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.
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
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
American Institute of Radiological
Pathology (AIRP) in Silver Springs, Maryland
offers several 4-week courses per
year in radiologic-pathologic
This course is not mandatory
but highly recommended as it is a
remarkable learning experience. This
will be considered as 1 period of
The course includes both live and
videotaped lectures and case
seminars presented by the AIRP Staff
Radiologists, Pathologists and
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
The course fee at the moment
is $l, 500.00 U.S. and is paid
by the Department of Radiology.
pre-requisite for attendance,
residents must submit one radiology
case accompanied by pathologic
Interested residents should
contact Ms. Cathy Torchia with
regard to available dates, with
senior residents being given
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.
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:
Christensen's Introduction to
the Physics of Diagnostic Radiology.
Lea & Febiger.
Introductory Physics of
Nuclear Medicine, Chandra,
Publisher: Lea & Febiger.
Basic Radiation Biology.
Lea & Febiger.
McGill Radiology Residency Research
The aim of research is the
development of objectivity and
critical appraisal in reviewing the
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
Completion of one approved
project is required.
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
yearly progress report on the status
of each project is to be sent to the
The project must be completed and
presented by Research Day of PGY 4
resident is required to submit the
project as an abstract to a local or
national/international meeting (ex:
CAR, SCFR, RSNA, ISMRM, ARRS)
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
At the end of any period of
research time the resident is
required to present the results/work
produced during that elective time.
At the annual research day,
an award will be given for the best
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.
Visiting Professors' Program is
coordinated by McGill Department of
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
with the permission of the Program
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
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.
Four weeks (20
working days) of vacation are
permitted during the academic year
July 1 to June 30.
are “black out” periods during the
month of July and near Christmas /
10 & 11 are reserved as study time
for the senior residents.
expected to cover all their call
regardless of the number of vacation
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
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
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.