No. 1 nuclear medicine residency program in the country, ranked by Doximity and U.S. News and World Report.
The Johns Hopkins Nuclear Medicine Residency Training program is an ACGME-accredited program. It provides high quality training by faculty experts in the field, prepares residents for future clinical and academic practice and qualifies trainees to sit for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine certification exam.
The length of training required depends on the resident's prior training. A three-year program is required for incoming residents whose prior training includes one year of ACGME-approved residency training. Those who have completed another non-imaging residency (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics) can complete their nuclear medicine training in a two-year program. Those with prior training in an ACGME-approved radiology residency are required to take only a one-year program.
Many of our residents have completed a prior residency (e.g., in radiology, cardiology, neurosurgery, etc.) although some have had only one year of ACGME residency training. Many of our residents also have Ph.D.s and considerable research experience. After training, a number of our residents have gone into academia, while some go to private practice. In recent years, others have taken further advanced training, including PET/CT fellowships, T-32 NIH research grant positions or radiology residencies.
The program has a strong clinical and basic science teaching program in all areas of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine. Our faculty includes national and world experts in various subspecialty areas of nuclear medicine and has considerable experience in teaching and research. Johns Hopkins University is recognized as one of the most prestigious and well-known medical centers in the United States. We feel that our residency is one of the strongest nuclear medicine training programs in the nation.
During the summer months, residents attend an introductory lectures series covering relevant principles of nuclear physics and instrumentation, radiochemistry and radiopharmacology and the rationale and technical details of current diagnostic procedures. This course is intended to both prepare the junior resident for clinical responsibilities and refresh and increase the knowledge of senior residents. During the remainder of the academic year, didactic lectures are given by faculty members approximately three times per week.
Residents are actively involved in daily clinical conferences within the nuclear medicine division, attended by residents, fellows, faculty and researchers. These conferences include:
- Clinical Case Follow-up Conference
- PET/CT Case Conference
- Pediatric Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Conference
- Quality Assessment Conference
- Protocol Review
- Journal Club
Residents are free of clinical responsibilities during education hours, usually from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
Residents have the opportunity to attend a multitude of multidisciplinary tumor boards held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, translational research conferences and departmental grand rounds.
Residents usually alternate on one-week rotations to gain experience in the various disciplines of nuclear medicine. Rotations include: Inpatient Nuclear Medicine, Outpatient Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Nuclear Cardiology, Pediatric Nuclear Medicine, Therapy (radioiodine and parenteral administration), CT and radiopharmacy.
A central goal of clinical training in the nuclear medicine program is to enable the resident to take full responsibility for diagnostic and therapeutic studies performed on his/her service. This involves:
- Assessing the clinical problem to be answered (chart review, personal history and even physical examination)
- Evaluating the potential role of radionuclide procedures on the diagnostic process and ensuring that the patient receives the correct study
- Assessing the technical quality of images and attempting to answer the clinical question as completely as possible before discharging the patient from the Nuclear Medicine Division
- Interpreting the study with the supervision of the faculty
For the first several months, junior residents in the clinic work in tandem with a senior resident and a faculty member under progressively diminishing direct supervision. However, attending faculty members are responsible for supervision based on the experience of the resident and are always available for consultation, questions and discussions. The experienced resident participates in the training of less-experienced residents as well as of medical students and nuclear medicine technologists, discusses results with referring clinicians and has the opportunity to present interesting/challenging cases to colleagues and faculty at clinical conferences.
The radiopharmacy rotation provides an opportunity to experience the synthesis and quality-control procedures of many of the clinically used radiopharmaceuticals that residents will encounter. Additionally, a quality-control rotation provides experience in the duties of the nuclear medicine technologist, offering the opportunity to learn about radiotracer administration, image acquisition/processing, image quality control and in vitro procedures.
During training, residents are exposed to the type of research that is being conducted by senior faculty, other trainees, graduate students and other members of the Johns Hopkins community in various specialties. Trainees are encouraged to pursue any relevant line of research that excites their interest, and opportunities for collaboration both within and outside the department are vast.
The trainee's research is guided by frequent consultation with members of the faculty, especially with a faculty mentor in his/her area of interest. In addition, the trainee may present seminars at regular intervals, at which time the entire faculty reviews his/her progress. Residents have the opportunity to present their work at national meetings, such as the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and Radiological Society of North America.
How to Apply
The Nuclear Medicine Residency Training program welcomes trainees of any race, color, gender, religion, age, national or ethnic origin or with disabilities. For acceptance into the residency, candidates should have successfully completed one year of an ACGME-accredited residency.
Applications should include:
- Completed application form
- Picture (appreciated but not required)
- Personal statement
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE transcript
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
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In 2004, the program increased the number of residency positions from two to six, and in 2007, from six to nine. With few exceptions, all of the residency positions have been filled. The program has always had a high faculty-to-resident ratio. Harvey Ziessman, M.D., author of Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites, was the residency program director from 2006 to 2015. Before joining the Hopkins faculty, he was the residency program director from 1991 to 2003 at Georgetown University.
From 2015-2017, Lilja Solnes, M.D., M.B.A. has directed the Nuclear Medicine residency program. From, 2018- 2020 , A. Cahid Civelek, M.D. has directed the Nuclear Medicine residency program. In 2020, Dr. Reema Goel took over as program director.
The Johns Hopkins University Nuclear Medicine Residency has been ACGME accredited since 1974. Henry Wagner Jr., M.D., likely the most well-known nuclear medicine physician in the world, was the division director for almost 30 years. Richard Wahl, M.D., a distinguished teacher, researcher and clinician, served as the division director from 2001 to 2015. The current division director, Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally renowned leader in Molecular Imaging.