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Department Of Radiology

The Education Mission

Department of Radiology - Education

Mission Statement:

The principle objective of the Columbia University Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is to provide our trainees a thorough education in a broad range of experiences that result in clinical excellence in diagnostic radiology.  The program provides residents with an environment for the acquisition of the core competencies, such as medical knowledge and clinical judgment, development of patient care skills and professionalism, continued critical evaluation and improvement of their patient care practices, growth of interpersonal and communications skills, as well as awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care. 

Residents at Columbia-Presbyterian will learn:

To interpret and perform all types of diagnostic imaging examinations and procedures, to understand the physics and radiation safety principles underlying the various imaging techniques, to utilize principles of cost-effectiveness in selecting examinations and planning the imaging work-up of a patient, to apply principles of study design in imaging research and, optionally, to apply them to one of more projects during the residency, to prepare for board examinations, and to plan for a successful career in diagnostic radiology.

History of the Radiology Department at Columbia-Presbyterian:

The birth of radiology occurred over 100 years ago in December 1895, when Wilhelm C. Roentgen, Professor of Physics in Wuerzburg, Germany, presented a paper describing the recently discovered properties of x-rays. Within a month, Michael Pupin, Nobel Laureate Professor of Physics at Columbia University, performed the first optical intensified x-ray examination in the western hemisphere. The radiograph clearly demonstrated bullet fragments in a patient’s hand. Clinical radiography was quickly accepted, but a full Department of Radiology in the University was not established until 1934 with Dr. Ross Golden as its first chairman. At that time, the department began offering a three-year residency training program in radiology, making its trainees eligible for examination by the then new American Board of Radiology, of which Dr. Golden was a member. In the decades since, Columbia-Presbyterian has produced many outstanding diagnostic radiologists, many of whom have become chairs or division heads of academic radiology departments and have held leadership positions in radiologic societies.