Message from the Program Director

The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the University of Calgary is a fully accredited program, and it’s committed to excellence in resident training and research.

The radiology faculty are fellowship trained and many are recognized as leaders in the field. We have excellent relationships with other programs and are an integral part of the health system.  All of the subsections engage in regular multidisciplinary rounds.

The radiology program is medium sized ranging from 25 to 30 residents which allows a greater flexibility in resident scheduling and caseloads.  Our program emphasize a balanced approach with resident wellness and training considered equally important.  Although we offer fellowship in various subsections, we limit the number of fellows to ensure that learning opportunities for our residents are not diluted.

We have a well-integrated didactic teaching system with daily cases rounds and weekly academic half days. Daily case rounds presented by residents, fellows and staff further enhance the teaching curriculum. All the teaching activities take place in the R.D. Johns Lecture Theatre, which is a state of the art teaching classroom with an integrated PACS viewing station, and 98” LCD monitor. There is a dedicated resident’s library with core radiology textbooks and reference material that is complemented by radiology textbooks available electronically through the University of Calgary Library. There are also devoted Mac and PC workstations in the radiology resident library which are used for research and teaching. Residents have access to StatDx and RadPrimer, which are comprehensive online references and teaching material to supplement their core textbook reading. 

All of our diagnostic radiology residents are required to participate in at least two research projects. We have strong ties with the Department of Radiology Division of Image Science. The Division of Image Science brings together 9 full time research faculty members, approximately 30 trainees (MSc, PhD and Post-doctoral fellows) and an additional 19 research assistants/associates. There are many clinical and pre-clinical research groups that work closely with the Department of Radiology including the Seaman Family MR Centre, the Experimental Imaging Centre, The Hotchkiss Brain Institute, The Bone Imaging Laboratory, The Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre and Paediatric 3T Imaging Program. Every year the Department of Radiology Research Day presentations highlight resident and academic trainee research. As well, many of our staff are accomplished researchers and are willing to provide guidance to residents. 

The University of Calgary Diagnostic Radiology Program is a dynamic, resident driven program, with state of the art facilities and world renowned staff.  Residents are able to see a wide spectrum of pathology and receive training to ensure that they gain the knowledge and experience to excel during their future independent practice.  We have a proven track record of excellence in radiology, teaching and research. Graduates from our program have been very successful obtaining fellowship training positions and work at prestigious institutions throughout Canada and the USA.

- Dr. Ilja Tchajkov

The University of Calgary Diagnostic Radiology Program is a dynamic, resident driven program, with state of the art facilities and world renowned staff.

We have a well-integrated didactic teaching system with daily cases rounds and weekly academic half days. Daily case rounds presented by residents, fellows and staff further enhance the teaching curriculum.

  • Program Director

    Dr. Ilja Tchajkov
    Foothills Medical Centre
    1403 - 29 Street NW Calgary AB T2N 2T9
    Phone: (403) 944-4530 Fax: (403) 944-4577
  • Program Administrators

    Bonnie McCardle
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    Pamie Dow
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