About our Program

 A Concise History of our Department
Why Train at the University of Florida?
Imaging Technology
Life Outside the Reading Room
Living in Gainesville
Family Considerations
Application Instructions

 

A Concise History of our Department

The University of Florida Radiology Department was founded in 1964 under the leadership of our first chairperson, John Reaves. Since its inception, imaging and information technology has changed in ways that were unthinkable to our department’s founding members. As a pioneer of PACS technology, our department was an early adopter of digital image utilization and we went completely film-less in the late 1990s. We transitioned from transcriptionists to voice recognition in the late 1990s and now utilize Powerscribe 360 throughout all of our reading rooms. In 2013, we integrated our PACS system, Powerscribe voice recognition and Radiant RIS with the newly implemented Epic electronic medical record system. We recently transitioned to the Visage PACS system and have been impressed by its speed and functionality. These integrated systems are used throughout all of the inpatient and outpatient care facilities of the UF Health system. Though our technology and size have changed over the years, our goals remain unchanged – provide excellent resident education while delivering outstanding patient care.

Since the inception of our department, our ranks have continued to grow. We currently have 50 faculty members and 46 residents. Currently, we aim to include 11 residents in each class. 2016-2017 Resident Collage

 

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Why Train at the University of Florida?

Over the four years of training in our department, we want every one of our residents to experience the broad range of pathologies encountered at this large tertiary care center with an active Level 1 trauma surgery service and organ transplant program. We want you to see it all! In addition to using the latest in CT and MRI technology and techniques, our residents receive training in virtual colonoscopy, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, cardiac PET, MR enterography as well as PET/CT utilizing state of the art radiotracers.

Recent graduates have completed their training with case volumes that far outnumber the targets recommended by the residency review committee (RRC).

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In addition to the “on the job” learning that occurs during face-to-face read out sessions with attending physicians, we provide a rigorous curriculum of didactic lectures covering essential imaging topics. This broad fund of knowledge is then reinforced daily with case based subspecialty conferences given by UF faculty members as well as visiting lecturers. Also, we offer a dedicated Physics curriculum designed by our own Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physics faculty to prepare our residents for the Radiology Core Examination – and the challenges they will face later in practice.

During the late second or early third year of training, each of our residents spend 4 weeks at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology near Washington DC in order to learn from some of the most highly regarded radiologists in the world.

We offer unique resources to help our residents during their development as imaging specialists. Each resident receives an iPad which can be used to access our electronic radiology reference library which contains essential texts from each sub-specialty. Additionally, these iPads are used during our daily lectures and allow for real-time participation for the entire audience during case conferences. We also incorporate traditional case based conferences where individual residents take cases and discuss their analysis of the findings.

Please click on the link below to hear our Chairman, Dr Anthony Mancuso, discuss our Department’s unique educational initiatives, our Departments educational philosophy and the impact they will have on the training of our current and future residents. UF Radiology Educational Initiative

Furthermore, our department maintains a department-wide license for the online imaging resource, StatDX, which can be accessed at any time by faculty or residents.

Imaging Technology

Through our departmental collaboration with Toshiba, we are able to implement the latest and greatest in imaging technology including the:

We also use CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, PET/CT, ultrasound and radiography equipment from other vendors offering residents exposure to a wide range of image acquisition systems.

Life Outside the Reading Room

Gainesville is a mid sized city with a population of approximately 150,000 people including approximately 50,000 students of the University of Florida. Residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living making it an easy place to live during training. Cost of Living (use the calculator at the bottom of the page on the link to compare the cost of living with other cities you may be considering)

Given our international draw as the home of a major university, we have a host of local restaurateurs who are passionate about offering a wide variety of cuisine – top notch sushi, amazing Sunday brunches, lots of independent restaurants, locally sourced offerings, fresh seafood, fancy burgers, etc.

Check out this concise YouTube clip showcasing some of the various facets of life in Gainesville: This is Gainesville

Some of our residents get together regularly for informal dinners at various restaurants around town. Good Eats

Dinners

As a department, we get together as a department at least twice a year. But members of the department often informally put together outings on their own.

Outings

We are blessed with fantastic weather nearly year round which affords a lot of opportunities to enjoy life outdoors. Locally, we have an abundance of paved and unpaved trails for running and biking. Gainesville has been recognized as one of America’s most bike-friendly cities. Biking

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Several full/half marathons and cycling events are also hosted here each year. Five Points of Life

We are also uniquely situated between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and each offer different experiences depending on your particular interests.

For offshore fishing, surfing, kitesurfing, etc, most residents head east to the Atlantic beaches.

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For inshore fishing, kayaking and quiet calm beaches, most residents head west to the Gulf coast.

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In addition to hosting several major art festivals during the year which draws artists from across the country, Gainesville is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Harn Museum of Art and the Phillips Performing Arts Center. City of Gainesville Cultural Affairs; Alachua County Arts & Culture

North Florida contains the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world attracting visitors from around the globe who are interested in the unique ecosystems and diving experiences that can only be found here. Florida Springs

There are several farmers’ markets hosted on various day of the week in different locations in town. Also, the nearby local food growers offer numerous opportunities to pick your own fruit and vegetables fresh from the farm. Pick Your Own

For those seeking to experience a theme park, Orlando and all of its attractions are about an hour and a half drive away.

As home to the University of Florida and the epicenter of the Gator Nation, there is no shortage of fantastic collegiate athletic events to enjoy throughout the year. Gainesville Sports

Those with a flare for adventure may enjoy our annual drag racing event, the Gatornationals, or our own local roller derby team, the Gainesville Roller Rebels.

Where to Live in Gainesville?

No matter what your preferences are, there is a part of town for you. As noted above, Gainesville’s relatively low cost of living offers a wide range of housing types and locations and we have an even mix of residents who choose to rent or buy during their experience here at UF.

For those seeking an urban feel, Downtown and Midtown Gainesville offer the convenience of nearby restaurants, nightlife, free Friday concerts, art festivals, weekly farmers’ market, etc. all within walking distance of your abode. And it is only a 10 minute bike ride from UF Health or you can ride the RTS bus system for FREE with your Gator-1 ID. Downtown Gainesville

  • For a street level view of the downtown area, use Google Maps/Earth and type in “hippodrome theatre” into the search window. Drag the orange person icon just above the Hippodrome Theatre and then continue north on SE 1st St.

 

There are two historic districts – the Duck Pond neighborhood located north east of downtown and the Bed and Breakfast neighborhood located south east of downtown.
For those seeking a more suburban experience, there are many different parts of town from which to choose (too many to adequately list and describe here – feel free to contact us via email to inquire further.)

Some choose to live in a more rustic setting and there are also many smaller towns nearby from which to choose.

Family Considerations

For those with children, Gainesville has many excellent schools to choose from: Great Schools

Application Instructions

To apply to our program, please access the following link and complete the necessary steps. Application Instructions