Transition to Radiology Residency

Transition to Radiology Residency

New guide looks to help first year radiology residents adapt to the specialty

Over the course of the past few months, the CAR Resident Section has been working on a document that will help first year radiology residents adapt to their new role as on-service residents in the radiology department. We are thrilled to announce that the Transition to Radiology Residency document is now complete.

Although many programs produce their own guides to radiology residency, members of the RS felt that it would be useful to have a guide that brings together experiences from all programs and that could be used by residents across Canada. This guide encompasses general information and answers the most commonly-asked questions from first year residents. It covers:

  • Common on-call pathologies
  • Introduction to radiology dictations, plus recommended reading and helpful tips
  • Practical approach to taking cases during rounds
  • Learning to protocol studies
  • Contrast media – adverse reactions, premedication, management of acute reactions, and contrast-induced nephropathy
  • Radiation safety – background and definitions, effects of radiation exposure, and radiation risk associated with common imaging examinations
  • Resources
  • On-call telephone/organizational template

I’d like to thank all those involved in the production of this document, most notably Lindsay Cherpak, Alicia Cheong, Craig Ferguson, Laura Fitzpatrick, and Anthony Vo. I’d also like to thank the members of the CAR Board and program directors from across the country for their input and support. We are very proud of this document and believe that it will be an invaluable resource to new PGY2s across the country.

The RS will be updating the document on an annual basis to ensure the information remains accurate and relevant. Should you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact me at

Alex Botsford
Chair, CAR Resident Section


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