Hands-On Training

The amount of hands-on training has always been a strong attribute of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics radiology residency program. Resident participation in performing interventional procedures has long been a standard operating procedure in our program. We take pride in knowing that all of our residents, even from the beginning of their training, actively participate in the performance of radiologic procedures.

The Division believes strongly that residents learn best by doing rather than by observing. All residents, even the most junior, are expected to assume an active role in patient care and performing all types of interventional procedures, increasing in complexity commensurate with their level of training and confidence. Upon completion of their training, our residents will have been exposed to all types of radiologic procedures and will be expected to demonstrate competence in performing percutaneous biopsies, drainages, and basic vascular and nonvascular procedures. Limiting the number of fellows within our program helps assure active resident participation in performing such procedures. Additionally, the VAMC provides an excellent arena for residents to broaden their interventional experience.