Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging trains outstanding physicians to become the leaders of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in the 21st century.  This is three year ACGME approved program following the intern year.  Led by Dr. Miguel Pampaloni, the program trains residents to become experts in interpreting nuclear medicine imaging studies, and the therapeutic application of radioisotopes, while at the same time gaining a wide exposure to future directions in molecular imaging, biomedical physics, and cross-sectional imaging.

We welcome you to browse around this website and learn more about our program and what makes UCSF such an amazing place to train in nuclear medicine. If you have any questions that are not answered on this website, feel to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

About Our Residency Program

PET1At UCSF, the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program is within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. As a residency program, we benefit tremendously from the vast resources and opportunities available throughout the department. Our residents attend daily lectures with the radiology residents at 8 AM and 12 noon. This ensures our residents are exposed to the full spectrum of radiology, which provides additional context to the nuclear medicine studies and therapies we perform. We expect our residents to fully understand how nuclear studies complement other modalities, in addition to which follow-up studies may be most appropriate for addressing any remaining clinical questions. In addition to the radiology resident lectures, we have weekly dedicated nuclear medicine lectures, journal club, case reviews, research mentorship meetings, and monthly Grand Rounds. Since July 2007, our residents have been attending a graduate-level medical imaging physics course offered through the UCSF and UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering which has covered (in quartiles) the Physics of Radiology, the Physics of Nuclear Medicine, the Physics of Radiation Oncology, and the Physics of Molecular Imaging. Residents are also encouraged to attend the cardiology fellows' monthly Cardiac Imaging conferences held by videoconference with UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

PET5With the explosion of PET/CT, nuclear medicine as a specialty is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Today's nuclear medicine physicians are being trained with competence in cross-sectional anatomic imaging in addition to the PET, SPECT, and traditional gamma camera imaging studies. To accomplish this, the ACGME has added an additional year to nuclear medicine residency training programs, which became effective July 2007. This has allowed us to provide a more in-depth amount of cross-sectional training than previously possible. 

PET2During their training, nuclear medicine residents spend a majority of their time at Moffitt Hospital, on the Parnassus Campus. Eight months of each year are spent on the Nuclear Medicine service, which is split evenly between PET/CT, nuclear cardiology, and general nuclear medicine. Four months of each year are spent rotating through other radiology subspecialties including Chest, Abdominal Imaging, and Neuroradiology for cross-sectional training. Nuclear medicine residents are afforded the same learning opportunities as the radiology residents with regard to reading CT - they are expected to learn by doing, not by watching. By this we mean that during the months our nuclear medicine residents rotate through the other radiology subspecialties, they are functioning in a capacity similar to the radiology residents - independently previewing CT studies, reading them out with attendings, and dictating the reports. Nuclear Medicine residents completing their residency training at UCSF are competent in interpreting PET/CT, SPECT/CT, PET-Rubidium cardiac studies, in addition to traditional SPECT myocardial perfusion and general nuclear medicine studies.

How to Apply for a Nuclear Medicine Residency

The Nuclear Medicine Residency Program at UCSF does not participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Interested applicants may contact Sandria Wong for information regarding future openings.

To apply for a nuclear medicine residency position, please email the following together in one packet before November 1st*:

  • CV
  • Copy of USMLE scores
  • 1 page personal statement describing your background and your interest in nuclear medicine
  • if also interested in research, please include a 1/2 to 1 page statement on your research interests and goals

Also, please have three recent letters of professional reference emailed directly from the authors. If you have had extensive research experience, you may choose to submit a fourth letter from your mentor or advisor.

Upon receipt of your application packet and reference letters, they will be reviewed by the resident selection committee. We will contact you to let you know whether or not we are able to offer you an interview. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.

*Applicants to the UCSF Nculear Medicine Residency Program should mail their application packets such that they arrive before November 1st, approximately 19 months pior to their anticpated start date at UCSF.  For example, medical students should apply by November 1st of their 4th year.  We understand that some applicants develop an interest in nuclear medicine after November 1st of their 4th year of medical school.  If this describes you, please contact Sandria Wong to find out if there are any remaining nuclear medicine residency positions available, and if so, whether we are currently accepting late applications.

Residency Training

As of May 2013, resident training length is as follows:

  • Upon completion of internship, nuclear medicine residency training is three additional years.
  • Upon completion of residency in another specialty, nuclear medicine residency training is two additional years.
  • Upon completion of a diagnostic radiology residency, then a nuclear medicine fellowship is one additional year.

Nuclear Medicine Trainees

2013-2016 Nuclear Medicine Resident

  • Lorenzo Nardo, M.D.

2015-201 Nuclear Medicine Fellow

  • Robert Flavell, M.D., Ph.D.

Nuclear Medicine Residency Program Program Director

Associate Professor
Chief of Nuclear Medicine
Assoc. Prof of Clin.Radiology