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Radiology is a medical specialty in which a variety of radiologic methodologies are used to diagnose and treat diseases. Diagnostic radiology encompasses a variety of diagnostic and image guided therapeutic techniques, including all aspects of radiological diagnosis (nuclear radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, interventional procedures, and the use of other forms of radiant energy). Physicians studying diagnostic radiology are primarily hospital based and can specialize in a number of areas, including: vascular interventional; neuroimaging and intervention; abdominal imaging and intervention; nuclear medicine; chest and cardiac imaging; pediatric imaging; and mammography. The radiologist`s role has grown not only through great improvements in diagnosis, but also through the technological developments that permit numerous interventional radiology procedures. A diagnostic radiologist is the eye of medicine, helping the primary care physician diagnose and treat diseases.

Competitiveness HIGH
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IMG Profile

Diagnostic Radiology

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 241
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 247
  • Research: 3.6
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 7.0
  • Work: 4.6
  • Volunteer: 4.5

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 247
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 250
  • Research: 3.6
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 16.9
  • Work: 5.4
  • Volunteer: 4.2
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Radiology below:

The Top 5 Most Important Radiology Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. USMLE Step 1 score (97%)
  2. MSPE/Dean’s Letter (88%)
  3. USMLE Step 2 CK score (85%)
  4. Class ranking/quartile (82%)
  5. Grades in required clerkships (74%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. NRMP flag for match violation (4.8)
  2. Fluency in language of pt population (4.6)
  3. Professionalism and ethics (4.4)
  4. Personal prior knowledge of applicant (4.2)
  5. Ability to work legally w/o visa (4.2)

Fast Facts

Total Training 5 years; PGY-1 year must consist of training in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery or surgical specialties, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, family practice, emergency medicine, or any combination of these, or an ACGME or equivalent accredited transitional year.
Average Residency Salary $64,600
Average Physician Salary $437,000
Average Work Week 58 Hours
Peak Interview Months December-January
Key Organizations and Societies: American Board of Radiology
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
Association of University Radiologists (AUR)
American College of Radiology
American Osteopathic College of Radiology
The American Roentgen Ray Society
Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences
Association of Program Directors in Radiology
Association of University Radiologists
Radiological Society of North America
  • Anyone who wishes to specialize in any of the subspecialty areas must first certify in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiology is one of the major consultation specialties which requires a widespread knowledge base, research skills, and the ability to keep up with new modalities
  • The most competitive locations for Radiology are California, Boston, New York, and Seattle

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

34 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 1
Filled Programs 0
Positions Available 1
Filled Positions 0


  • Abdominal Radiology
  • Cardiothoracic Radiology
  • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Vascular And Interventional Radiology

Additional Info

  • Select Diagnostic Radiology programs may participate in the supplemental ERAS application. Please visit the supplemental ERAS application webpage for information, guidance, timelines, and resources.