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Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Sara Durfee, MD

Sara Durfee, MD

Radiology Residency Program Director

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The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Diagnostic Radiology Residency aims to provide world-class training to our residents to develop future leaders in the field of radiology.

We seek resident applicants of diverse backgrounds with varied clinical and extraclinical interests, which we believe truly enriches the learning environment. We value academic and clinical excellence, intellectual curiosity and desire for discovery and innovation, leadership potential, collegiality and kindness.

The BWH Diagnostic Radiology Residency is committed to furthering diversity, inclusion and equity in the field of radiology. These are programmatic values and actively worked on by our resident led committees: Radiology Trainee Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, Women in Radiology & Resident Wellness Committee).

See our other program staff here

We commend your decision to become a radiologist and are delighted that you have taken the time to learn more about our radiology residency program.

There are multiple roles you may choose to play in radiology including diagnostician, teacher, researcher, policy maker, and administrator. While excellence in clinical radiology is our first priority, we also recognize the importance of these additional roles and strive to provide our residents with the skills and opportunities that auger success in any of them.

We would like to highlight some reasons why we feel that Brigham and Women's Hospital is a special place to train.


Teaching in each clinical section occurs both at the workstations and in small group sessions. We use the preview system, in which the trainee interprets the images first and the findings are then reviewed one-on-one with a staff radiologist. Our faculty is subspecialty trained, bringing out the fine points of image interpretation and procedural skills that will serve the trainee well in clinical practice.

There are two resident teaching conferences daily, one at 7:45-8:30 am and another at 12:15-1 pm. Conferences range from didactic, case-based and interactive sessions, often utilizing audience response systems to allow for everyone’s participation.

Small group teaching case reviews occur daily in most sections as well.

For more information, please visit our Curriculum & Conferences and Courses pages.


Research opportunities are plentiful. Residents are introduced to ongoing projects through a yearly "research fair" during which residents can meet faculty research mentors and faculty from each section describe their current projects that residents can sign up to participate in.

Residents interested in taking their research to the next level may also apply for the Clinician Scientist Research Pathway (CSRP) or spend 4th year elective time on research.

Graduating residents present their research at our annual departmental senior research presentations. Click here to see the amazing research accomplishments of our residents.

Teaching Opportunities

There are several opportunities for residents to teach, starting during the first year. These include teaching and mentoring Harvard Medical students during their one-month required radiology clerkship and first and second year anatomy courses. Resident-as-teacher sessions are included in the daily conference schedule throughout the year.

A “Clinician Educator track” is available to those seeking additional training in medical education during the 4th year.

Finally, we honor our superb and dedicated resident, fellow and faculty educators annually with teaching awards, given out at the end-of-the-year graduation celebration.

Click here to learn more about teaching opportunities and see our past teaching award winners.

Humanitarian Efforts

Residents participate in local humanitarian projects (e.g. Sunday’s bread, supporting a family in need during the holiday season). Our residents also volunteer after hours to read studies performed at Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti under attending supervision. Finally, a “global health track” is available to those residents seeking additional exposure in global health.

Learn more about what our current residents are doing here.

Business, Informatics and Information Technology

Our regular resident conference schedule includes a curriculum covering various “non-interpretive” topics in business, informatics and IT, designed to prepare residents for practice beyond residency. Starting in their 4th year of residency and extending info the fellowship year, residents can also participate in a 2-year fellowship in a clinical subspecialty and evidence-based imaging at the Center for Evidence-Based Imaging (CEBI), which includes the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Additionally, residents can participate in Informatics and Artificial Intelligence research at the Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS) and spend elective time there in the fourth year.


We recognize that residency can be a stressful time with many competing interests and new responsibilities. In addition to the full time presence of the Program Director, Associate Program Directors, and Program Coordinators, we offer support during residency in the form of faculty mentors, a resident big sibling program, and professional support when needed. 

The People

Of all the special attributes mentioned above, none is more important than the individuals who make up "The Brigham". Our residents are a special part of this Brigham family. Graduates from our program have the opportunity to remain connected to the Brigham by joining our Mellins Society program. This group provides networking, continuing education, recruiting services and teaching opportunities to graduates of our training program.

Please carefully consider our program and see if it is the right fit for you. Wherever you train, we wish you every success in this most exciting and fulfilling field!


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