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Nuclear Medicine Residency at NSLIJHS

The principal goals and objectives of the NSLIJHS Nuclear Medicine Residency Program are to provide an optimal state-of-the-art environment in which residents learn nuclear medicine under the tutelage of highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to teaching image interpretation, radionuclide therapy, clinical problem solving, and research. There are five residents in the program, making it one of the largest programs of its kind in the country. Acceptance into the three-year ACGME approved program is on a rolling basis. Successful completion of one year of ACGME or AOA approved preparatory training is a prerequisite for entry. On completion of the residency, graduates are eligible to sit for the certifying examination of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. In addition to an exceptionally broad clinical experience, our training program offers a comprehensive didactic program, including basic science lectures and laboratories, clinical lectures by staff and invited experts, journal clubs and Grand Rounds, as well as extensive research opportunities. Program highlights include:


Basic Sciences:

The study of the basic sciences that are the foundation of clinical nuclear medicine is an integral part of the training program, for it is only through mastery of these tenets that the resident can successfully practice the specialty. Basic science instruction consists of both formal didactic lectures and laboratory experiments given by experts in their respective fields. Topics covered include physical science, nuclear medicine instrumentation, radiobiology and radiation protection, mathematics, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, computer science, and diagnosticradiology physics including CT, MR and ultrasound, as molecular imaging.


Clinical Nuclear Medicine:

The program provides graded teaching, experience and responsibility in all aspects of clinical nuclear medicine and residents assume increasing responsibility based on ability and experience. The division has state of the art equipment, including PET, PET/CT and SPECT/CT. Extensive exposure to, and instruction in, these fusion modalities is supplemented by three months of formal training in morphologic imaging and weekly didactic lectures on cross sectional imaging in the Department of Radiology. North Shore University Hospital is one of the few institutions to have a cyclotron on site and residents are exposed not only to clinical FDG-PET, but also to other cyclotron-produced positron emitting tracers and their (potential) indications.  Resident education in nuclear cardiology includes, in addition to training in the conventional single photon emitters, experience in cardiac PET, using both 18F-FDG and 13N-ammonia.  Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York is part of the NSLIJHS and residents receive extensive experience in a vast array of pediatric radionuclide studies. In addition to learning how to perform and interpret these tests, residents learn how to interact with the pediatric patient and their family. Several hundred nuclear medicine therapies for benign and malignant thyroid disease, as well as numerous therapies for non-thyroidal diseases are performed annually. Residents are intimately involved in all aspects of these therapies, including actively managing patients admitted for therapy.


Research:

The NSLIJHS Division of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging is actively engaged in clinical and basic science investigations, with numerous scientific and invited publications and presentations annually. Opportunities for resident participation abound. All residents take part in ongoing investigations during their training, including a formal two-month research rotation. Research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and may be either clinical or basic science. Each resident must submit, as either author or coauthor, at least one abstract to regional and national meetings in order to successfully complete this part of the program.

In addition to numerous textbooks, the division subscribes to all the major imaging journals and these resources are available for resident use. Residents are provided with several Nuclear Medicine textbooks as well as membership in the Society of Nuclear Medicine for the duration of their training. Senior residents have the opportunity to attend one regional and one national Nuclear Medicine meeting.


 

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