Message from the Program Director

Message from the Program Director


Karen Johnson, M.D., DR Residency Program Director

Hello and Welcome to Duke Diagnostic Radiology! I am so glad you have chosen to take the time to visit our website and learn more about the program. Simply stated, we think our residents are the best in the world. I promise you that as a Duke Radiology resident you will have a wealth of resources to become the very best radiologist you desire to be. At Duke, you will be exposed to a wide breadth of pathology, ranging from the complex transplant and cardiac patients of Duke’s renowned surgical services to patients with more run-of-the-mill problems such as ACL tears and pneumonia. Duke has world class clinical departments, is a level 1 trauma center, has a state of the art Cancer Institute, and a long-standing relationship with the Durham Veteran’s Administration Hospital, conveniently located just across the street.

Autonomous independent resident call continues to be a core component of our curriculum, of which we are fiercely proud. Our diagnostic radiology residents produce a high level of image interpretations while taking autonomous overnight call – an experience that instills a sense of confidence among our residents that is not easily replicated in other training environments.

Duke Radiology has long held resident education among its highest priorities. Here, you will be taught by experts in each of the traditional clinical divisions of radiology: abdominal, breast, cardiovascular/cardiothoracic, interventional, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, and pediatric imaging. Research and teaching opportunities are abundant. With our 3/2 curriculum, residents have the opportunity for nearly 10 months of dedicated research time in their R4/PGY-5 year. However, if research is not your primary interest, you may customize your 3/2 experience with clinical electives and/or a mini-fellowship.

However, the very best part of our program is the people that comprise it. Our residents have varied backgrounds and diverse interests. We honor a sense of team spirit and emphasize a culture of support and trust. Faculty and residents are on a first name basis and work alongside one another at the PACS stations. And…we also like to have fun (check out the “social activities” tab as you navigate through the site!)

Thank you again for taking the time to learn about Duke Radiology. There are simply too many great qualities of our program to list them all so you must come and see for yourself!