Residency in Diagnostic Imaging
Chiropractic radiology is a specialty within the chiropractic profession that concentrates its efforts in the area of imaging study interpretation. The program of instruction is a three (3) calendar year, full-time residency program which is specifically designed to prepare the resident to sit for examination by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR).
The Residency in Diagnostic Imaging (RDI) of Parker University provides advanced educational training to qualified, licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) in diagnostic imaging in accordance with the standards established by the American College of Chiropractic Radiology (ACCR) and the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR). Our mission – develop competent, highly-skilled radiology professionals of the future.
The program is rigorous and residents are selected on a competitive basis for limited openings and receive an annual salary with health benefits. Applicants are chosen based upon a written examination, oral view-box examinations, and an interview with the residency selection committee. New residents are typically accepted each September or January; however, other start times may be entertained on an individual basis.
Method of Training
The faculty and staff of the radiology group at Parker are dedicated to providing a comprehensive, unparalleled training experience and educating tomorrow’s leaders in chiropractic radiology. Residents are exposed to the academic and clinical practice of radiology. The residency program consists of training modules covering five areas of subspecialty: musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, imaging of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems, thoracic radiology, and fundamental imaging physics. These modules are further subdivided into seven- to-15-week rotations covering the extent of the three year residency. The residency program follows the standardized syllabus developed and published by the ACCR and the program is under the direct supervision of a full-time diplomate of the ACBR who closely monitors and directs the progress of the resident(s).
Specific Performances and Duties
- The resident shall abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the residency handbook and the teaching resident job description.
- The duties of the radiology resident are assigned by the residency director and clinical sciences department chairperson.
- Every effort is made to provide the resident training and experience in special imaging procedures such as contrast medium studies, fluoroscopic procedures, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine studies.
Evaluation of Performance
Evaluation of the performance of each resident is conducted at the end of each training module and/or rotation and submitted to the department of clinical sciences chairperson by the residency director at the end of each trimester. The protocol for evaluation is set forth in the residency handbook.
Upon the successful completion of the residency program, the resident shall receive a certificate of residency completion and be eligible to sit for examinations administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR). Note the ACBR does not officially recognize a “board eligible” status.