoid vacation while rotating for 1-month period, but we cannot refuse the request. Any resident who is absent for more than 25% of the rotation may not qualify for an evaluation (ITER) and receive an INCOMPLETE evaluation.

To facilitate planning for all residents' vacation leave, requests must be submitted by July 1 of each academic year.  Vacations are processed only after completion of the on-line leave request form.  Vacation be spread out during the course of the year,. PGY2, PGY3, and PGY4 residents must take their vacation before May 1, since PGY5 residents are usually away at this period preparing for examinations.