Nuclear Medicine Residency

Training Program Director

Maria Rosana Ponisio, MD

Program Overview

The Division of Nuclear Medicine has an active nuclear medicine training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Depending on prior experience, the program accepts three to five trainees per year for a one-, two-, or three-year program.

Our curriculum prepares residents for certification in nuclear medicine by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM). An American Board of Radiology certified or board eligible diagnostic radiologist will be able to sit for the ABNM examination after completion of one year of nuclear medicine training. Individuals who have completed training in another specialty or who have completed radiology or nuclear medicine training in another country typically will be eligible for ABNM examination after two years of nuclear medicine training. Those without prior radiology experience will spend three years following a clinical internship completed before beginning nuclear medicine training.

The division has a large, well-staffed clinical service and trainees receive extensive clinical and didactic training, as well as opportunities for study and research. The primary research activities of the division of nuclear medicine center on PET, particularly cardiac, oncologic and neurological applications.

Core Competencies

Trainee competence is evaluated employing a number of tools, including a comprehensive ABNM In-Training Examination, evaluations completed by faculty and staff and procedure logs. The goal of these evaluations is to document trainee progress and assess educational outcomes in the following core competencies, as prescribed by the ACGME:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

How to Apply

Successful applicants for MIR’s nuclear medicine residency have completed training in radiology or another clinical specialty. Applicants without training in another specialty should have considerable research experience.

If you are interested in applying for July 2020, please send a CV and, if not trained in the U.S, your ECFMG certificate. A full application package will be sent to those who have the potential to be successful applicants.

Most candidates for residency positions are interviewed approximately 12 to 18 months before the start of residency training. To apply for the program, call 314.362.2809 or email Bre Vittitow to obtain an application.

Resident Benefits

Annual Stipends 2019-2020
PGY 1: $57,622
PGY 2: $59,915
PGY 3: $62,614
PGY 4: $65,433
PGY 5: $67,367
PGY 6: $70,396
PGY 7: $73,566

Health and Dental Benefits
BJH provides residents with health, dental and vision insurance plans that include eligible spouses and children. Optional term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance is available. More detailed information can be found on the BJC Total Rewards website.

Live Near Your Work Program
The Live Near Your Work program grew from a commitment to stabilize and revitalize the neighborhoods surrounding the Washington University Medical Campus. It is our goal to help lift the financial burden of buying a home for eligible employees by providing down payment and/or closing cost assistance. More information about this program is located here.

Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance is provided for claims arising from services performed while acting as a house staff officer. The program provides minimum limits of $1 million per occurrence/$3 million annual aggregate. Life and disability insurance is available for up to six times the PGY annual salary and may be extended to cover family members.

License Requirement
A Missouri state license to practice medicine (permanent or temporary) is essential before beginning training. Fees associated with a temporary Missouri license and appropriate narcotics permits are paid by the hospital. Any resident obtaining permanent medical licensure is responsible for fees incurred.

Lab Coats/iPhones
Four lab coats per year as well as hospital issued iPhones are provided at no cost.

Residents receive three weeks of vacation per academic year (July 1 through June 30).

Free parking is available in a gated parking garage approximately two blocks from the medical center. Shuttle services are provided.

For a full list of benefits and policies, please visit Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital Graduate Medical Education Consortium.