Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

The University at Buffalo Department of Nuclear Medicine trains outstanding physicians to become the leaders of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in the 21st century. Led by Robert S. Miletich, MD, PhD, FAAAS, 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.

The residency in Nuclear Medicine is a three-year program accredited by ACGME. There are a total of four residents in the training program at a given time. The training consists of diverse rotations in University affiliated hospitals and clinics.

The primary objective of this program is to provide an intensive, integrated, clinically oriented educational experience in nuclear medicine. The program seeks to:

  • Create a learning environment with adequate and appropriate resources for both residents and staff.
  • Familiarize the trainee with the basic principles upon which the field of nuclear medicine is founded including radiation physics, radiobiology, health physics, instrumentation, radiopharmacy, radioimmunology, and computer science.
  • Provide adequate exposure to all areas of clinical nuclear medicine, both diagnostic and therapeutic.
  • Allow gradual assumption of responsibility by the trainees while maintaining adequate supervision.
  • Provide an opportunity for clinical and/or basic research especially for individuals considering an academic career.

In addition to clinical Nuclear Medicine residents are required to pursue a research project in each year of their residency.

Training is conducted at the Buffalo General Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The program has seven advanced SPECT cameras (four in site 1, three in site 2), three PET/CT scanners (two in site 1 and one in site 2), and two radionuclide generators (99mTc and 82Rb, in site 1). The radiology department now includes a small animal imaging center, with SPECT and PET/CT capabilities, as well as other preclinical research modalities.

Residents team with faculty mentors in pursuit of research with the goal of presenting results at appropriate national fora. Additionally, residents present posters at medical school, departmental exchanges and annual faculty meetings. Residents are also encouraged to submit their research to refereed journals for publication. Our goal is to not only train excellent clinicians in Nuclear Medicine, but also to ensure residents have a strong academic medicine background.

On completion of the program, residents will be adequately trained to pass the ABNM boards and function effectively as a Nuclear Medicine physician. The residency program provides a broad understanding of general nuclear medicine, as well as advanced subspecialties in nuclear oncology, nuclear cardiology, and molecular imaging.