Our four-year alternate pathway for international medical graduates (IMGs) follows the requirements of the American Board of Radiology Alternate Pathway. This pathway will help the candidates to become eligible to apply for both the American Board of Radiology examination, the American Board of Nuclear Medicine examination and the Medical Board of California licensure.

The pathway consists of four years of training in the Radiology Department at University of California, Davis. The program includes two-ACGME-accredited years of training in Nuclear Medicine program. The other two years of training include a combination of any of the following one-year programs: Neuroradiology, Pediatric Radiology, Cardiothoracic Radiology, Breast Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and/or Research.

Applicants of the ABR alternate pathway program may also be considered for an initial one year of research fellowship only, which will be independent and separate from the ABR alternate pathway. Participants of this research program will gain research experience as they work towards a future academic career in the field of Radiology. Acceptance and completion of this one-year research fellowship does not guarantee admittance into the American Board of Radiology alternate pathway program.

Application process:

Applicants interested in the research fellowship and/or in the four-year ABR alternate pathway need to submit their CV and personal statement (less than 300 words) indicating why they want to pursue the training program along with their five- and ten-year goal plan. In addition, include all supporting documentation proving their qualification as detailed below:


  • Qualifications required at enrollment (these qualifications are preferred but not required for the research fellowship):
    • Completion of Internship inside or outside of the US
    • Completion of Radiology Residency outside of the US
    • ECFMG Certificate
  • Preferred qualifications:
    • Strong research interests and peer-reviewed publications
    • Ph.D. or Master’s degree
    • Board Certification (e.g. European Board of Radiology)
    • ALL USMLE Steps including Step III

Deadlines: Applications are triannually reviewed on the following dates: December 1, April 1 and August 1.

Next application cycle is for only one position starting July 1, 2025.

Visa information:
This program sponsors visas according to UC Davis policy: https://siss.ucdavis.edu/scholar-visa-types

For questions and to submit applications, please email radprograms@ucdavis.edu.