Diagnostic Radiology Residency

The Department of Radiology at MMC has a long tradition of excellence in residency training. Our program is resident-oriented, with a strong clinical orientation. Our residents are exposed to a great number and variety of cases. Learning on the clinical rotations is augmented with two teaching conferences for radiology residents per day. Residents also attend a wide variety of multidisciplinary conferences and are encouraged to engage in teaching their peers, medical students, non-radiology residents and non-physicians.

Due to their diligence and hard work and to the excellent case material and didactic lectures our residents perform extremely well on the core exam exceeding RRC expectations. They also obtain top notch fellowship positions and jobs.

Our Radiology faculty consists of 35 fellowship-trained radiologists representing all of the Radiology subspecialties. We also have three full time physicists on staff including a PhD physicist who is responsible for resident physics education. Residents are closely supervised by attending radiologists with regular signouts but are given increasing responsibilities as their competencies increase. With only four residents per year, the program is small enough that the residents are intimately involved with procedures, and the clinical teaching is one-on-one with the faculty members. In addition, faculty and residents get to know each other quite well.

We are a categorical program with both diagnostic and interventional programs. We match four, PGY-1 residents annually, three in diagnostic radiology and one in interventional radiology. The three diagnostic radiology residents pursue diagnostic radiology for four years for a total of five post-graduate years. The interventional radiology resident follows the diagnostic radiology curriculum for three years and pursues interventional radiology for the next two years for a total of six years. Residents participate in work rounds with attending radiologist several times per day.

The diagnostic radiology residents do an internship in internal medicine at the Maine Medical Center. The interventional radiology resident does a surgical internship. The diagnostic portion of the training program includes:

  • Emergency Radiology
  • Mammography
  • Cardiothoracic Imaging
  • Vascular Interventional Radiology
  • Body CT
  • Body MRI
  • Neuro CT
  • Neuro MRI
  • Ultrasonography including US Scanning
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • 3 months of Pediatric Radiology at Children's Hospital in Boston
  • 4 weeks at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology in Washington, D.C.
  • 700 hours of nuclear radiology 4 rotations
  • 1 month of Research
  • Senior Diagnostic Radiology residents have 7 months of elective time

Message from our Program Director

Thanks for checking out our program. We really pride ourselves on training highly competent and successful diagnostic radiologists. Because of the quality of life in Portland the Maine Medical Center attracts a number of talented physicians in all areas of medicine. In Radiology we have fellowship-trained radiologists in every subspecialty. The Radiology faculty are all here because they enjoy teaching. To make it possible for us to take our teaching and scholarly activities to the next level MMC recently provided additional funding for attendings to have academic time. This protected time just became available starting July 1, 2017 and the impact is already clearly evident. Attendings can use this time to update or create new lectures, work on publications and quality improvement with residents and mentor residents.

There are no fellows in our department, which means that the residents are personally interpreting diagnostic cases and have a hands on experience doing many procedures. Residents work in close proximity to a faculty member. Because our program is relatively small (4 per year) the faculty and residents get to know each other quite well. 

The variety and volume of case material that Radiology Residents encounter at Maine Medical Center prepares them well for their careers in radiology. Most of our graduates go on to fellowship at very prestigious institutions such as Duke, Stanford, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital in Boston, Johns Hopkins, University of Utah, Stanford, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Vermont, Dartmouth, UCSF, Wake Forest, University of Colorado just to name a few.

While you are looking at our program you should also check out all the wonderful things there are to do and see (and consume) in Portland. It is a truly beautiful place with four seasons of outdoor activities to enjoy. The city has an extraordinary number of great restaurants and brew pubs. We enjoy a great cultural scene that includes music and performance arts of all types, a symphony and several theaters. There are also many great destinations in the region like Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport, Sugarloaf Mountain and many more.

On a practical note you should know that the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is a categorical program that has an integrated one year preliminary internal medicine internship here at MMC. We handle all of our applications through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). We ask that all completed applications be submitted through ERAS by October 1st. We appreciate that you have shown interest in the MMC Radiology Residency. Please contact our residency program coordinator, Cristi Holmes at (207) 662-4279 for additional information or to answer any questions you may have.

Warm Regards,

Grimes Charles 09

Charles Grimes, M.D.
Program Director
MMC Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program