Five-Year Clinician-Scientist Radiology Residency Program (CSRRP)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please submit all application materials by October 15.


The Five-Year Clinician-Scientist pathway offers three spots per year and is designed to train the future generation of radiology clinician-scientists who push the limits of radiology and position themselves for a prestigious career in academic radiology. The program comprises one year dedicated to research (PGY-2) and four subsequent years of clinical radiology (see Four-Year Diagnostic Radiology Residency) during which six weeks of protected research time are incorporated each year. 
The program is supported in part by an NIH T32 training grant and allows residents to work with world-renowned investigators in all fields of imaging science to select a project that will best meet their research and career goals. Residents are provided with support and guidance as they engage in cutting-edge research that will ultimately shape the future of diagnostic imaging. Publication and participation in radiology conferences and society meetings are encouraged and funded fully by the department for presenting authors. There are no clinical obligations during the first year, and the salary is commensurate with that of the clinical PGY-2 position.

Departmental research facilities include:
– 3T MR unit under the directorship of Graham Bydder, renowned MR scientist, for basic and applied research 
-Keck Functional MRI Center, with four dedicated research magnets for both animal and human studies
-Radiology Imaging Laboratory (RIL), which houses the MEG program (under the direction of Dr. Roland Lee) and a 1.5T magnet
-Small Animal Imaging Resource at the Moores Cancer Center, which houses MRI, PET, planar scintigraphy, CT, ultrasound, and a time-domain optical rodent imaging system, as well as radiochemistry and radiolabeling
-Contrast media and molecular imaging laboratories

We are continually updating our magnets, scanners, angiography suites, and other clinical imaging facilities to remain at the forefront of imaging technology and research. 

Program Co-Directors

Claude B. Sirlin, M.D.
Diagnostc Radiology

Isabel Newton, M.D., Ph.D.
Interventonal Radiology

Program Administrator

Beverly Sastri, M.B.A
Dept. of Radiology


Our vision for our program:
• To become the best radiology research residency
training program in U.S.

Our vision for you:
• To prepare you as a radiology clinician-scientst
• Fundable as independent PI or co-investgator in
team science


• Train clinician-scientsts in radiology
• Cultvate their career development and growth
• Nurture a passion for academics


• Clinician scientsts needed to lead contnued progress of radiology
• Talent is not enough, supplemental training is required
Program Philosophy
• Bottom up
• Teamwork, camaraderie, support
Program Design
• Maximize research time, opportunities, success
• Clinical training
• Leadership experience
• Teamwork and empowerment
Mentorship is a key component
• 1 or 2 lab mentors, Career Devlopment Mentor
Translational research is emphasized
• Translational imaging research
• Knowledge of human biology -> develop & validate imaging technologies
• Observations in humans -> understand biological underpinnings
Many research options available:
Modalities: MRI, CT, US, PET, NM, optcs, MEG, MRI-PET (planned)
• Models: animals, humans
• Organ systems: neuro, cardiac, vascular, pulmonary, GI, GU, MSK
• Processes: cancer, aging, metabolic dz, infamm dz, degeneraton,…
• Research: targeted agents, instrumentaton, sofware, validaton, …
• Depts: Radiology, Cell/Molec Biol, Bioengineering, Physics,…
• Institutes: UCSD, Salk, Sanford-Burnham, Scripps, Novarts

Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must be in their fourth year of medical school or a graduate of an American or Canadian medical school. In addition, the applicant must either be eligible for licensure or hold a valid medical license in the State of California.

International Medical Graduates will be considered on an individual basis. UCSD accepts ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visas. Please note that H-1B visas are not available to trainees at our institution.

This residency program requires an ACGME-approved non-radiology clinical internship prior to beginning radiology training. The application process for internship is entirely separate from this radiology residency application process. Your internship does not need to be at UC San Diego Medical Center. Most of our residents complete a Preliminary Medicine, Surgery, or Transitional Year Internship.

Our Selection Committee will review all applications, including the Student Performance Evaluation Letters (Dean’s Letter) in early November. If selected, you will be contacted to schedule a personal interview.
Please do not anticipate any correspondence from our Selection Committee concerning interviews until the end of November. We receive over 650 applications each year and interview approximately 80 applicants annually.  All interviews are scheduled during the month of January.

We seek candidates with a strong educational background and well-rounded academic and personal experiences. Our primary goal is to train fundable academic radiologists with a research emphasis. At the same time, we offer broad and varied clinical training, as we believe superior clinical skills are necessary for success as a clinician-scientist.

Please contact us with questions about our residency and your application!



Dion Brown
Residency Program Coordinator
(619) 543-3534
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