Dalhousie University - Diagnostic Radiology - Halifax

2024 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on November 05, 2023

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Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Heather Curtis
Diagnostic Radiology 
QEII Health Sciences Centre, VGH Site  
Room 319, North Wing, 1276 South Park Street
Halifax , Nova Scotia, B3H 2Y9
Dalhousie Radiology

Program Contacts

Dr. Heather Curtis c/o Melissa MacLeod
Program Director/Education Assistant

Important Information

To obtain a postgraduate training license after the conclusion of the match, Canadian Medical Graduates (CMG's) must have registered and challenged the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part 1 (MCCQE 1) by July 1, 2024. Those unsuccessful in the exam are subject to the decision of the regulatory authority regarding licensure.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Supporting Documentation / Information

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)


You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.

Language of examination:      English
  • Score
  • Your Casper assessment result is sent directly to CaRMS from Acuity Insights. Please ensure that you give Acuity Insights permission to share your results with CaRMS.

    Applicants who take the test in the first iteration of the current match are not eligible to rewrite the test in second iteration. The Casper assessment is only valid for one admissions cycle. If you have taken the assessment in previous years, you are expected to re-take it.

    To register for the Casper assessment visit

    Reference documents
    Number requested: 3

    The three required reference letters must be from established physicians with preference for one of these being from a non-radiologist. You are not required to have a reference letter from our department for your application. Our Selection Committee prefers to see reference letters from people who know you well and can vouch for your competence beyond brief encounters on a two-week elective. References from senior residents will not be accepted.

    References are due by the CaRMS reference letter deadline.


    Additional documents
    Personal Letter 
    Word count
    Minimum : 500
    Maximum : 550

    A personal letter in your own words (500-550 words) of the reasons for application to radiology, and specifically Dalhousie Radiology, is requested.

    [Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

    Medical School Transcript 

    Your medical school transcript can be submitted through one of the methods below:

    1. Obtain your medical transcript from your school and upload it directly to your CaRMS Online account. Follow your school’s policy regarding accessing or requesting your transcript;
    2. Ask your medical school to upload your medical transcript through their CaRMS Undergraduate Portal account; or
    3. International (IMGs) and United States (USMGs) medical graduates can transfer their transcript from their account.

    Custom Résumé / CV 

    Medical Student Performance Record 

    For current year Canadian medical graduates (CMGs), there is no action required from you. Your medical school will automatically submit your MSPR to CaRMS on your behalf for you to assign.
    If your MSPR is in a language other than the program language of English or French, you are required to have the document translated.

    Review Process

    Applications submitted after file review has opened on December 2, 2023

    Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  December 2, 2023

    Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on December 2, 2023



    • January 23, 2024
    • January 24, 2024
    • January 25, 2024
    Interview Dates: January 23, 24 & 25, 2024

    Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
    Applications are prescreened by the Selection Committee. Candidates to be offered interviews will be contacted as soon as review is complete. Flexibility in setting interviews, within reason. All interviews will be held vitually.

    There is no examination in the interview. A recent photograph of the candidate as part of the electronic file would be helpful to the committee, especially upon review of candidate profile after the interviews.

    Selection Criteria

    Candidates are selected based upon their academic record, interview, personal letter, references and interest in this field. Interactions with the program in formal and informal settings may be considered in the selection process.

    Program goals

    To attract:

    • Candidates who are academically strong and have a strong interest in Diagnostic Radiology
    • Candidates who are well-rounded and interested in pursuing Research and Teaching.
    • Candidates who are interested in group and team learning and can work both independently and collaboratively as needed.
    • Candidates who have a history of responsibility and accountability to their colleagues.
    • Candidates with diverse background experiences and demonstrated outside interests and goals.

    To provide

    • A safe and friendly learning environment
    • A well-rounded curriculum that satisfies the requirements of the Royal College
    • Access to opportunities to complete supervised research
    • Access to opportunities to become involved in teaching and administration
    • Access to local as well as national experts to enrich the learning experience
    • Access to the appropriate number and types of studies to give a well-rounded experience
    • Access to community practice experience
    • Structured guidance and support for Residents in difficulty
    • A solid foundation for fellowship training or direct entry into community practice
    • A solid foundation to promote life-long learning

    Selection process goals

    The goals of the selection process are:

    • To select academically strong candidates who have a strong interest in Radiology as well as Research and Teaching.
    • To identify candidates who are interested in group and team learning and can work both independently and collaboratively as needed.
    • To select residents who have a history of responsibility and accountability to their colleagues.
    • To attract diverse candidates with outside interests and goals.

    Our program and university value the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in residency education, and achieving a diverse and inclusive group of residents is a goal in our selection process.

    File review process

    Review team composition : The review team is composed of:
    • Program Director
    • Assistant Program Director
    • Competence Committee Chair
    • Faculty at from at least one of our key stakeholders (DMNB or IWK)
    • Chief Resident
    • Associate Chief Resident
    • Resident at large (to ensure appropriate representation of the resident body)

    Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

    Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

    Evaluation criteria :
    File component Criteria
    CV Candidates academic history and overview of career
    Electives Candidates interest in Radiology and other specialties. Candidates experience outside of Radiology.
    Examinations We do not evaluate this file component
    Extra-curricular Outside interests and hobbies. Well-rounded candidates.
    Leadership skills Activity in Leadership and administrative roles. Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
    MSPRs Academic record and consistency
    Personal letters Candidates motivations, personal history, interest in the specialty
    Reference documents Collegial skills, academic, research and practical skills. Recommendations from known colleagues.
    Research/Publications Previous research history and quality
    Transcripts We do not evaluate this file component
    Other file component(s) All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite as part of their application for the 2022/23 admissions cycle. To complete, visit to create an account and complete the following assessments:

    ● Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)

    Elective criteria

    We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
    We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

    Interview process

    Interview format :

    We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

    Interview evaluation criteria :
    Interview components Criteria
    Collaboration skills Candidates that can work well in a team at various levels.
    Collegiality Candidates who show courtesy and collegiality during the interview process.
    Communication skills Candidates who are able to communicate and interact well with the interview team
    Health advocacy Discussion around health advocacy
    Interest in the discipline Discussion of the candidate's motivations and interest in Radiology
    Interest in the program The candidate's motivation and interest in studying Radiology at Dalhousie University and living in Nova Scotia during their training period
    Leadership skills Candidates previous leadership experience and future interests.
    Professionalism Discussions around professionalism and professional issues.
    Scholarly activities Discussion of the candidates CV indicated scholarly activities and future interests.

    Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

    Specifically, we may consider:

    Ranking process

    The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

    Program Highlights

    Quick Facts:

    - Electives are available outside of our regular training sites, pending approval of the Resident Program Committee subject to Royal College requirements.

    - Ratio of residents to faculty is 3:5.

    - Average patient load is not applicable to this specialty.

    - AIRP Radiology/Pathology course is made available to all residents (tuition paid by department).

    Additional Comments:

    Residents are encouraged to attend an annual national/international scientific meeting with stipend from the university department during training.

    Dalhousie University Department of Diagnostic Radiology offers a high teaching staff to resident ratio and harmonious working relationship with referring clinical departments.

    Departmental Website:


    Program Curriculum

    This residency program is for 5 years.

    Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

    The 2022-23 academic year saw the launch of Competency by Design for Radiology programs across Canada.  Below you will find a description of the different stages of training. A more detailed review will be provided during PGY1 orientation as well as within the CBD handbook that you will receive.


    This will consist of 11 rotations off-service, very similar to the traditional cohort as well as a new Longitudinal Radiology rotation.  There are 6 EPAs (Entrustable Professional Activities) that must be achieved during this phase of training.  The rotations are meant to provide foundational medical knowledge to enhance your learning during the Foundations stage of training in radiology.  The rotations will include:

    • Emergency Medicine (2)
    • General Medicine (2)
    • Neurology
    • Pediatrics
    • General Surgery (2)
    • Anatomical Pathology
    • Medical Oncology or Radiation Oncology
    • Orthopedic surgery or Thoracic surgery

    Longitudinal Radiology Rotation;

    This is a longitudinal 8-month-long half-day per week PGY1 curriculum for Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine residents to help achieve early Diagnostic Radiology EPAs, foster an understanding of the competence by design framework, build community within the residency group, improve resident integration within the department, and support resident wellness.  The program will run from September until end of April (when residents start radiology rotations).  The program will be assessed during and after its first year of implementation.

    PGY1 residents will work together as a group.  Much of the imaging components will be done through saved teaching cases on PACS, modules and self-assessments.  Some sessions will be supervised by more senior residents. 

    This is a new rotation that is meant to provide foundational instruction and introduction to the specialty of Diagnostic radiology.   This will involve a half day back to our department where the PGY1 residents will participate in and complete educational activities specific to radiology and to specifically address and meet the requirements for EPAs and training experiences laid out in the CBD curriculum.

    The details of this rotation will be provided in the CBD handbook including which EPAs and training experiences are covered with this piece of curriculum.



    During this stage of training residents will become competent in the discipline of radiology as it pertains to acute and common disease.  This stage takes place over a period of 10 rotations that begins at the end of the PGY1 year and finishes near the end of the PGY2 year.  There are 8 EPAs to be completed during this phase of training.  Often these will involve review of a single case will assessed by a senior resident, faculty, or may be assessed as part of a an OSCE or quiz.   There will be a focus on teaching residents the skills they need to function in the radiology department and feel prepared for starting call towards the end of this phase of training.  Rotations have been selected to facilitate this and include:

    • Ultrasound
    • CT
    • Neuro CT
    • Emergency Radiology
    • MSK
    • Chest
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • General pediatric radiology

    Ideally residents will achieve at least one rotation in US, CT, Neuro CT and Emergency Radiology before they start call in early PGY2.

    In addition, there is a dedicated introduction to call series that the residents will complete.



    This is the longest stage of training and will take place over a period of 38 rotations beginning at the end of PGY2 year and finishing midway through the PGY5 year.  At the end of this period of training it is expected that the resident will be competent in the breadth of the specialty of Diagnostic Radiology.  There are 9 EPAs to be completed during this stage of training. It is expected that these EPAs will be achieved by the end of the stage of training and will not be achieved in a sequential manner.  Rotations during this stage will cover all general and specialized areas of imaging including procedural work in the Interventional/Neurointerventional suite as well as on the biopsy service.  Subspecialty training in pediatric imaging as well as obstetric imaging will take place during this phase of training. 

    Extras:  Towards the end of this stage, residents will become eligible to participate in the locum program.    During this phase of training all residents have the opportunity to attend the 4 week AIRP course. 

    Royal College Examination:  This will take place between the end of Core training and at the beginning of Transition to Practice. 

    Written exam - Fall

    Applied Exam – Spring



    The transition to practice stage of training is the shortest stage.  It occupies the final 6 rotations of training and is meant to give the residents the opportunity to work as a ‘junior staff’ and manage a radiology service while still in training.  This is also an opportunity for residents to do rotations in areas specific to their future work or study or to enhance their learning in areas of perceived weakness.   This also provides an opportunity for residents to finish any scholarly work that may be outstanding.



    Residents are required to carry out original clinical research/audit/educational activity with the guidance of the Research Director and committee. Time will be made available for this academic activity. Presentation at national/international scientific meetings are supported by the department.


    Eight teaching seminars per week are conducted, inclusive of all general and subspecialty imaging services in radiology and nuclear medicine. A weekly quiz in the OSCE format is carried out. An integrated physics course, monthly journal club, introduction to ethics, quality assurance, continuing education workshops are offered to all residents beyond the PGY-1 year.

    Training Sites

    The following are primary hospitals for PGY 1-5:

    • QEII Health Sciences Centre is the base hospital, Halifax, NS
    • Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB
    • IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

    - Electronic medical resources available include Teaching files, RADPrimer, StatDx

    - Residents are encouraged to take part in community rotations

    NOTE: The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program in Halifax includes several blocks that are outside HRM, including Saint John, NB. Please be aware that if matched to Halifax, as part of your training you may be expected to complete rotations outside central zone but within the maritime provinces. 

    Additional Information

    AIRP radiology-pathology course is made available to all residents (tuition paid by department). Residents are encouraged to attend annual and/ or international scientific meetings with financial support from the university department. Dalhousie University Diagnostic Radiology Program offers a high teaching staff to resident ratio with a high clinical volume. There is an excellent working relationship with radiology, cardiology and related clinical departments. 


    Find out why our current residents chose the Dalhousie programs: 

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