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Program for Radiologists

Over the years we've noticed that applicants pursuing a career in Diagnostic Radiology or Interventional Radiology have been increasingly interested in a preliminary year in General Surgery at the University of Washington. This heightened interest in a preliminary year in Surgery makes perfect sense given: a/ the congruent interests in human anatomy present in our two fields, b/ the opportunity as a surgical resident to see 3-D anatomy in its normal and pathologic states and correlate this with peri-operative imaging, c/ the ability for an internship in general surgery to provide the future radiologist with a broad-based foundation in the surgical specialties, d/ the close working relationship and team approach required by Radiologists and Surgeons everyday for the excellent care of their patients. With this in mind, the University of Washington Department of Surgery developed a Designated Preliminary Program designed specifically for future Radiologists.

We are proud of our training program as being one of the top in the U.S. and at the same time valuing an atmosphere of camaraderie, mutual respect and high resident morale. Our faculty represent many of the Who's Who in American surgery. We take pride in treating all of our residents equally – whether categorical, designated preliminary or undesignated preliminary. Due to the overwhelming success of this program it has become very popular.


Rotations are chosen with a focus on providing a broad based experience in general surgery specialties (GI, Vascular/Endovascular, CT, Breast, Surgical Oncology, ER) and the sub-specialties (Urology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology) in both the elective and trauma settings. There is lesser focus on ICU care than for other residents. The Program Director is open to accept limited special rotation requests within the pool of options. Most of the time we are able to acommodate them.


We know how expensive it is to travel for interviews, so we can offer the following interview options:

  • Personal interview with Program Director and/or surgical faculty during one of our Saturday interview dates.
  • Personal interview with Program Director and/or surgical faculty on another day of the week.
  • Phone interview with the Program Director

Comments from past graduates

"Things are going extremely well, and I feel very much at home here. As much fun as I had in the OR, Radiology remains to be my calling. I have to say though, compared to my colleagues who did internal medicine or transitional years, I am at a definite advantage when it comes to clinical necessity and understanding of indications."  J. Skrok, MD P1
"I was happy to match to the UW for my preliminary year in Surgery where I also matched in Radiology. My primary interest is in Interventional Radiology and as I will be sharing so many patients with surgical services, it made perfect sense for me to complete a year of surgical training prior to this. Having completed now just about a third of that year, I am very glad that I've done this. Not only will I be familiar with all of the systems that I will be starting with next year, but I have also already participated in multiple Tumor Boards with multi-disciplinary care teams seeing no end of difficult and fascinating cases. The extension of this is seeing the intra-operative correlation to all of the imaging and getting to appreciate first-hand the gross pathology outside of the reading room. Both my surgical faculty mentor and Dr. Horvath, the program director, have made sure that I am getting the most out of my year. It has been a great combination of a large university's exposure to a variety of pathology and a smaller program's devotion to personalized training."  Robert Linville, MD - 2009
"The UW Surgery internship provides a comprehensive medical and surgical background essential to your future career in Radiology. You will be given the opportunity to rotate through a number of General and Surgical sub-specialties (such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Trauma, and Urology) that will expose you to a number of patient populations and common surgical issues and diagnoses you will face frequently and everyday in Radiology. A surgical background also provides you with valuable critical care knowledge and surgical skill training; things you would not obtain in all Preliminary programs. The faculty and your fellow residents are fantastic at this institution."  Christopher Ingraham, MD - 2007