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Nuclear Medicine Residency

Overview of the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

The nuclear medicine residency at Loyola is a fully accredited program of the American Medical Association and leads to eligibility for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine examination. The Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Veterans Administration Hospital jointly sponsor the program. The maximum number of residency positions is five.

Graduates of the three-year nuclear medicine residency program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM).

Prior Qualifications: In conformance with rules of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education ( and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine ( the applicant must have completed one preliminary year of residency (PGY-1) in an accredited program in the United States or Canada.

Step III: Unless completed already, Step III should be taken by May of their first year. You may not promote to PGY3 if you do not pass Step III by June.

Faculty: Four Board Certified nuclear medicine physicians and two basic scientists are assigned to the teaching program.

Case Load: The combined Hines/Loyola procedure volumes are approximately 28,000 per year. Residents participate in all clinical cases through an "Officer-of-the Day" program.

Didactic Sessions: There are 3-5 scheduled didactic sessions per week and one journal club per month. One-on-one discussions with faculty are encouraged.

Research: There are ongoing research opportunities in nuclear medicine. Residents may join as co-investigators or submit projects of their own design for review.

Call: Residents take first call beginning approximately two months after entering the program. Attending physician backup for residents is always available through a second-call schedule.

Rotations: Residents rotate through Nuclear Medicine at the Edward Hines VA Hospital and rotate through CT, MRI, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Neuroradiology & Nuclear Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center.

Second-year residents (PGY3) attend a radiation emergency medicine course (REAC/ts) in Oak Ridge, TN.

Applications: The nuclear medicine program does participate in the national residency-matching program (NMRP). Applications are excepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in August, and the program receives access in September. Interested applicants should apply to Nuclear Medicine at the beginning of their preliminary year. The application should include the electronic application form, personal statement, three current letters of recommendation, current program director's letter of recommendation,  medical school transcripts, Dean's letter, USMLE scores and a photograph. Application material should be complete by December. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews begin in November.

The current LUMC policy allows for non-traditional trainees (someone who is transferring from a residency program or a lapse from clinical training for 1 year) to apply. However, these applicants would need to be reviewed and approved by our GME Department.

Loyola adheres to all non-discrimination rules with regard to residency acceptance.

Contacts for the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

Program Coordinator
Nuclear Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153